September 2022 Recipe is for Calabaza con Pollo

Submitted by: Arthur Garcia, President of Nicha's Comida Mexicana. Nicha's Comida Mexicana is one of Mission's customers. It is a recipe that his mother made when he was growing up and is one of his favorite dishes.

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  • 1 whole chicken without giblets
  • 5 oz. water, divided
  • 1 chile de árbol
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/3 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 fresh jalapeño, sliced
  • 1 medium red tomato, quartered
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 5 zucchini
  • 4 oz. water
  • 2 cups canned sweet corn


  1. Rinse chicken and cut into 8 pieces.
  2. In a large skillet, add 4 oz. of water, and add the chicken with the chile de árbol, salt, bay leaf, cumin, and garlic powder.
  3. Cover with a lid and allow to steam on a low heat for around 30-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  4. Add tomatoes, jalapeños, and onions to the skillet. Cook for another 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Slice the zucchini into 1/4" slices and add to the skillet. Cook another 10 minutes.
  6. Dissolve the tomato paste into 1 oz. of water and mix well. Add to the skillet and add the corn. Stir in together and cover and allow to cook for 2 - 3 minutes.

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