Chicken In Guatemalan Pulique Sauce

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 40m
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"Pulique is a common dish of the Guatemalan highland."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (841.9 g)
  • Calories 724.7
  • Total Fat - 47.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7 g
  • Cholesterol - 74.1 mg
  • Sodium - 1291.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 53.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 14 g
  • Sugars - 15.8 g
  • Protein - 29.9 g
  • Calcium - 136 mg
  • Iron - 5.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 132.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 1 mg

Step 1

Place the chicken thighs, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, chicken broth, and 1 teaspoon of salt into a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the chicken is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

Step 2

Remove the chicken and vegetables from the pot, reserving the broth, and set aside.

Step 3

Mix the masa harina with water in a small bowl, and let stand until the corn flour has absorbed the water and made a pliable dough, about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Form the masa dough into a 2 inch ball. Place the dough ball, tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic, onion, guajillo peppers, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds, cloves, peppercorns, epazote, and achiote seed into the broth, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

Step 5

Discard the cinnamon stick, and remove the vegetables and dough ball from the broth with a strainer. Place them into a blender, and working in batches if necessary, blend the ingredients until mostly smooth.

Step 6

Strain the sauce, and set it aside. Retain about 1/2 cup of broth.

Step 7

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, and slowly pour the sauce into the hot oil, letting it fry and bubble until it starts to change color, about 3 minutes.

Step 8

Add the chicken, zucchini, potatoes, and carrots to the sauce, pour in about 1/2 cup of reserved chicken broth, and stir.

Step 9

Season with salt to taste, and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes to blend the flavors.

Tips & Variations

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