Jocon de Pollo

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recipe by Arousing Appetites

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Jocon de pollo is a chicken and tomatillo stew. It is a classic Guatemalan dish, heavily influenced by Mayan culture in Guatemala. It is a fusion of ingredients the Maya have been enjoying for centuries. Traditionally, jocon de pollo is eaten with rice alongside it, but depending on the thickness and consistency of your chicken and sauce, it can very well be served on its own as a sort of stew too. Jocon de pollo is a fun, colorful and super flavorful dish to try, especially since it’s incredibly easy to make.

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recipe updated Feb 5, 2020


  • Sesame seeds icon
    Sesame seeds
    about ¼ cup (32g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    2 tbsp (about 30ml)
  • Onion icon
    150g (about 1⅛)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Yellow bell pepper icon
    Yellow bell pepper
    100g (about ¾)
  • Jalapeño pepper icon
    Jalapeño pepper
    3 (42g)
  • Cilantro icon
    75g (about 2½ cups)
  • Green onion icon
    Green onion
    45g (about ½ cup)
  • Tomatillo icon
    230g (about 4⅛)
  • Chicken stock icon
    Chicken stock
    2 cups (480ml)
  • Chicken thigh icon
    Chicken thigh
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Lime icon
    as needed
  • Green onion icon
    Green onion
    as needed


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Blender
  • kCook icon Blender jug
  • kCook icon Large saucepan
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Glass measuring cup
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl

Step preview

  1. Add sesame seeds to a clean large saucepan
  2. Toast then set aside - approx 2 min, medium heat
  3. Replace on drop
  4. Add olive oil and onion to the large saucepan
  5. Cook until softened and continue - approx 2 min
  6. Add garlic clove, yellow bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, green onion and tomatillo to a clean large mixing bowl
  7. Mix briefly until combined
  8. Transfer vegetables to large saucepan
  9. Cook until softened - 4 min
  10. Add chicken stock to a clean glass measuring cup
  11. Transfer liquid to large saucepan
  12. Simmer while stirring occasionally - 5 min
  13. Transfer content of large saucepan to blender jug carefully
  14. Blend until smooth then set aside
  15. Add olive oil to the large saucepan
  16. Heat - medium heat
  17. Add chicken thighs to a clean medium bowl
  18. Season with salt & pepper generously
  19. Transfer chicken to large saucepan
  20. Sear each side - approx 3 min
  21. Transfer sauce to large saucepan and cover
  22. Simmer while stirring occasionally - 15 min
  23. Sprinkle with lime
  24. Garnish with green onion
  25. Serve
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