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Peruvian food: Aji de gallina

Peruvian food: Aji de Gallina

What better way to explore Peru, than by tasting some of its delicious traditional food?

Whether you are planning a trip to Peru or you are just wondering about some of the traditional dishes in this South American country, there are some tempting dishes you can taste.

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In this article, we want to discuss a tasty Peruvian dish, aji de gallina.

What is aji de gallina

This is a scrumptious traditional Peruvian dish, that is served mostly during lunch.

This dish can be traced back to the 16th century and the Spanish are credited with introducing it.

The goal at first was to use discarded potatoes and poultry in a dish, and the original recipe may have also been connected to a 14th century dessert called menjar blanc from Catalan cuisine.

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How its made

Aji de gallina is made with a flavorful creamy and a bit spicy pepper sauce to which cooked shredded chicken is added, it also has ají Camarillo, chili peppers, minced garlic, pecan nuts, parmesan, and bread crumbs. Once it is served, you will find that it comes with boiled potatoes, and hard-cooked eggs, and it is served with a few slices of boiled potatoes.

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What it tastes like

This traditional Peruvian dish is savory and spicy, with a creamy texture. And I have to say, this is one of my personal favorite Peruvian dishes.

I love how perudelights.com has described this dish “Creamy, spicy, with the pungency of the Parmesan cheese and the delicate texture of the pecans”




How and where to eat aji de gallina

Whether you visit one of the best restaurants in Lima,  or a restaurant offering Peruvian food in South America, the odds of finding aji de gallina on the menu are rather high. Together with causa, one of the popular appetizers in Peruvian gastronomy you will find two of the tastiest Peruvian dishes that will have you craving more delicious food from this South American country.

If you are in Quito, you will find a few good restaurants offering Peruvian food as well.

In Ibarra, Ecuador you can visit El Diablo es Puerco for their twist on this Peruvian recipe, which won’t disappoint.

If what you want is to try to make this recipe at home, this sounds like a delicious recipe. 

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Other dishes you may want to taste while you visit Peru are the causa rellena, or causa acevichada, chicha morada, aji de gallina, papa a la huancaina, and for dessert order some suspiro limeno. 

Where to go

Here are insider tips on what to do in Lima, you can also visit Machu Picchu, enjoy some top hikes, go to Iquitos, the island of the UrosTaquile Island, and eat at the top restaurants in the gastronomical capital Lima. Or you may also enjoy a road trip from Machala to Tumbes. 

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Peruvian food: Aji de gallina

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