This is an exquisite dish and very traditional of the Mexican cuisine, where the chicken is combined with the exotic pipian salsa.
The origin of the word pipian, borns from the necessity that the Spaniards had of naming a new reality for them. This happened when they knew the pumpkin seeds and they related them with what they already knew like the cantaloupe, the apple, the cucumber, etc. They concluded in naming them pepitas and for that reason this salsa is called pipian as it is prepared with pumpkin seeds.
*Although if we would want to be too precise in the name of the salsa it should be called “pepian", it is more correct.
The beauty of the pipian salsa is that it combines very exotic ingredients. Apart from using pumpkin seeds also sesame seed, guajillo pepper, ancho pepper and more ingredients are used that make the pipian have a thick consistency, a rough texture and an unbeatable flavor. It is a salsa that is very similar to the moles.
Before enjoying this main course you can start with a soup or salad – and when the moment comes to enjoy the chicken in pipian, it can be accompanied with a rice.
About the Recipe
In this recipe the pipian salsa has to be prepared, which is laborious and also the chicken has to be cooked, which is easy.
The chicken in pipian can be prepared with the chicken pieces that you like the most.
In this recipe chicken stock is needed, which can be obtained from the liquid where the chicken is cooked.
The pumpkin seeds that are used to prepare the pipian, should not have salt nor any flavoring.