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Peruvian Aji de Gallina (Spanish for chili pepper chicken) is a traditional Peruvian dish which has its roots in the social upheaval of the French Revolution in 1789. Chefs working for wealthy families lost their jobs after French aristocrats were imprisoned and executed. Some of these chefs travelled to the New World, including Peru, bringing with them French culinary expertise. Wealthy Peruvian creole families hired them to demonstrate their wealth to the ruling Spaniards. The fusion of local cuisines with French cooking traditions led to many new recipes, including Aji de gallina.
- 1 1/2 Pounds chicken breast
- 4 Cups chicken stock
- 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
- 3 – 4 Yellow aji peppers
- 2 Gloves garlic, minced
- 1 Large onion, finely chopped
- 3 Tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 3 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 4 Slices white bread
- 3/4 Cup evaporated milk
- 4 Yellow potatoes
- 2 Hard boiled eggs
- 10 Black olives, halved
- 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.
- Remove stems and seeds from the peppers. In a blender, process peppers with the vegetable oil until smooth.
- Sauté the garlic and onions with the puréed 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 nuts and parmesean 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.
Recipe | Peruvian Aji de Gallina
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