Tinga De Pollo Gavacho

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“This is another great recipe I learned while working with some great Mexican cooks. I was told that this dish is pretty authentic, but tends to have more onions and tomatillos than chicken. This recipe make look intimidating, but it;s not. If you don't have dried chilies in your pantry, I recommend you get some. They're great for boosting a home made salsa and for making you own chili powder. If you are unfamiliar with tomatillos, read on. They are kinda like a tomato, but they are greenish and have a paper like outer skin. The flesh is kinda like an apple in texture and sweet/tart in taste. When shopping for them, look for loose outer skin and the flesh should be sticky to the touch. I like to serve this simple, with some jack cheese and small flour tortillas. Throw in a little sour cream for some extra richness, and your well on your way to a nice food coma. This recipe is mild on the heat level, enough that my four year old loved it. You can add more peppers to kick it up if needed. But no matter how you sling it, it's all bueno.”

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  1. In a large sauce pan combine the chicken, dried peppers, the can of tomatoes, the chicken broth, and one of the chipotle peppers with 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce. Bring this to a boil, then simmer over med-high heat until the chicken is done.
  2. Remove the outer paper skin from the tomatillos and the stem. Core them and dice them. Leave them in big pieces.
  3. Puree the rest of the chipotles with their sauce.
  4. French cut the onions, and cook in a large skillet with the butter and the salt. Cook over a medium heat until tender and starting to brown.
  5. Add the diced tomatillos and and 3 table spoons of the chipotle puree to the onions and cook over medium low heat until the everything is real soft and caramelized. Add more if you like it hot.
  6. When the chicken is done, remove from cooking broth, reserving for later and shred the meat with a couple of forks.
  7. Add the chicken to the onion mixture and mix well. Add about a half a cup of the cooking broth to the mixture. Add more if it's still too dry.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy.

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