Friday, February 12, 2010

Aguadito de Pollo (Peruvian Chicken Soup)

We've been feeling guilty about missing a bunch of Weekend Wokking months, so we've decided we have to be "proactive." While we have an idea of what we'd like to submit for this edition of Weekend Wokking -- theme: onions -- we've also decided to make as many dishes with onions as possible and submit them, in case something "happens" and we don't get to make our original entry. The more, the merrier, right?

First up, this Peruvian chicken soup.

Funnily enough, this dish was Wandering Chopsticks' entry to the cilantro edition of Weekend Wokking! The moment I saw that nice verdant soup on her blog, I knew I wanted to eat it! We used her recipe and it turned out fantastic.

Besides a nice cilantro flavor, the soup definitely had an onion-y bent to it.


Wandering Chopsticks' recipe called for making a quick chicken broth, but since we already had some chicken broth on hand, we simply poached our chicken breasts in the broth.

Of course, this soup being for our household, we had to triple the recipe.

When they were cooked, I took the breasts out of the broth and shredded them.

magic green paste

Next, the magic that makes the soup. I puréed onions (we had very large onions), cilantro and garlic in the food processor. We also had some sorry-looking parsley in the refrigerator, so I threw those in as well.

The recipe called for raw rice, but since we had leftover cooked rice, that's what I used. I added the rice into the chicken broth, along with some diced potatoes. When the potatoes were cooked, the shredded chicken went back in. That's also when that magic green paste went into the pot.

We let it cook just for a little while, throwing in the peas and adjusting the seasoning. Then, for fun (actually, for photography purposes), we served the soup with some feta cheese.

In each spoonful, you have nice homey chicken, fresh-tasting cilantro (and parsley), comforting rice and potatoes, sweet peas, and very savory and aromatic onions.

What more can one person want?

Wandering Chopsticks' Aguadito de Pollo

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We're submitting this recipe to Weekend Wokking, a world-wide food blogging event created by Wandering Chopsticks celebrating the multiple ways we can cook one ingredient.

The host this month is Christine of Kits Chow.

If you would like to participate or to see the secret ingredient, check
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  1. That soup looks so fresh and green and good!

  2. YUm, I'm suffering with a cold right now & that looks like it would be just the ticket

  3. I also made Wandering Chopsticks' recipe except I used turkey soup. Thanks for participating in Weekend Wokking. Looking forward to seeing another recipe with onions.

  4. kevin: Thanks!

    It's comfort food all the way.

    Kits Chow:
    I guess we both couldn't resist the cilantro goodness!

  5. This looks amazing. I love cilantro and am always looking for new ways to incorporate it into my meals.

  6. Charmian:
    Adding fresh cilantro to the finished product would make it even more cilantro-y!

  7. Awesome shots and the recipe quite like the one we make in Peru. Aguadito is a staple in Peru, particularly in Lima. The cilantro scented trio of Peruvian cuisine consists of Aguadito, Seco (lamb, chicken or beef cilantro slow cooked stew) and Arroz con Pollo (chicken and cilantro scented rice). The latter will be featured in my next Peruvian Cuisine Tasting and Wine Pairing on August 26th. Details in my blog

  8. winecouver:
    Thanks for the visit. Have yet to try Peruvian seco... sounds good!


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