Aji de Gallina: Peruvian Spicy Creamed Chicken Recipe

Spicy Creamed Chicken Aji de Gallina

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Ratings (115)
  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
807 Calories
42g Fat
62g Carbs
46g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 807
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 616mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 22%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Protein 46g
Calcium 241mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Aji de gallina is a delicious Peruvian classic — slightly spicy and bright yellow from the famous aji amarillo peppers, and rich from the unusual cream sauce made with ground walnuts. This dish is traditionally served over rice with boiled yellow potatoes and black olives. You can buy frozen yellow aji peppers (they often look more orange than yellow) at Latin food markets. You can also find jarred aji amarillo paste, which works well too. If you can't find aji amarillo peppers, then substitute another hot chile pepper and add a yellow bell pepper for color.

Ingredients

  • 4 yellow potatoes
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 to 4 yellow aji peppers
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons walnuts (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 10 black olives (halved)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Cook the yellow potatoes in salted water until tender when pierced with a fork.

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  3. Let cool, peel, cut into quarters and set aside.

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  4. Place the bread in a small bowl and pour the evaporated milk over it to soak. Set aside.

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  5. Place the chicken breasts in a pot with the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.

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  6. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until chicken is just barely cooked through.

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  7. Set chicken aside to cool.

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  8. Strain broth and reserve 2 cups.

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  9. Remove stems and seeds from the peppers.

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  10. In a blender, process peppers with the vegetable oil until smooth.

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  11. Sauté the garlic and onions with the puréed peppers and oil until the onions are soft and golden.

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  12. Remove from heat and let cool.

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  13. Shred the cooled chicken into bite-size pieces.

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  14. In a blender or food processor, process the evaporated milk and bread mixture with the nuts and Parmesan cheese until smooth.

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  15. Add the cooked onion mixture and process briefly.

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  16. Return onion mixture to pan, and add 1 1/2 cups of the reserved chicken stock.

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  17. Bring to a low simmer, and stir in the chicken. Heat until warmed through, adding more chicken stock if the sauce is too thick.

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  18. Serve over rice, garnished with the yellow potatoes, slices of hard-boiled egg and black olives.

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