Craving for a hearty meal? The Ajiaco Colombiano is the perfect dish to cure all those bad days. Why have a simple soup of chicken when you can get something as flavourful that is as simple to make as this bowl of Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup?
Ingredients (serves 8):
- 2 pound of chicken breast
- 2 pounds of potatoes
- 2 cups of rice, cooked
- 1 cup of corn
- Two avocados, sliced
- Two tablespoons of dried Guascas
- ½ cup of capers, drained
- 8 cups of chicken stock
- Three white onions, roughly chopped
- Two large onion, roughly chopped
- Five garlic cloves, minced
- Ground black pepper and salt to taste
- A handful of cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup of heavy cream
- Preheat olive oil in a large pot.
- Add in the chicken, large onions and garlic. Cook until the chicken it is slightly brown on the outside for approximately 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken stock, white onions, guascas, cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.
- Boil the mixture over a lower heat.
- Let it simmer under low heat for about 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
- Remove the chicken from the pot.
- Let it sit for several minutes.
- Meanwhile, add potatoes and corn into the pot and cook for about 8 minutes until the potato is soft. While cooking, shred the chicken using a fork.
- Add the shredded chicken into the simmering pot and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
- When you are ready to serve, add rice into a bowl before pouring in the soup. Top it off with cream, avocado slices and capers. You can also substitute the cream with sour cream for an added flavour to the dish.
- Getting Guascas
Authentic Colombian recipe often use Guascas as their herb, and you can often find it in North American speciality store, but it‘s too hard to excel, a suitable substitute will be using Oregano and some mixed Mexican herb.
- A healthier Option
The soup, in general, is pretty sturdy but if you are sceptical of some of the ingredients, make it healthier by using less olive oil or even substitute it with coconut oil. You can also use milk instead of hefty cream milk or greek yoghurt and substituting white rice with brown rice as it contains more nutrients.
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