Chicken Posole

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 2, 2009


I ran across this recipe in Real Simple. I don’t make many of the recipes in the magazine because they often have more expensive ingredients and they would cost more than $5 for the meal…but when I ran across this recipe…I knew it could be done for under $5…


…and I think there is just enough leftover that the Hubs and I don’t have to fight over it for tomorrow’s lunch! Yes, I would fight him for this one…it was that good!

1 tablespoon olive oil ($.10)
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced ($.15)
4 cups homemade chicken broth (free)
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes ($.59)
1 hot chili pepper, thinly sliced (free from the garden)
2 cups shredded chicken meat ($1.50) Use shredded chicken from $.88/lb whole chicken
1 15-ounce can hominy, rinsed ($.99)
2 tsp lime juice ($.10)
Salt/Pepper, to taste
2 mini French loaves ($.20) Bought 8 mini loaves for $.79 on Manager’s Special…omit if GF.
Butter and jam ($.25)
2 broccoli heads ($.40) Bought a ton when on sale for $.79, blanched and froze!

1. In a large saucepan, add olive oil and sliced onion and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until turns opaque.
2. Add the broth, tomatoes, and chili and bring to a boil. Stir in the chicken, hominy and lime juice and simmer until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Slice and toast French bread. Serve with butter and jam.
4. Reheat broccoli in saucepan with 1/2 cup of water for 5-7 minutes.
5. Serve Chicken Posole with Broccoli and French Bread.

Cost $4.28

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathy October 3, 2009 at 6:07 am

For us Aussies, is Hominy simply corn kernals?


Alaina February 2, 2010 at 6:12 pm


Garbanzo beans could give a similar taste/ texture.


Stacie October 3, 2009 at 10:36 am

I saw the same recipe and put in on my weekly meal plan. Thank you for revising it to make it budget friendly.


Betsy October 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I’ve recently revived hominy as a staple in our menus. We love it! It’s so good in anything at all.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 3, 2009 at 2:23 pm


Hominy is corn kernals with the germ portion removed. Corn kernals would be the closest substitute without changing the taste of the meal.



Clarica October 4, 2009 at 3:35 pm

We make the Mexican version of this soup and it is a bit different… Make the same basic broth and add the shredded chicken and hominy as well as some shredded carrots in place of the broccoli. Also, add some Mexican oregano (found in the Hispanic section of your store) for a great new flavor! Top your bowl with some chopped cilantro and finely shredded cabbage and a squeeze of lime… yum!! I think the cost should be about the same… I make a huge pot of this about once a month…
Thanks for having such great dinners to share!


Charlaine October 6, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Spagetti Sauce served over hominy makes a nice change from pasta. Use the white hominy.


Charlaine October 6, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Spaghetti sauce served over hominy is a nice change from pasta. Try with the white hominy.


Glenda October 8, 2009 at 10:47 pm

This was totally the best chicken soup ever. It resembled Menudo in my opinion but without the cow stomach lining : -) LOVE your blog and many delish recipes!


Leslie, the Home Maker January 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I made this tonight, and you are not kidding! It was YUMMMMMMM!
It made the make-this-again list!
Thank you!


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