Aguadito de Pollo

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Aguadito de Pollo is Peruvian chicken soup; the broth is made up of spices, cilantro and chicken broth. The chicken is cooked with rice making it best soup if you’re feeling under the weather.

Aguadito de Pollo

This soup was a childhood staple in my house. I feel like every type of cuisine around the world has its own version of chicken soup. They’re all meant to heal, warm and nourish you when you have the sniffles, are hungover, feel under the weather or when you’re just really cold.

Aguadito (Peruvian Chicken Soup)

What is Aguadito de Pollo?

Aguadito is a classic Peruvian chicken soup that is so comforting and delicious. My favorite part is that it’s super herbaceous, fragrant and comforting all at the same time. The spicy cilantro broth is simmered with chicken and rice. A squeeze of lime is a must just before serving. It’s the perfect soup to make if you’re feeling a bit under the weather.

Aguadito (Peruvian Chicken Soup)

Aguadito de Pollo

How to Make Aguadito de Pollo?

There were so many chilly winter days when I would come home and my mom would be in front of the television picking the leaves off of the cilantro leaves. A lot of times she would ask us to help to make the process go faster. We’d sit there with her and pick the leaves off of the cilantro as she asked how our day went. It’s feels almost like folding laundry but way less annoying. So, here’s how to make it!

  • Make the broth. This is easy because it happens all in a blender. Add the cilantro, pepper, spices and chicken broth to the blender and mix it all up.
  • Sear the chicken and then remove it from the pot.
  • Then, add the onion and red bell pepper. And cook it until it’s softened.
  • Pour the cilantro mixture back in.
  • Next, add the chicken, the rest of the chicken broth and raw rice.
  • And then bring it to a simmer. You want to cook it until your whole house is fragrant, the chicken and rice is cooked. Salt it to taste.
  • Lastly, you serve it with wedges of lime.

Aguadito de Pollo

Aguadito de Pollo Recipe (Peruvian Chicken Soup)

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5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serving Size: 4
Calories: 308kcal
This Aguadito de Pollo is a Peruvian Chicken Soup. The broth is a mixture of cilantro, spices and hot pepper. It's simmered with chicken and rice. It's the perfect soup to make when it's cold outside and you're feeling a bit under the weather.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, from 1 bunch, divided
  • 1 serrano pepper (or you could use aji amarillo), halved and de-seeded
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 chicken thighs, skin-on and bone-in
  • 2 chicken drumsticks, skin-on and bone-in
  • 1/2 yellow onion or frozen peas (thawed), diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup white rice or brown rice, if using brown rice see note below!
  • 1 ear of corn, cut off the cob or 1/3 cup frozen corn
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 3 limes, cut into wedges

Directions

  • Add 1 cup cilantro leaves, serrano pepper, garlic cloves and 1/4 cup of chicken broth to a blender. Blend until mixture is pureed. Set aside.
  • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. When hot, carefully add chicken thighs and drumsticks, skin-side down. Cook on first side for 4-5 minutes, and until skin is crisp and slightly browned. Flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside.
  • If the chicken absorbed all of the oil, add a teaspoon of olive oil. If it released too much fat, pour it out, reserving about a teaspoon. Add yellow onion and cook until translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Next, add red bell pepper and ground cumin, allowing to cook for 1-2 more minutes.
  • Add the rice and cilantro liquid mixture to the pot and mix, being sure to completely coat the rice. Gently add the chicken back to the pot and cover with about 3 1/2 cups of chicken broth. The broth should almost cover the chicken. Bring the soup to a simmer and then immediately turn the heat down to medium low. Cover the pot and cook for 20-30 minutes, and until rice is fully cooked.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 cup cilantro leaves to the blender and 1/4 cup chicken broth. Just before serving, add the mixture to the soup. This will give it a bright green color.
  • When you’re ready to serve, add salt to taste. This will all depend on how salty your chicken broth was. I needed to add about 1 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt. Mix in corn right before serving.
  • Add a few cilantro leaves to each bowl of soup, along with a few wedges of lime. It’s important.

Notes

Substitutions:
*If using brown rice in place of white rice, the soup will most likely take longer, closer to 40 minutes.
*Quinoa would also be super delicious and it will take about 20 minutes to cook.
*I sometimes add 1 peeled carrot that I slice up to the step with the onions. 
Here is the aji amarillo paste I love that you could use in place of the serrano pepper: Aji Amarillo Paste
Equipment:
Dutch Oven | Vitamix Blender | Ninja Blender | Lime Squeeze
CourseDinner
CuisineLatin America, Latino Food, Peruvian
Keywordaguadito de pollo, aguadito peruano, aguadito receta, aguadito soup
Serving: 4g | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 952mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1465IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg
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  • Reply Teresa February 15, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks so much for sharing this soup! Just made and ate. Delicious! I added a boneless, skinless chicken breast also. Added the corn at the very end with the cilantro. It reminded me of a chicken dish that I used to make and somehow haven’t made in years. I need to find that recipe and make it also. = )

  • Reply Hana September 28, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve made this specific recipe countless times, it’s my favorite! I went to visit my peruvian mother this weekend and she got take-out from a well known peruvian place in her area…theirs didn’t even come close to this. Thank you for bringing a little childhood back into my life!

  • Reply K February 16, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was excellent. I think I want to try the corn being roasted first on the next run.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Mary Kerley March 24, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    5 stars
    Hey There! I just had to let you know that I’m using this recipe! I love coming to your beautiful site to find ideas. The topic tonight: how to max out night #2 of baked chicken? And I also wanted to use an entire bunch of cilantro in some way other than guacamole. So far, so good. Smells amazing! 🙂

  • Reply Marny CA February 26, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Ahhhh, can already taste this!!

    Question: do I have to use a blender??

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 26, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Yes, a blender or food processor is definitely needed! 🙂

  • Reply Lara February 22, 2016 at 11:49 am

    5 stars
    Hi, I made this soup last night and everyone loved it! Such intense great flavours! Thanks a lot!

  • Reply Dana January 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for this delicious recipe! I just made this soup and enjoyed everything about it! I’m so pleased I stumbled upon your site through Instagram. P.S. dropping the F-bomb is usually always appropriate in most cases, I like your whit!

  • Reply Flor January 21, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Adrianna
    January has been busy but pretty much your two soups- Aguadito and Ribollita are on rotation at my house. Both are so bone-warming!

  • Reply Pricila January 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

    The old photos weren’t THAT bad, I made it for my mom whenever she had her hysterectomy and was pretty much incapable of doing anything. Beautiful, bright green soup. Thank you!

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