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Peruvian Potato-Chicken Salad (Causa Rellena)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"There's nothing very unusual about serving a chicken or potato salad at a cookout, which is why this layered Peruvian potato and chicken salad will cause such a stir. Or should I say, 'causa' a stir, since in Peru that's what this gorgeous dish is called. Infused with aji amarillo, lime juice, and cilantro, these are perfect for making ahead and packing in your cooler on a hot summer day. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and cilantro if desired."
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2 h 5 m servings 658
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 6-ounce ramekins)


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  1. Combine chicken, green peas, carrot, shallot, roasted red peppers, cilantro, and lime juice in a bowl. Season with salt and cayenne. Add mayonnaise and mix until combined. Cover chicken salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Place potatoes into a pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until very tender but not falling apart, about 20 minutes. Drain well and transfer potatoes to a mixing bowl. Mash until smooth.
  3. Add jai amarillo, olive oil, and lime juice to the potatoes. Season with cayenne and salt. Mash together with the potato masher. Switch to a spatula and mix until completely smooth.
  4. Line four 6-ounce ramekins with plastic wrap. Scoop mashed potatoes evenly into ramekins; press and smooth out the tops. Cover each with a layer of avocado slices. Fill ramekin to the top with chicken salad, pressing it down and pulling up the plastic wrap to eliminate any air pockets. Cover with a final layer of mashed potatoes, going up to 1/2 inch or more over the rim.
  5. Seal top with a new layer of plastic wrap and fold the sides over to seal. Refrigerate salads until completely chilled, at least 1 hour.
  6. Mix mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, and aji amarillo together for the sauce, adding a splash of water to adjust the thickness.
  7. Remove the top layer of plastic wrap from each salad. Invert each ramekin onto a serving plate; remove ramekins, then plastic wrap. Spoon some sauce around each salad.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • If you can't find aji amarillo, you can make a paste from some fire-roasted and peeled orange or red bell peppers, with red Fresno chilies for some heat. While this does get you close, you should definitely try to find a jar of the real stuff, since it does have such a unique flavor.
  • You can also use russet potatoes.
  • You can use fresh peas that have been blanched or frozen peas that have been thawed.
  • Substitute red onion for the shallot if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 658 calories; 49.1 41.4 19.2 58 391 Full nutrition

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High marks for flavor, texture and presentation. I followed the recipe/directions as written. I got the aji amarillo chili paste online from the retailer that begins with a W. The aji gives it...

Extraordinarily unique and interesting. What I really like is the endless possibilities available with this recipe and it really surprises guests, since not many people have had it before. I ...

... and as always we enjoyed !! ?????? I am keeping the chicken salad recipe! I had some leftover and wow soooo good!