The ingredients of Guatemalan cuisine are corn, tomatoes, peppers, beans, plantains, tomatillos. Jocón is popular with the Mayan population of Guatemala. Chicken is simmered in a tasty sauce tinted by tomatillos and cilantro and thickened with ground sesame and pumpkin seeds and corn tortillas.
2 pounds Chicken, cut into serving pieces
4 cups Water
Salt to taste
1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup Sesame seeds
2 Corn tortillas, chopped, soaked in water
1 cup Tomatillos, hulled and chopped
1 bunch Cilantro, chopped
1 bunch Scallions, chopped
5 Jalapeño chopped or to taste
1. Place the chicken, water and salt into a large pot over medium-high flame. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
2. Remove the chicken to a bowl and strain and set aside the broth.
3. Heat a dry skillet over medium flame. Add the pumpkin and sesame seeds and dry roast them for 5-10 minutes. Dont burn them. Remove to a coffee grinder and grind to a fine powder.
4. Add the sesame and pumpkin seeds, tortillas, tomatillos, cilantro, scallions and Jalapeño to a blender. Add 1 cup of the reserved broth and process until smooth.
5. Return the chicken to the pot. Pour over pureed sauce and add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the remaining broth to give it a sauce-like consistency.
6. Heat over medium-low flame and simmer for an additional 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve.