Chicken Calpulalpan (Pollo a la Pepitoria Calpulalpan)

For lovers of fine mexican cuisine and its more refined possibilities, here is a very traditional recipe for chicken from Tlaxcala. The chicken Calpulalpan is traditionally made with Pulque, a mexican beverage with alcohol but since this is a difficult ingredient to find outside Mexico we put down beer with Tequila instead. This more elaborate mexican chicken recipe is best kept for those times when you have more time, such as weekends, preferably.

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Recipe for Chicken Calpulalpan

Ingredients for 4 guests:

* 1 big chicken (over 3 lb.)
* 1 medium onion
* 1 clove garlic
* 1 mexican beer
* 1 oz. Tequila
* 2 eggs
* 12 raw almonds, peeled
* olive oil
* flour, as needed
* 1 cup liquid chicken broth
* saffron
* laurel
* parsley
* salt and pepper


1) Boil the eggs for 10 minutes, remove their shell and reserve the yolks. Sprinkle some flour on a plate; cut the chicken in pieces, season them and roll in the flour.

2) Peel the onion, then chop it finely. Pour 4 tablespoons oil in a pan and in it fry the chicken pieces until well browned, drain off excess fat and reserve the chicken on a plate.

3) Fry the chopped onion in the same oil, until browned, then put back the pieces of chicken in the pan, mixing everything well. Pour the beer in as well as the Tequila and when the liquids start to boil, add the liquid broth to cover chicken. Add the parsley and bay leaf, cover and simmer over low heat until chicken is tender, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.

4) Separately, fry the garlic then mix in the almonds and grind to a paste in a spice grinder, add egg yolks and the sprig of saffron. Once everything is ground to a paste it all dissolved in a little hot broth and put in the stew.

Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate and cook the sauce until it thickens. When ready to serve, heat the sauce back up and add chicken pieces.

Garnish with some chopped hard boiled eggs if desired.

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