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Peruvian Chicken

“Aji de gallina” is a classic Peruvian dish, with shredded chicken simmered in a smooth, creamy sauce with chili, cheese and walnuts. Ají de gallina is considered a comfort food, and the name translates to “chicken chili” or “hen’s chili.”

Serves 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins


  • 4 cups Cooked Chicken (shredded)
  • 2 slices of bread, crust removed
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 tbs Walnuts
  • 2 tbs grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tbs Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tsp Aji Amarillo Chili Paste
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Stock
  • 4 Eggs, boiled
  • 4 Yellow Potatoes, boiled
  • Steamed White Rice


  1. Prep your chicken. You can use leftover cooked chicken by shredding it. Or, you can start with a fresh rotisserie chicken.
  2. Soak the bread in the milk for a few minutes. Dice the onion and finely mince the garlic.
  3. Put the soaked bread, walnuts and parmesan in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Warm the oil in a medium pan and add the onion. Cook a few minutes until softened then add the garlic, aji amarillo and turmeric and cook a minute more.
  5. Add the bread-walnut mixture, the chicken and around ½ cup (120ml) of cooking water from the chicken or stock. You can add a little more or less to taste - it should be moist but not runny. Mix well and simmer for around 10 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve with steamed White Rice, and slices of Boiled Eggs and slices of Boiled Potatoes.
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