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Pulled Chipotle Chicken and Fixin’s

Serves 4-6

Ground cumin combined with chipotle peppers in adobo adds a smoky flavor to this gluten-free meal.


For the poached chicken:

  • 1 4-5 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 of 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 can diced tomatoes (14 ounces)
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (14 ounces)
  • A small handful cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 poached chicken, skin and bones removed, shredded

For the fixin’s:

  • 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


  1. Place the chicken in a pot with poaching ingredients; cover with water and bring to boil. Reduce the heat to keep the liquid at a low, rolling boil and cook for 45-60 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool to room temperature. Remove the chicken skin and bones; reserve the meat. Strain the liquid (you should have about 3 quarts). Store the leftover poaching liquid in the freezer for various uses.
  2. Heat a large deep skillet over medium-high heat with the oil, two turns of the pan. Add the peppers, onion and garlic and season with salt, pepper and cumin. Cook, partially covered, for 7-8 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally. Add the chipotles, adobo sauce, poaching liquid, tomatoes and reserved chicken to the pan. Stir in the cilantro and simmer to thicken over medium-low heat, about 15 minutes. Serve with fixin’s of your choice and a side of black or red beans and brown rice cooked in leftover poaching liquid, according to package directions.