Ajiaco Colombiano – Colombian chicken and potato soup

Ajiaco Colombiano – Colombian chicken and potato soup

Ajiaco Colombiano {Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup}

When a particular dish calls for particular ingredients – things that aren’t all that common in my hometown of Sydney – I see it as a challenge to find them, not a deterrent. Case in point with two of the ingredients in this Colombian soup that requires a certain variety of potato and a dried herb you won’t find in most Australian food stores.

I Googled, I called a variety of stores, I Googled again. I needed some papa criollas – a tiny potato that’s similar to regular chats – and some dried guascas, a herb that gives this incredibly delicious soup its unique flavour.

Ajiaco Colombiano {Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup}

I did end up finding both of these in one place. All it required was taking a 1-hour train trip to the western suburbs of Sydney and visiting Tierras Latinas in Fairfield. This tiny shop hoards a wealth of imported latino goods – even greeting you with a good old buenos días if you don’t look overly gringo.

The base of this hearty soup is chicken stock; the bulk of it is three varieties of potato – two of which are readily available in grocers here in Oz. There’s a couple of chicken breasts for some added protein and delightful ears of corn to nibble on.

Ajiaco Colombiano {Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup}

Describing this soup as being delicious is an understatement. It’s actually divine. It’s hearty, it’s rich and it seriously packs it in the flavour department.

It could come down to the way I’ve adapted the recipe – in particular the amount of guascas I used. The herb has a vaguely similar flavour to dried oregano – just a bit different.

My favourite soup of the moment, without a doubt!

Recipe adapted from here

Ajiaco Colombiano {Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup}

 

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Ajiaco Colombiano - Colombian chicken and potato soup
Hearty, nourishing and absolutely loaded with goodies, this is ajiaco Colombiano. Quite possibly the nicest soup I've tried.
Ajiaco Colombiano
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Colombian
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Colombian
Servings
people
Ingredients
Ajiaco Colombiano
Instructions
  1. Purée the onion, garlic, coriander roots and a ½ cup of the stock in a blender until smooth. Alternatively give them a good pounding in a mortar, adding the stock after you've pounded them.
  2. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat, toss in the butter and follow with the chicken breasts, left whole. Cook the breasts on both sides until opaque, but not browned.
  3. Toss in the onion purée and mix it around occasionally for about 5 minutes, turning the chicken as you go. This is where the flavour levels start to develop.
  4. Add the spring onions, remaining stock, turmeric and all the potatoes. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer, allowing it to cook for about 40 minutes. Toss in the corn, guascas and check for seasoning. Give it a stir and allow to simmer for another 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken breasts and shred them.
  6. Serve the soup with the shredded chicken, cream, capers and avocado. Garnish with the chilli and coriander leaves.
  7. Note - the potency of the guascas could vary, so if you make this recipe, try adding 1-2 tbsp and letting it cook for ten minutes. Taste and add more if you feel it may need it.
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  • Spoonabilities

    Beautiful deep colors. We have a similar dish in Dominican called Sancocho. It’s one of my all time favorite soups.

  • Colombian chicken and potato soup is very healthy and tasty. thanks for sharing

  • This reminds me of a Peruvian dish we make: chupe criollo. We made the mistake of calling it chupa criollo… completely different meaning! 😉 Want to try this when we get back from Italy!

    • Yes, chupa has its place elsewhere. Lol

      • You can only imagine my horror and embarrassment when I turned to an elderly and very proper Latina matron, “Do you know what chupa Crioila is?” Oy…

  • KevinIsCooking

    This one just looks amazing! Simply beautiful photographs as well John. I like to make my Locro de Papa, but this needs to be tried. Love the caper add, too!

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