Shredded Chicken & Tomatillo Sauce

This is a quick break out video from the longer Tamale video. In this clip Nonna Snowden and MawMaw Gwen show you how to make shredded chicken with a delicious Tomatillo Green Sauce. The chicken goes good in tacos, quesadillas, and fajitas to name a few options! Enjoy!

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Shredded Chicken & Tomatillo Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy.
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    “Shredded Chicken”

    • 2-3 pounds chicken quarters (dark meat is best) (See Note 1)
    • 1 large onion (chopped)
    • 1/4 to 1/2 cup minced garlic
    • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 2 tbsp Jacobsen Ghost Chili Salt
    • Olive Oil
    • 2ish cups Tomatillo Green Sauce



    1. Put chicken (with skin and bones) into large pot.
    2. Add onion, garlic, cumin, ghost chili salt.
    3. Fill pot with water and boil chicken for 30 mins. (See Note 2)
    4. Let chicken cool and pull chicken meat and skin off bones.(See Note 1)
    5. Pull meat apart to shred chicken.
    6. Coat a frying pan or pot with olive oil and heat
    7. Add shredded chicken to the pan or pot and Tomatillo Green Sauce.
    8. Mix sauce & chicken and let simmer.
    9. Simmer until all excess water has evaporated.
    10. Check chicken to ensure it is cooked.


    “Tomatillo Sauce”

    • 4 Tomatillos
    • 1-2 Jalapeños
    • 1/4 Onion
    • 1/4 bunch cilantro
    • 2 tsp Kosher Salt


    “Tomatillo Sauce”

    1. Peel tomatillos and remove stems
    2. Remove Jalapeños stems
    3. Place tomatillos, jalapenos, and onion in a pot.
    4. Add water to the pot and boil until tomatillos and jalapeños are soft.
    5. Once vegetables are soft remove them from the water and place them in a blender.
    6. Add salt.
    7. Do not add water to the blender.
    8. Blend until smooth. (See Note 3)

Note 1: You can use boneless or bone-in chicken parts. MawMaw Gwen uses bone-in because she uses the bones to make chicken broth.

Note 2: Chicken may not be entirely cooked through. Check it if you are going to eat it at this point.

Note 3: As the tomatillos and jalapeños will be hot, remove the center piece on the blender lid to keep the sauce from expanding quickly out of the blender! (exploding)

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