Chicken in Pipian Sauce (A Traditional Mexican Recipe)

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READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by sassafrasnanc

Pipián is an earthy, pureed seed sauce that is traditional in Mexican cooking. Often made using pumpkin or squash seeds this recipe uses a few different seeds but you can easily substitue any that you prefer. This recipe is a more modern version of this very typical and grand recipe! I would suggest serving this over or with rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the chicken with the water, vegetables and seasonings in a large saucepan until tender.
  2. Strain, reserving the broth.
  3. Skin and bone the chicken, and set aside.
  4. To make the sauce, toast the sesame seeds lightly in a skillet, stirring constantly, until they are fragrant.
  5. Puree the sesame seeds with the almonds and 2 cups of the chicken broth.
  6. Heat oil or lard in a skillet, add the blended sesame-seed-almond mixture, and cook for 5 to 8 min., until thickened.
  7. Add 2 to 3 more cups of the broth and chicken bouillon and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  8. Add the chiles, olives, capers and chicken.
  9. Simmer for 10 minutes, and serve hot.

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