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Aji de Gallina – Peruvian Chicken Stew

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Aji de gallina – a creamy Peruvian chicken stew or fricassee served with boiled eggs, olives, potatoes, and rice.

peruvian chicken stew with aji amarillo

Many Latin American recipes here this week. After the Mexican tostadas, the Argentinian empanadas, and the Choripan con chimichurri, now is time for a Peruvian food recipe, the famous Aji de Gallina.

And it is not over yet when it comes to Latin American recipes, I still have the Costa Rican Gallo pinto, a Brazilian fish soup, and a Tomato and Avocado Salad from Panama.

peruvian chicken stew with potatoes and eggs

Peruvian Food

I have to confess that I found it very difficult to find suitable Panamanian and Peruvian food recipes. Not because the food of these countries is not great, there were so many recipes I would have loved to cook myself, but the main difficulty is the lack of the proper ingredients here.

I found many Peruvian and Panamanian recipes with yuca or plantains and so on, stuff I cannot possibly get in my corner of the world. So, I spent more time looking for Peruvian and Panamanian recipes than I spent looking for recipes for all the other countries I meant to cook all together.

I knew about this aji de gallina, I have seen the recipe before and it was always something I knew I would like to cook. I love anything with chicken in it and then that smooth bright sauce, the olives, and the eggs on top… What is not to like?

This Peruvian recipe is for those of you out there, who would like to try aji stew without spending a lot on ingredients that are not available in your area.

peruvian aji de gallina

Ingredients for Peruvian chicken stew

Stock:

  • You can use bought or homemade stock (that you have in your fridge or freezer) and skip making the stock yourself. In this case, cook the meat in the available stock as indicated in the recipe. You will need roughly 1 liter/ 4 cups stock.
  • There will be some leftover stock, don’t waste it. Pour it into a jar or bottle and keep it in the fridge for several days. Or freeze it for up to 3 months. You can use the leftover stock for adding to a soup, for making stews or sauces.
  • When the meat is cool enough to handle, tear it into small pieces and set aside.

Peppers:

  • The bell yellow peppers and the chili will substitute the aji amarillos.
  • My chili was very hot this time, so I have only used one.
  • Adjust the heat of the dish as desired. You can add more chilies or leave their seeds inside to make the dish hotter.

Olives:

  • I always use black wrinkly ones that still have their pit inside, similar to these olives (Amazon affiliate link). Pitted olives make no sense for me, as they taste pretty much of nothing. But do use what you like.
  • If you chose to use whole olives with a pit inside, warn the other people at the table about the pits, people don’t always expect them.
aji de gallina recipe

How to cook aji de gallina?

Make the stock:

  • Chop the vegetables roughly. Place them together with 2 garlic cloves, and meat in the pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, turn the heat down, and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until the breasts are cooked through. Don’t overcook them or they will get tough.
  • Remove the breasts from the pot and set them aside.
  • Continue cooking the stock (uncovered) while you prepare the rest. You will need some of the stock for the recipe.
  • If the stock is not flavorful enough, add a chicken stock cube, it will increase the flavor.

Make the sauce:

  • Cook the cleaned and quartered yellow peppers for about 10 – 15 minutes or until soft. Drain well.
  • Return to the pot, add some stock, and the remaining 2 garlic cloves. Puree until smooth. Set aside.
  • Place the torn white bread slices and the walnuts in a bowl. Add some of the chicken stock and puree to obtain a thick paste. Set aside.
  • Cook the chopped onions until translucent in a Dutch oven or another heavy-bottomed pan.
  • Add the finely chopped chili, pepper sauce, and ¼ cup of the chicken broth. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Add the bread mixture and simmer for 5 minutes. If the sauce is not smooth enough at this point you can blend it again.
  • Shred the chicken and add it to the pot together with the olives and the milk.
  • Turn the heat a bit up and continue cooking for several minutes or until the sauce is thickened to your liking.
  • Adjust the taste with salt and pepper. Be generous.
peruvian chicken aji de gallina

How to serve?

Typically with hard boiled eggs, boiled potatoes and rice.

A feast for my husband, I am telling you. Chicken fricassee and hard boiled eggs with sauce are two of his favorite dishes and this aji de gallina is almost a South American version of a chicken fricassee with eggs in it. He could not stop eating it!

Start cooking the eggs, potatoes, and rice while the rest of the dish is cooking, so that you have everything ready in time. If you don’t have enough place on your hob with all the different pots and pans, you could cook the potatoes and the eggs together.

