Pollo con Nopales (Chicken and Cactus)

Pollo con Nopales (Chicken and Cactus)

Chef Kiki 0

"Don't let the cactus part fool you! They already sell it canned or peeled whichever you prefer. One of my bff's mom taught me this recipe and it goes great with just about anything. Not for the faint of heart if you're not into spicy things."


30 m servings 174 cals
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Original recipe yields 2 servings



  • Calories:
  • 174 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 3.2 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 11.9g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 25.7 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium:
  • 99 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. Cook the chicken breasts in the boiling water until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Drain and set aside to cool. Once cool, shred the chicken into small strands.
  2. Fill the pot again with water and bring to a boil. Cook the tomatillos, jalapeno peppers, and nopales in the boiling water until the vegetables are all tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.
  3. Blend the tomatillos and jalapeno peppers in a blender until smooth; pour into the pot with the shredded chicken and place over medium heat. Cut the nopales into small dice and add to the mixture. Allow the mixture to simmer until completely reheated, about 5 minutes.
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  1. 11 Ratings


This is really simple and tasty. I've made it twice now and the second time around I used 4 tomatillos and when I blended the tomatillos and jalapenos I added a little chicken broth.

Very good! I also used additional tomatillos and only used 1 jalapeno since I have a tendency to make things too hot for most tastes. I added about 1/4 C chicken broth and 1/4 t ground cumin. ...

Good & easy recipe. As So. California residents my mother grows cactus aka Nopales in her yard & she harvests this "green meat" throughout the year. As kids we grew up on it. Thanks for sharing ...

Not enough flavor for me. Definitely needed salt. I used fresh nopales (grown on our property) and they made the mixture pretty slimy. My Mexican husband told me when it was too late that I s...

I understand that this is "con Nopales" but after having it, I can't say that the cactus was really worth the mess and effort. I think a better substitute for the flavors in this would just be g...

Not bad. I used pre-cooked, packaged chicken slices, and added a dash of garlic powder, 2 tbsp lime juice, and 2 tbsp of dried cilantro leaves. I didn't shred my chicken, just a personal prefere...

Very good flavor! We used bell peppers instead of nopales and added one white onion and a bit of chicken broth, served over white rice and/or in corn tortillas. Everyone loved it! Definitely ...

made with chicken breast chunks, did not shred, added black beans with the cactus and some onion, cumin and a dash of chicken boullion, put on tortillas and used tomatillo salsa as a topping wi...

I made this using all the ingredients (plus chicken broth per one of the reviewers alterations), but did not follow the quantities. Mainly because I didn't know how it would turn out. While it c...