Cilantro Chicken Soup/ Aguadito de Pollo

Serves 6

Ingredients :

1 whole chicken cut up
½ cup vegetable oil
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 cup chopped onion
¾ cup cilantro leaves chopped and blended with ¼ cup water
¾ cup peas
Ground Fresh yellow hot pepper/ají amarillo paste
1 tablespoon paprika
½ cup black beer
8 golden yellow potatoes, peeled and cut in halves
1 cup rice
1 red pepper cut in strips
1 small leek
6 celery stalks
6 ½ cups chicken broth
Cumin to taste
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Preparation:

In a large soup pot, heat the oil, saute garlic, chopped onion and aji or chili paste. Add the chicken, season it with salt and pepper allowing it to get a golden color. Add the blended cilantro beer and water. Bring to a boil. Add leek and celery. Incorporate the rice mixing it well. Add the potatoes. Finally add peas and red pepper. Cook until all ingredients are cooked through, stirring from time to time to make sure ingredients don't get stock in the bottom of the pot. If the mixture becomes too thick add some chicken broth or water. The ideal consistency is that of a hearty soup.

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