Chicken Chile Verde


During culinary school, I worked at a Mexican restaurant in Saranac Lake, NY, called Casa Del Sol. My favorite dish was the chile verde. In this version, I simmer large chunks of chicken slowly in a green sauce of tomatillos and chiles.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
6 servings


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 6 pieces

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 8 tomatillos, husked and quartered

  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic

  • ½ bunch cilantro

  • 3 cups chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 ½ pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup sour cream, for garnish


  1. Season chicken pieces with salt and black pepper on all sides.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, 2 to 3 pieces at a time, until browned on all sides, about 15 minutes total. Set aside.

  3. Place tomatillos, jalepeno peppers, garlic, cilantro, and chicken stock in a blender and puree until smooth. Set aside.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-low heat in a Dutch oven. Stir in onion, cook and stir until onion is soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in cumin, oregano, and bay leaf; cook 1 minute.

  5. Place chicken over onion mixture in the Dutch oven. Pour in tomatillo mixture. Bring to a boil, decrease heat to low and simmer, covered, until the meat is tender and falling off the bone, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

  6. Stir in potatoes and cook, uncovered, until they are easily pierced with a fork, about 35 minutes.

  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste; serve garnished with sour cream.

    close up view of Chicken Chile Verde garnished with sour cream in a bowl, served with tortilla chips and lime wedges
    Rod Russell

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

441 Calories
25g Fat
30g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 441
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 425mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 35mg 177%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 919mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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