Chicken Aguadito

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Appears in
Peruvian Kitchen

By Morena Cuadra and Morena Escardó

Published 2014

  • About

Peruvians jokingly say this dish is a levanta-muertos (literally, that it wakes up the dead). It’s usually eaten at dawn, after partying all night long, for its restoring and soothing qualities. The same soup made with duck is even more popular than this homey chicken version.


  • 4 chicken thighs and legs
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil


  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and sear the chicken pieces. Transfer them to a plate, and sauté the onion, garlic, and ají amarillo paste in the same saucepan, until golden.
  2. Process the cilantro leaves in a blender with