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Pollo Ciudad With Cilantro Sauce And Pickled Tomato Salsa

by Rie McClenny


for 4 servings

Pickled Tomato Salsa

  • 1 lb
    tomato (455 g)
  • ½ bunch scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 2 serrano chiles, with seeds, thinly sliced in rounds
  • ½ cup
    white vinegar (120 mL)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons
    brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons
  • ½ cup
    olive oil (120 mL)
  • 4 teaspoons
    ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon
    garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons
    yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon
  • 2 teaspoons
    ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon
  • 2 teaspoons
    cracked black peppercorn


  • 4 skin-on, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon
    ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons
    vegetable oil

Cilantro Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons
    unsalted butter
  • 4 shallots, diced
  • salt, to taste
  • 6 large mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 bunches fresh cilantro, stems and leaves seperated, chopped
  • 1 ½ jalapeñoes, chopped with seeds
  • 2 tablespoons
    ground cumin
  • 2 cups
    chicken stock (480 mL)
  • ¾ cup
    heavy cream, divided (180 mL)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons
    brown sugar
  • ¼ cup
    red wine vinegar (60 mL)
  • 3 cups
    cooked rice, for serving (690 g)
  • fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • scallion, chopped, for garnish
    Calories 1001
    Fat 71g
    Carbs 64g
    Fiber 4g
    Sugar 12g
    Protein 31g

Estimated values based on one serving size.



  1. Make the pickled tomato salsa: Bring a medium pot of water to boil and set an ice bath nearby. Remove the cores from the tomatoes and score an “X” on the undersides. Blanch for 15 seconds in the boiling water, then immediately transfer to the ice bath to stop the cooking. Peel the skins with a paring knife, then seed and chop the tomatoes.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the scallions and serrano chiles.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring the vinegar to a boil. Add the sugar and salt and cook until dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a separate medium saucepan over medium heat until just smoking. Add the ginger, garlic, mustard seeds, cayenne, cumin, turmeric, and peppercorns and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour the spice mixture over the tomatoes, followed by the vinegar mixture. Stir to combine, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or several days.
  6. Make the chicken: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  7. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper.
  8. Heat the oil in a large cast iron pan over high heat. Add the chicken skin-side down and cook for about 9 minutes, until the skin is golden brown and releases easily from the pan. Flip the chicken and finish cooking in the oven for 10 minutes, until cooked through.
  9. Make the cilantro sauce. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and season with salt, then cook until starting to brown. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft and golden, about 10 minutes.
  10. Add the cilantro stems and leaves, reserving about ½ a bunch of leaves for later on. Add the cumin and jalapeños, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock. Increase the heat to high and cook until the liquid is reduced by half.
  11. Add the cream and return to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat. Transfer the sauce to a blender with the reserved cilantro leaves and puree. Return the sauce to the pan.
  12. Whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and vinegar together in a small bowl. While continuing to whisk, pour 1 cup (290 G) of the sauce into the egg mixture to temper. Add the egg mixture to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thick and smooth.
  13. Arrange the chicken over a bed of your favorite rice and spoon the cilantro sauce over. Garnish with the Pickled Tomato Salsa, scallions, and cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.
  14. Enjoy!