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Potato, Corn, and Chicken Stew (Ajiaco)

Photo: Oxmoor House
Hands-on time 1 hr, 12 mins
Total time 1 hr, 22 mins
Yield Serves 9 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups soup, 4 teaspoons avocado, and 1/2 teaspoon capers)
A fixture on menus in Bogotá, this Colombian stew gets most of its creamy texture from potatoes. Cubed Yukon gold potatoes impart a golden color, while grated russets release their starch to provide a velvety mouthfeel without added cream. Grate the potatoes on the small holes of a box grater to make sure they dissolve into the broth.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 12 chicken thighs (about 4 pounds), skinned
  • 3 1/2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears), divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 1/2 cups finely shredded peeled baking potato
  • 2 1/2 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold or red potato
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup cubed peeled avocado
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons capers

Nutrition Information

  • calories 319
  • fat 15.4 g
  • satfat 3.8 g
  • monofat 6.9 g
  • polyfat 3.2 g
  • protein 30.8 g
  • carbohydrate 14 g
  • fiber 2.3 g
  • cholesterol 102 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 535 mg
  • calcium 24 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of chicken; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining half of chicken. Remove from pan; discard drippings.

  2. Place 1 cup broth and 1/2 cup corn in a food processor; process until corn is pureed.

  3. Heat Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and carrot; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in pureed corn mixture, remaining 2 1/2 cups broth, remaining 1 cup corn, 1 1/2 cups water, oregano, and thyme; bring to a simmer. Stir in baking potato. Return chicken thighs to pan; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring frequently to keep potato from sticking to pan. Add Yukon gold potato; cover and simmer 25 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove chicken from pan; cool slightly.

  4. Remove chicken from bones, discarding bones. Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces. Return shredded chicken to pan. Stir in cilantro and next 4 ingredients (through black pepper); cook, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Ladle soup into bowls; top with avocado and capers.

Cook's Notes

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