Chile Chicken with Walnuts

Serves 6.

The soda crackers in this recipe are used as a thickener for this delightful sauce.

  • 2 ½ lbs. chicken parts such as breast, thighs, or legs
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 – 4 dried aji amarillo chiles or 2 – 4 teaspoons aji powder
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup soda crackers, crushed (I have snmall squares 1×1 inch, and take 10 of them)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • ¼ tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 3 tbsp. corn oil
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric
  • 2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ lb. potatoes, to be cooked in skin,
  • 8 – 10 black olives
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
  1. Cut chicken in small chunks, so that they will not require long cooking
  2. Put potatoes on, let them start cooking.
  3. If using Aji pods, remove the stems, and soak the pods in very hot water for 20 minutes or until soft.
  4. In a food processor or blender, combine the aji, garlic, onion and ¼ cup water and process to a paste. Remove to a bowl.
  5. In the processor or blender, combine the walnuts, crackers, milk, oregano and salt and blend until smooth.
  6. Heat the oil in a pan.
  7. Add the onion and aji pepper mixture and stir-fry until golden over low heat.
  8. Add the turmeric and stir another minute.
  9. Heat some oil on large frying pan, drop in pieces of chicken brown them . If too many to fit on the pan, do it in parts and store partly cooked pieces in hot oven, on a ovenproof dish, so that they are almost done when the last batch is ready
  10. Add 2 cups of broth, chicken strips, and Parmesan cheese and bring to a boil.
  11. Add the evaporated milk mixture and cook, stirring constantly over low heat for 5 minutes. It should be smooth and easy to pour. If too thick, add more broth until you have reached the desired consistency.
  12. To serve, drain and slice potatoes, place the slices in the middle of a serving platter or individual plates.
  13. Pour the chicken with sauce over them.
  14. Garnish with black olives and hard boiled eggs.



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