Aji Gallina is a classic Peruvian dish with French influence. The name translates roughly to Chili Pepper Chicken, although the flavors in this dish are more creamy and milder than the name implies.
French chefs came to South America during the French Revolution in the 18th Century in order to work for wealthy Peruvian families. This dish was the result of their efforts to replicate recipes from the homeland with the ingredients found in Peru.
We found it on most menus during our trip to Peru and have added it to our collection of favorite comfort foods.
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Creamy Spicy Peruvian Chicken Dish with Parmesan Cheese and Aji Amarillo Chilies
1 1/2 pounds cooked shredded chicken breast (you can use a pre-cooked unseasoned rotisserie chicken from the grocery store or poach the bone-in chicken breast with a cube of chicken bouillon and remove the breast meat).
4 yellow potatoes - peeled, boiled in salted water and sliced into 1" thick slices
2 hard-boiled eggs and black olives as a garnish
Combine the bread cubes with the evaporated milk or cream in a small bowl and set aside.
Remove stems and seeds from the peppers. Process the peppers and carrot in a blender with the olive oil until smooth.
Add the garlic, onion, and blended vegetables and cumin to a pan and sauté over medium heat until the onions start to brown.
Add the bread mixture, walnuts and Parmesan cheese to a blender and process until smooth. Add the sautéed vegetables and process briefly.
Return to continents to a sauté pan and bring it to a low simmer. Add chicken stock until the sauce has the consistency of a thick stew and then add the shredded chicken. Cook until the chicken is warmed through.
Serve with the sliced potatoes, a mound of rice and garnish with the hard-boiled egg slices and black olives.
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