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Pulique, a Maya dish from Guatemala
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Pulique de Pollo: Guatemalan Stewed Chicken

A delicious chicken stew bursting with the flavours of fresh market vegetables and herbs. It's a traditional Mayan dish enjoyed at celebrations and on Guatemalan holidays.
Course Main
Cuisine Guatemalan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 452kcal
Author Jardin de America Spanish School

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef bones optional
  • 1 pound chicken organic or yellow skin
  • 4 potatoes peeled and halved
  • 1 1/2 huisquil rinse to remove stickiness
  • 2 cups masa corn flour wet
  • 6 small tomatoes
  • 1/ 2 tsp achiote paste
  • One bunch each of fresh cilantro, hierba buena (fresh mint) and green onion

Instructions

  • Simmer the beef bones (in water to cover) with 3 leaves of hierba buena, cilantro and a green onion for one hour;
  • Simmer chicken (in enough water to cover) with 3 leaves of hierba buena, cilantro and a green onion for 30 minutes. Remove chicken and reserve;
  • Add the vegetables to the chicken broth and simmer until tender but not mushy;
  • Strain the beef and vegetables reserving the liquid;
  • Shape the masa into 6 small balls of dough;
  • Liquify the achiote with 3 tomatoes, 3 balls of masa and the liquid from the beef and chicken. Add more balls of masa if it looks watery;
  • Strain the tomato mixture into a pot on the stove;
  • Simmer, stirring continuously for 15 minutes. Add more liquid if it gets too thick.
  • The key to success for pulique de pollo is in the stirring. According to Olga, it's important to simmer the sauce until it's the colour of a mandarin orange. She was vigilant in this task, not removing the spoon from the pot for even a minute.

Notes

  • The key to success for pulique de pollo is in the stirring. According to Olga, it's important to simmer the sauce until it's the colour of a mandarin orange. She was vigilant in this task, not removing the spoon from the pot for even a minute.

Nutrition

Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 1185mg | Fiber: 9g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 28.2mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 11.7mg