Birria de Pollo (Chicken Birria)
Birria de Pollo (Chicken Birria)
Birria de Pollo (Chicken Birria)
Birria de Pollo (Chicken Birria)
Servings Prep Time
6-8servings 20minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8servings 20minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
  • 4 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 dried ancho chile,stem and seeds removed
  • 1 dried guajillo chile,stem and seeds removed
  • 1 dried pasilla chile,stem and seeds removed
  • 2 dried árbol chilesstem and seeds removed
  • 3cups water
  • 2cups chicken broth
  • 2tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4teaspoon Ground black pepper
  • 1medium white onionthinly sliced
  • 2pounds boneless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • chopped red onion(for garnish)
  • chopped fresh cilantro(for garnish)
  • Lime wedges
Instructions
  1. Bring the tomatoes, dried ancho chile, dried guajillo chile, dried pasilla chile, and dried árbol chiles to a boil in the 3 cups of water. Cover and reduce heat to low; let simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until tomatoes are completely cooked. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature. Puree the tomatoes, dried chiles, and 2 cups of the cooking water in a blender until smooth. Add the chicken broth, vinegar, garlic, salt, oregano, ground cumin, and black pepper. Puree until well combined.
  2. Layer the sliced onion along the bottom of a slow cooker. Place chicken on top of the onions. Pour the chile sauce over the chicken. Top with the bay leaves. Cover and cook over low heat for 3½ to 4 hours. Remove bay leaves; shred chicken with two forks.
  3. To serve, ladle into bowls. Garnish with chopped red onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve with warm corn or flour.
Recipe Notes

For tacos de birria, spoon about 3 tablespoons of the shredded chicken down the center of a warm corn tortilla. Serve tacos with a small bowl of consommé (the tomato chile broth) on the side. Garnish both the tacos and the consommé with chopped red onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice.