Colombian Chicken and Corn Soup (Ajiaco)

Today I have a tasty chicken and corn soup recipe for you; Ajiaco, a Columbian style soup with a nice, thick and creamy broth! This soup is amazingly fresh with the corn, cilantro, avocado and lime juice and it's also nice and hearty with the chicken and potatoes! 


Typically papa criolla, a type of potato, are used to get the thick and creamy broth but since I do not have access to them I puree some of the corn and potatoes into the broth, which after simmering for a while both melt into the broth creating a very nice creamy texture! There is an amazing balance of tart, sweet, salty and spicy created in this soup with the lime juice, corn and capers with the spicy coming from the aji picante (a Columbian style hot sauce)! I like to kick up the saltiness and add a bit of umami with the addition of white miso paste. This Colombian chicken and corn soup (ajiaco) is pure comfort food that is perfect both for cold winter days and for hot summer days!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 cups chicken*
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (~1/2 lime)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon white miso paste (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons aji picante (hot sauce)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy bottom sauce pan over medium-high heat, add the onion and cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes, before adding the garlic and cooking until fragrant, about a minute.
  2. Puree 1/3 of the potatoes and 1/3 of the corn into 1 cup of the chicken broth in a food processor.
  3. Add the broth, pureed veggies, the remaining potatoes, corn, carrots, oregano, thyme and bay leaves, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes and carrots are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the bay leaves, add the lime juice, cilantro, miso, salt and pepper and enjoy garnished with aji picante, avocado, capers and sour cream!

Slow Cooker: Optionally implement step 1, place everything from steps 1-3 into a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or high for 3-5 hours before continuing with step 4.
Option: * For the chicken feel free to use already cooked and shredded chicken or place chicken breasts, thighs or legs into the soup, cook with the soup, remove, shred and return to the soup. I like to poach a full chicken in the broth along with the cobs of corn after removing the kernels from them to infuse the broth with even more chicken and corn flavour!
Note: Miso paste is not traditional but I like the added umami/flavour! Feel free to omit it or to replace it with a few splashes of fish sauce! Yum!
Note: This is traditionally made with fresh guascas and papa criolla (andean potato) rather than with oregano, thyme and potatoes.



Option: Serve with fresh arepa!

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