Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cilantro Chicken

When I don't know what's for dinner, I make this. It's a very hearty dish, and it only takes about 20 minutes to cook. It reminds me a little of Indian food, but it's really a version of the Peruvian "seco de cordero" but with chicken.


2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 tablespoon of garlic
2 tablespoons of Peruvian ají amarillo paste (3 for a little more spice)
1/8 teaspoon of cumin
S& P al gusto
2 small tomatoes, diced
3 chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups of blended cilantro juice (blend cilantro in 1 cup of water)

Paso a paso:

1) In a large frying pan, heat up the olive oil and add the diced onions, the garlic, and the aji paste and cumin. Let them cook together for 2 or 3 minutes.

2) Add the diced tomatoes, the salt and pepper and stir around for another 2 or 3 minutes. This is called a basic peruvian guiso.

 3) Add the chicken to the guiso and stir. Cover and let the chicken cook thoroughly for about 8 minutes.

4) Add the cilantro juice and mix it around.

5) Let the guiso cook for a couple more minutes and ta-da! It's ready to eat with a side salad and lentils, or brown rice for a heartier meal.

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