Leftovers?

The Peruvian chicken stew can be easily reheated. If I have leftover rice and potatoes (sliced) as well, I add them to the sauce and reheat everything together. You might want to add a small amount of chicken stock or water when you reheat the sauce together with the rice and/or potatoes.

aji de gallina peruvian chicken stew

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peruvian aji de gallina served with eggs and potatoes on a white plate

Aji de Gallina - Peruvian Chicken Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Aji de gallina – a creamy Peruvian chicken stew or fricassee served with boiled eggs, olives, potatoes and rice.

Ingredients

  • 2 carrots, about 150 g/ 5.3 oz
  • 1 leek, about 130 g/ 4.6 oz
  • 4 celery sticks or 1 pieces celeriac, about 100 g/ 3.5 oz
  • 4 garlic cloves, divided
  • 500 g/ 1.1 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, 2-3 pieces depending on size
  • 1,5 liter/ 50 fl.oz/ 6.3 cups water
  • 4 large yellow bell peppers, about 900 g/ 2 lbs
  • 50 g/ 1.7 oz white bread, about 2 slices
  • 50 g/ 1.7 oz/ scant ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 onion, about 135 g/ 4.7 oz
  • 1 red chili (more as desired for a hotter dish)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 20 black olives
  • 200 ml/ 6.7 fl.oz/ ¾ cups + 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • To serve:
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 200 g/ 7 oz/ 1 cup rice
  • 4 potatoes, size as desired

Instructions

Stock:

  1. Roughly chop the carrots, leek, celery, or celeriac. Place them into a pot together with 2 of the garlic cloves and the whole chicken breasts.
  2. Cover with the water, bring to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove the chicken breasts from the pot and set them aside.
  3. Continue cooking the stock (uncovered) while you prepare the rest. You will need some of the stock for the recipe. (Note 1 and 2)

Sauce:

  1. Remove the seeds from the yellow peppers and quarter them. Place them into another pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, turn the heat down and cook for about 10 - 15 minutes or until soft. Drain well.
  2. Return the peppers to the pot, add about 60 ml/ ¼ cup from the cooking chicken stock and the remaining 2 garlic cloves. Puree until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Place the torn white bread slices and the walnuts in a bowl. Add 60 ml/ ¼ cup of the cooking chicken broth. Puree the toast and the walnuts to obtain a thick paste. Set aside.

Stew:

  1. Chop the onion and the chili finely. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or another heavy-bottomed pot and cook the onion until translucent. Add chili, pepper sauce, and ¼ cup of the chicken broth. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  2. Add the bread - walnut mixture. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes more. If the sauce is not smooth enough at this point you can blend it again.
  3. In the meantime shred the cooked chicken breasts. Add the chicken to the pot together with the olives. Add the milk, turn the heat a bit up and continue cooking for several minutes or until the sauce is thickened to your liking.
  4. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper. Be generous.
  5. Serve with hard-boiled eggs, cooked rice, and boiled potatoes.
  6. Aji de gallina can be easily reheated. If you have leftover rice and potatoes (sliced) as well, add them to the sauce and reheat everything together. You might want to add a small amount of chicken stock or water when you reheat the sauce together with the rice and/or potatoes.

    Notes

    1. If the stock is not flavorful enough, add a chicken stock cube, it will increase the flavor.
    2. Strain the remaining chicken stock and use it for soups, stews, or sauces. The chicken stock will keep in the fridge for several days or it can be frozen for later use.
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 950Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 323mgSodium: 1472mgCarbohydrates: 87gFiber: 10gSugar: 15gProtein: 67g

    Nutritional information is not always accurate.

    mjskitchen

    Monday 30th of July 2018

    This looks really, really good! I love aji peppers. Sissi at Withaglass turned me onto them. I've only used them once and loved the flavor. I can imagine how wonderful the flavor goes with chicken and your other ingredients. Pinned!

    Sissi

    Monday 30th of July 2018

    Sounds delicious! I have recently started to cook with Mexican dried chillies and found all I needed on UK Amazon (I also buy there powdered chilli for Indian cuisine, dried Thai chillies... I can get all the ingredients in many "exotic" food shops, but they are much more expensive or/and the quality is lower).

    angiesrecipes

    Sunday 29th of July 2018

    It looks filling and delicious! I adore that sauce.

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