Chicken Posole


Chicken Posole – This is one of my all time favorite soup recipes! This soup is hearty, healthy, loaded with fresh goodness and full of exciting flavors (and heat if you prefer). This soup isn’t your traditional Posole. It’s very similar to chicken tortilla soup but with added cabbage and hominy. If you like Mexican food you will love this soup!

I got this recipe from my sister and just switched it up a bit. Before it didn’t have any spices or green onions, the chicken wasn’t grilled and it wasn’t served with avocados.

Sometimes if I don’t have fresh tomatoes I will also use canned but if you use canned I would say omit the sugar (I added sugar to tone down the acidity of the fresh tomatoes).


Everyone I’ve served this soup to loves it! It’s one of the most satisfying soups and it’s perfect for chilly days, or even summer days to use up fresh veggies.

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Chicken Posole

This soup is hearty, healthy, loaded with fresh goodness and full of exciting flavors. It's very similar to chicken tortilla soup but with added cabbage and hominy. If you like Mexican food you will love this soup!

Servings: 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 2 lbs boneless , skinless chicken breasts, grilled and shredded*
  • 1.25 lb Roma tomatoes (about 5)
  • 1/2 large yellow onion
  • 2 green onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-5 jalapenos , to taste**
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 6 cups chicken broth (you can add an additional 2 cups if desired)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1 (29 oz) can Mexican Style hominy (don't drain)

Serve with

  • chopped cabbage (cut to about 1/2"- 1" pieces)
  • lime wedges
  • shredded Monterrey or Cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • chopped fresh cilantro , for garnish (optional)
  • diced avocados
  • tortilla chips


  1. Dice tomtatoes, yellow onion, green onions, garlic and jalepenos into chunks then toss into food processor along with 1/3 cup cilantro. Pulse until everything is chopped into very small pieces (you may need to do this in batches depending on how much your food processor can fit, alternately you can chop these all up by hand which is what I would do before I got a processor). 
  2. Pour mixture into a large saucepan, add in chicken broth, chili powder, sugar, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring mixture just to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes (or up to 1 hour). Add in hominy and grilled, shredded chicken and cook a few minutes until heated through. 
  3. To serve: place a handful of chopped cabbage in serving bowl, squeeze juice of one lime wedge over cabbage, laddle soup over cabbage, top with grated cheese, diced avocados, sour cream, optional cilantro and serve warm with tortilla chips (I like to dip some chips and crush some into the soup).

Recipe Notes

*for the chicken I baste them lightly with extra virgin olive oil then season them lightly with taco seasoning (here is a good recipe, I omit the red pepper flakes and substitute cayenne pepper) before grilling. But do it however your prefer.

**add these according to desired heat preference. To me these are the highlight of the soup and I love things HOT so I usually add about 5. If you don't like a lot of heat I'd recommend going with a lesser amount and maybe even removing the seeds from the jalapenos. So add with caution based on how much heat you like.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Posole
Author: Jaclyn


  • CAC: The recipe states, “season chicken lightly with taco seasoning (here is a good recipe)”.

    What is the good recipe for taco seasoning.
    Making tonight, anxious to try it. September 21, 2015 at 5:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Here is the link sorry it wasn’t working! I wish I was having this soup tonight! Thanks for the reminder I’ll have to add it to my menu this week :). September 21, 2015 at 2:53pm Reply

      • CAC: I am eating this right now!!
        First time and loving it.
        FYI…..I LOVE your site.
        I found it about a year ago and you are my go to for great, easy, delicious recipes. I have yet to make something that was not a hit!!
        Thank you!
        Cheryl September 21, 2015 at 3:22pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you have been enjoying my site :)! Thanks for letting me know! And I’m happy to hear you liked this soup! September 21, 2015 at 5:36pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks for the comments =)! June 8, 2012 at 8:11pm Reply

  • Rasmussen Family: This is seriously the best soup! Love it! June 8, 2012 at 7:48pm Reply

  • Faith: This looks positively delicious. Your blog is amazing! June 8, 2012 at 6:14am Reply

  • Debs @ The Spanish Wok: Sounds good and I love the various toppings.

    You are welcome to join in my monthly food blogger event THE SOUP KITCHEN, here offering a new theme each month. All bloggers are welcome, hope to see you participate soon. June 7, 2012 at 11:25pm Reply

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