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Peruvian Chicken, Rice and Cilantro Soup (Aguadito de Pollo)

4 Servings

1 hour 10 minutes 30 minutes active

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This soup is fresh and vibrant in both flavor and color. The broth is green and herbaceous with cilantro, while carrots, bell pepper and peas add brightly hued bursts of vegetable sweetness. Traditional aquadito includes starchy Peruvian corn. Rather than substitute sweet corn, which is far more sugary, we opted to omit it. The soup gets mild spiciness from ají amarillo, an orange-yellow chili with a fruity yet earthy flavor that is ubiquitous in Peruvian cuisine. In fresh form, the chilies are difficult to find in the U.S., but ají amarillo paste, sold in jars, is available in some well-stocked markets and specialty stores, as well as online. If you can't find it, use 2 or 3 seeded and finely minced jalapeños.




Don't use boneless, skinless chicken parts in this soup. Both the bones and skin give the broth rich flavor as well as a little body. Don't make this soup in advance; it's best served right away. As it sits, the rice continues to absorb liquid and eventually becomes mushy.

1 hour 10 minutes

30 minutes active


  • 1

    tablespoon grapeseed or other neutral oil

  • 4

    medium garlic cloves, minced


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Scot J.

This is one of my favorite soup recipes (and I enjoy the techniques suggested, too). I have actually cooked it up twice within a few weeks already. One note of caution: the aji amarillo paste is pretty spicy (at least what I have found locally) so unless you have a high tolerance for the spicy consider just a tablespoon's worth the first time. You can always add it, bit by bit, to your bowl after cooking.

Leslie J.

This soup is one of my all time favorites as well! I will be making again and again.

Michele R.

Given chicken consumption in the US is roughly 97 lbs. / person / year it may be sacrilege to share that chicken is seldom eaten in our household - somebody is getting the 92 pounds each we don't eat annually. And we almost never choose chicken soup as a "OH, this sounds good, let's try it" recipe option. But that was my response to seeing this recipe because we love all of the other ingredients listed. All of which are staples in our kitchen but for the Amarillo Aji paste which, as luck would have it, I bought a jar of about six months ago and it was sitting in the pantry to figure out a recipe to try it in. Here it was - and it was absolutely delicious made per the recipe. The spice level (heat) from the chili paste seemed just right to us. Recipe says serves 4 but we found 6 more like it. Note: We liked this well enough to be "keeper" and next time I am going to try a shortcut of using pre-cooked chicken and homemade chicken stock I typically have in my freezer made from browned raw chicken backs / bones that I buy from local butcher.

David U.

I'll be trying this in the summer, as I will be growing Aji Amarillo this year (in addition to 5 more Aji varieties!). Looking forward to it!

Felicia B.

I must had extra hot Aji Amarillo. I only used 1 tsp instead of the 1/4 cup and everyone said the dish was super spicy.

Linda S.

Love this soup! it's now one of my go to. I keep a jar of aji amarillo in my pantry at all times now!