Pulled Chipotle Chicken and Fixins

Serves 4-6


  • For the Poached Chicken: 
  • 1 4- to 5-pound organic chicken, rinsed 
  • 2 ribs celery, cut into thirds
  • 2 carrots with leafy tops, cut into thirds
  • 1 onion, quartered 
  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed 
  • 1 large bay leaf 
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • A few stems parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil 
  • 2 mild red peppers, frying, field or bell, quartered lengthwise then thinly sliced  
  • 1 large onion, quartered and thinly sliced 
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • About 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1/2 palmful
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo, seeded then very finely chopped plus 3 tablespoons of sauce 
  • 2 cups poaching liquid or chicken stock
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes 
  • 1 14-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes 
  • A small handful cilantro, finely chopped 
  • 1 poached chicken, skin and bones removed, shredded  
  • Fixins:
  • Charred or warmed corn tortillas
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded Manchego, cheddar or Chihuahua cheese
  • Diced avocado dressed in lime
  • Pickled sliced jalapeño peppers
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Red onions, chopped or thin rings

Place the chicken in a pot with poaching ingredients, cover with water and bring to boil. Reduce heat to keep the liquid at a low, rolling boil and cook 45-60 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool to room temp. Remove chicken skin and bones, reserve meat. Strain liquid; you should have about 3 quarts. Store leftover poaching liquid for various uses.

Heat large deep skillet over medium-high heat with oil, 2 turns of the pan. Add peppers, onions and garlic, and season with salt, pepper and cumin. Cook partially covered for 7-8 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally. Add chipotles, adobo sauce, poaching liquid, tomatoes and reserved chicken to the pan. Stir in cilantro and simmer to thicken over medium-low heat, about 15 minutes. Serve with fixins of choice and a side of black or red beans and brown rice cooked in poaching liquid to package directions.