If you, like us, have a friend bequeath you packets of aji pepper puree, you may be dumbfounded at first too. Well look no further because you've found the answer to your aji prayers!
By far the best Peruvian dish we have ever made. OK so it's also the only Peruvian dish we've ever made. Yet after devouring this Aji de Gallina I'm not sure I could force myself to make any other Peruvian cuisine - it's that good.
This is a beautifully simple, though perhaps time-consuming dish to make. But the great thing is that it makes a ton of food. Great for dinner parties.
Peruvian Spicy Creamed Chicken - Aji de Gallina
Yield: Serves 6-8
- 1 1/2 lb. chicken breast
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 packet aji pepper puree
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 4 slices bread
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 4 yellow potatoes
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- 10 black olives, halved
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup cooked rice
- Cook the yellow potatoes in salted water until tender when pierced with a fork. Let cool, peel, cut into quarters, and set aside.
- Place the bread in a small bowl and pour the evaporated milk over it to soak. Set aside.
- Place the chicken breasts in a pot with the chicken stock, and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until chicken is just barely cooked through. Set chicken aside to cool. Strain broth and reserve 2 cups.
- In a blender, process pepper puree with the oil until smooth. Saute the garlic and onions with the pureed peppers and oil, until the onions are soft and golden. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Shred the cooled chicken into bite-size pieces.
- In a blender or food processor, process the evaporated milk and bread mixture with the walnuts and Parmesan cheese until smooth. Add the cooked onion mixture and process briefly.
- Return onion mixture to pan, and add 1 1/2 cups of the reserved chicken stock. Bring to a low simmer, and stir in the chicken. Heat until warmed through, adding more chicken stock if sauce is too thick.
- Serve over rice, garnished with the yellow potatoes, slices of hard boiled egg, and black olives.