Mexican pollo en pipián

    1 hour 50 min

    When I lived in Mexico this was one of my favourite dishes. Toasted sesame seeds and blanched almonds are puréed and cooked with chillies, olives and capers.

    14 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 1 whole chicken, cut into parts
    • 750ml (1 1/4 pints) water
    • 2 stalks celery
    • 1 bay leaf, crumbled
    • 1 onion, quartered
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 dessertspoon salt
    • 1 dessertspoon black pepper
    • 75g (3 oz) sesame seeds
    • 75g (3 oz) blanched almonds
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 chicken stock cube
    • 3 guero chillies (see note), chopped
    • 2 jalapeño chillies, chopped
    • 50g (2 oz) pitted black olives
    • 1 dessertspoon capers

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. In a large saucepan, combine chicken, water, celery, bay leaf, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until chicken is tender. Strain, reserving the stock. Remove skin and bones from the chicken; set the meat aside.
    2. Toast the sesame seeds lightly in a frying pan, stirring constantly, until they are fragrant. In a food processor or blender, purée the sesame seeds and almonds with 225ml (8 fl oz) of the reserved chicken stock.
    3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium low heat. Add the sesame seed and almond mixture, and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in another 225ml reserved chicken stock and bring to the boil. Add chicken stock cube and reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped chillies, olives, capers and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes, and serve hot.


    Guero chillies are small and yellow, giving medium heat. They also go by the simpler term "yellow hot chilli". If you're unable to find this variety, use a Hungarian wax chilli or poblano.

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    This was just wonderful!!!  -  31 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    the yellow pepper (guerro) added a nice spice to the sauce, however the seaseame seeds be very carefull in warming them, I reccomend 2 min I a found out the seeds are what set the sauce a success or failure,so I reccomend 2 min max so that the oils in seeds are released... no roasting required!!.. was not a big hit in my Mexican family.... something is missing its to grainy for my taste.  -  07 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is not a bad recipe but it just didn't knock our socks off. The color is not very appetizing. With some tinkering, it might be a decent filling for a burrito.  -  23 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)