Colombian Chicken Stew (Ajiaco)


This stew is comforting, a little exotic, totally different, fresh, and delicious!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
6 servings


  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces

  • 8 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • ¼ cup sour cream, for topping


  1. Put chicken pieces in a large pot over medium heat with enough water to cover the chicken; bring to a boil and let simmer until the chicken is falling off the bones, about 45 minutes. Remove chicken from pot, reserving the water in the pot. Allow the chicken to cool enough to be able to remove the meat from bones and shred into strands.

  2. Return the water to medium heat; add the potatoes, onion, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the water; cook until the potatoes and onion are soft; about 30 minutes. Once the potatoes are tender, use a masher to mash the potatoes into the broth, resulting in a thickened broth. Stir in the shredded chicken and corn; cook until heated through completely. Add the avocado and cilantro just before serving; garnish with sour cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

693 Calories
29g Fat
71g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 693
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 714mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 65mg 326%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1886mg 40%

* 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.