Aji de Gallina


This is a delicious, traditional Peruvian chicken stew in a spicy, nutty cheese sauce. It takes time, but is well worth it! I serve this over boiled white rice and baby yellow potatoes.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
12 servings


  • 2 pounds skinless, bone-in chicken breast halves

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 2 quarts water

  • 1 loaf white bread, crusts removed and cubed

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup walnut pieces

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons aji amarillo chile paste

  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric

  • 4 hard-cooked eggs, sliced

  • ¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and quartered


  1. Place chicken breasts, onion, carrot, and 2 cloves garlic in a large saucepan, pour in 2 quarts of water and slowly bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Skim off the foam which forms on top, then cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate and allow to cool. Strain the resulting chicken stock, discarding the vegetables.

  2. Pour evaporated milk and 1/2 cup chicken stock into the bowl of a blender. Add bread cubes and puree until smooth. Add Parmesan cheese and walnuts; puree until smooth. Shred the cooled chicken and discard the bones.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in minced garlic and minced onion; cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in shredded chicken and aji amarillo until heated through. Pour in bread puree and cook until hot, stirring frequently. Add more chicken stock if needed to keep from getting too thick. Season with turmeric and simmer for 5 minutes more.

  4. Serve garnished with hard-cooked egg slices and sprinkled with kalamata olives.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

357 Calories
16g Fat
27g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 357
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 476mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 211mg 16%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 410mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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