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Chicken in Cream Sauce

Chef John

"Aunt Mary's was a popular brunch restaurant in San Francisco that served Mexican and Salvadoran dishes. My wife and I went every Sunday for a late breakfast. She always ordered Huevos Rancheros; my usual was Pollo en Crema."
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Ingredients

2 h 20 m servings 483 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Combine chicken (breast-side up), chicken broth, water, Mexican crema, tomatoes, red peppers, jalapeno peppers, onion, garlic, oregano, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a large stockpot, ensuring all ingredients are submerged in the liquid. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour. Watch Now
  2. Turn chicken over using a pair of tongs. Cover stockpot and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove chicken from mixture and set aside. Watch Now
  3. Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a boil, skimming off any fat that rises to the surface, 5 to 10 minutes. Watch Now
  4. Cut chicken into serving-size pieces and return to stockpot; stir in chopped cilantro and cook until chicken is warmed through, about 5 minutes. Watch Now

Footnotes

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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 483 calories; 31.6 g fat; 7.2 g carbohydrates; 41.7 g protein; 167 mg cholesterol; 385 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Talk about great FLAVOR - this is it! Chef John has done it again. Perfect as written, no need to change a thing. As I was making this, I was second guessing the recipe - 'Maybe I should brow...

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Prepared as recipe stated, but had two problems. The recipe listed sour cream as an option, which I used; however, this separated even though I did not even bring it to a boil. Very unappealing ...

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Talk about great FLAVOR - this is it! Chef John has done it again. Perfect as written, no need to change a thing. As I was making this, I was second guessing the recipe - 'Maybe I should brow...

People watch to video. Chef Johns says the sour cream will break and curdle and shows how to fix that. It also clearly shows the chicken is only half submerged in the liquid. That is why you ...

Oh my goodness, this is one of the best meals I've ever made! I used 4 chicken legs with the thighs attached because I didn't want to take a whole chicken out and cut it up. It cooked faster, ab...

Prepared as recipe stated, but had two problems. The recipe listed sour cream as an option, which I used; however, this separated even though I did not even bring it to a boil. Very unappealing ...

Oh! MY! I made this recipe for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious! I recommend highly that you try this recipe. At first, I thought that it was going to be too spicy with the jal...

Excellent! I used a can of Rotel tomatoes and added a bag of frozen green peas and served it over rice. I also thickened it with a little arrowroot. Very delicious!

This recipe was DELICIOUS!! I did add some corn starch to thicken the sauce, though, but otherwise pretty much followed the directions exactly. Served it with Mexican rice, re-fried beans, and c...

Made this yesterday and my kids and hubby loved it! Not spicy at all for kids. I also made some Spanish rice with in and mixed it in with the chicken after serving them into individual bowls... ...

I made it exactly as written, I even made my own Mexican crema. The flavour is missing something but I'm not sure what that something is.