Chicken in Pipian Sauce (A Traditional Mexican Recipe)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

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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