Mr. BrookCook’s Mother’s Day Dinner: Aji de Gallina


On Mother’s Day, I was showered with flowers, poems, handmade jewelry, and love. ๐Ÿ™‚ The weather was gorgeous and we were able to spend a wonderful day outside together as a family. My kids were so well behaved! It was PERFECT.


We were also able to enjoy our first outside dinner of the season. Mango Margarita‘s and Aji de Gallina- both meticulously prepared by my husband… Mr. BrookCook! ๐Ÿ™‚ (I had to copy the “Mr.” from The Seasoned Traveler after seeing that Mr. Seasoned Traveler did a Mother’s Day post- the best title ever!) One of my absolute favorite dishes is Peruvian Aji de Gallina. It is a creamy and spicy chicken stew with many layers of flavor. The key ingredient is Aji Amarillo, which we were able to order through Amazon. Last year, this dish was my birthday dinner request… this year I didn’t want to wait until June! This recipe was adapted from, via Foodista. Instead of poaching a chicken, my husband used rotisserie chicken meat. The stew was served over boiled potato slices and garnished with hard boiled egg slices. FABULOUS!! Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all of the mothers and grandmothers out there. ๐Ÿ™‚ & Happy Fiesta Friday #16 at The Novice Gardener!

Yield: 8 servings

  • 1 rotisserieย chicken breast, shredded
  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken leg, shredded
  • 2 rotisserie chicken thighs, shredded
  • 4 1/2 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 slices of bread, crusts removed
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 teaspoons aji amarillo
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup 1% milk
  • 4-6 Yukon gold potatoes or red potatoes, boiled until tender, cut into slices
  • 2 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled, and quartered
  • parsley and black olives for garnish, if desired
  1. Shred the chicken meat into long, thin strands.
  2. Soak two slices of bread (minus the crust) in 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock and mash with a fork to make a purรฉe.
  3. Dice a yellow onion, mince the garlic, and chop the parsley.
  4. Grind the walnuts using a (mini)ย food processor.
  5. Prepare the sofrito by sautรฉing the onion and garlic with the canola oil in a pot over medium to high heat. Cook until onion is translucent.
  6. Add the aji amarillo, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, and turmeric and continue to sautรฉ until all the spices are mixed well.
  7. Add the parsley and bread purรฉe minus any extra soaking stock, mix well, reduce heat and cook until the mixture begins to simmer.
  8. Add 3 cups of chicken stock, cook until it begins to simmer. ย Then add the shredded chicken.
  9. Stir occasionally and continue to simmer partially covered until stew thickens, about 45 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in ground walnuts, parmesan, and milk.
  11. Serve over slices of cooked potatoes and garnish with a hard-boiled egg, black olive, and sprig of parsley, as desired.

Note: The stew is done when it has reached a thick and creamy consistency, or when you can see the bottom of the pot when stirring the stew with a spoon.

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About Josette@thebrookcook

I live in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. I love garlic and baking. My hobby (and love) is to try new recipes. My favorite recipe resources include The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy!

29 responses to “Mr. BrookCook’s Mother’s Day Dinner: Aji de Gallina

  1. Pingback: Fiesta Friday #16 | The Novice Gardener

  2. Looks delicious! It appears Mr Brookcook has kitchen talents, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you had a happy Mother’s Day… beautiful jewels!

  3. I like the sound of this. And great to use a rotisserie chicken. Very kind of Mr. Brook Cook to cook for you!

  4. Sounds perfect! Loving the vibe for your Mother’s Day

  5. Hi Josette, this looks amazing, something completely new to me! Thank you so much for bringing it to the party, and great to meet you :)) have fun!

  6. Looks awesome & love the handmade jewellery ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I lived in South America for a year . . . over 25 years ago and I love certain Peruvian dishes, ESPECIALLY this one. The sauce is soooo unique, rich, garlicky, creamy and fabulous. Alas, I have never made it though! it kind of reminds me of the greek sauce made with walnuts and bread, but this one looks superior because of all the flavorings. I think I’m gonna go for it!

  8. By the way I also love that Mr. made it for you! Husbands are the best when they cook, so sweet!

  9. What a wonderful day!!!

  10. Ahhh, Josette, Mr. BrookCook did right by you! This looks delicious! Happy belated Mother’s Day to you!

  11. Well, you are so very lucky to have been treated to this wonderful meal. It looks so delicious and I love that it can be made with rotisserie chicken.

    • I am lucky! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sure it is traditional to make this dish with poached chicken and homemade broth, but it is fabulous with rotisserie chicken and store-bought stock- and HOURS faster!

  12. Josette – what a wonderful Mother’s Day with that sweet jewellery and the wonderful and talented MrBrookCook making such a fabulous dish – you may need to allow him be a regular guest blogger as this has gone down a storm at Fiesta Friday! Sounds absolutely delicious!!

  13. Such a lovely mother’s day and congrats to your husband, that Ajรญ looks amazing! I love Peruvian food as well, I’m in fact preparing a post on a Peruvian recipe myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Sounds like you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, Josette! You deserve it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Wonderful! Thanks for the shout out, and hooray for our husbands/families. Sounds like you had a great Mother’s Day feast and presents ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to check out those mango margaritas too!

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