Pollo en Jocon Guatemalteco

Jocón - Guatemalan Chicken and Tomatillo Stew

One of Guatemala's most famous dishes, jocón or pollo en jocón is a traditional stew of chicken and tomatillos that's very easy to make.

Course Main
Cuisine Guatemalan
Keyword chicken and tomatillo stew, chicken in salsa verde, jocon, miltomate, pollo en jocon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 605 kcal
Author Michele Peterson


  • 3 pounds chicken pieces whole chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 4 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds known as pepitas in Latin America shelled
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 whole corn tortillas fresh, soaked in water and torn in pieces
  • 2 cups tomatillos hulled or substitute 16 ounces canned tomatillos (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro fresh, chopped
  • 1/2 cup scallions fresh, chopped. Scallions are the green part of the stalk of a green onion
  • 1/2 cup mint fresh, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped


  1. Bring chicken, water or broth, and salt to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming the foam from the surface while cooking.

  2. Remove the chicken and set aside in a bowl. Strain the broth and reserve the liquid, discarding any solids.

  3. Bring a dry cast iron skillet or comal to a high temperature. Add the pumpkin seeds and then sesame seeds toasting them until brown.

  4. Grind the seeds in a spice or coffee grinder or in a blender/food processor until very fine.

  5. Add the pepitoria (ground seeds), tomatillos, soaked and shredded corn tortillas, cilantro, scallions and chile to a food processor. Add one cup of water and process until silky smooth.

  6. return the chicken to the cooking pot. Pour the green sauce over the chicken and add remaining 3 cups of water, stirring to mix well.

  7. Simmer for 20 more minutes. Adjust seasoning and then serve.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Jocón - Guatemalan Chicken and Tomatillo Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 605 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 65%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 174mg 58%
Sodium 763mg 32%
Potassium 767mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 47g 94%
Vitamin A 18.7%
Vitamin C 24.6%
Calcium 15.2%
Iron 26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.