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Tomatillo Chicken Recipe

Tomatillo chicken, called pollo entomadado, prepared with skinless chicken thighs and legs, and white potatoes simmered with tangy tomatillos and chipotle chile in adobo sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: how to make tomatillo chicken, Mexican chicken recipe, tomatillo chicken recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Andrés Carnalla


  • 4 chicken legs
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 1/4 lb. tomatillos or green tomatoes
  • 2 large white potatoes
  • 1/4 large white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt + to taste
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil


  • First, remove the skin from the chicken.
  • Then, generously season the chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside while you prep the potato, tomatillo, onion and other ingredients.
  • Remove the papery husk from the tomatillos then rinse under warm water.
  • Cut the potato into 1/2" cubes. Cut the tomatillo into 1/2" pieces. Slice the onion lengthwise into thin strips. Finely chop the cilantro, garlic, and chipotle chile.
  • Preheat a large frying pan to medium-hot then add 3 tbsp. of olive oil. In the hot oil, lightly brown the chicken pieces on both sides.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, add the onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute until the onion just starts to turn translucent.
  • Then add the tomatillo and cook for 5 minutes until it has softened and is changing in color from bright green to pale green.
  • Add the chopped chipotle and stir. Add the potatoes and cilantro stir well.
  • Add the chicken broth, water, oregano, and salt then stir well.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil then add the chicken pieces. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • To serve, spoon the tomatillo potato mixture on a plate and place 1 thigh and 1 leg on top.


  • You can leave the skin on the chicken if you prefer. Follow the same steps for browning and cooking.
  • It will keep well in the refrigerator for 3 days.


Serving: 2pieces | Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 662mg | Sugar: 6g