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

5 from 12 votes

Aguadito de Pollo Recipe (Peruvian Chicken Soup)

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
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.


  • 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


  • 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.


*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
Dutch Oven | Vitamix Blender | Ninja Blender | Lime Squeeze


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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Latin America, Latino Food, Peruvian
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  1. This gets two yums “thumbs” up from me. I invite you to share at my Thursday blog hop. Hugs
    P.S. I will be featuring your book next week ( wink)

  2. This sounds really yummy. I’m definitely going to have to make it sometime soon! Thank you for revisiting this recipe!

  3. This looks SO so so beyond good, it is -20 degrees Celsius here today (-4 Fahrenheit.. I looked it up:) and this warms me up just looking at it. Also, the f-bomb maaade my day 😀 Cheers to real life talk.

  4. Oh man! You just made my day, my month possibly! I’ve been subscribed to your blog for a while now and I just came across your email today and I decided to search your blog for “peruvian”… OMG you have recipes! Peruvian ones!

    My husband is half Peruvian and I’ve been telling him my goal is to learn several recipes that I can make for him and possibly for his family. I am soooo excited! Now I know what I’m gonna be reading, allllllll your Peruvian recipes! Woo hoo!

    You’re awesome!

    1. Oh yeah girlfriend! I have a ton. I love Peruvian food. The recipes you’ll find on here are all made with ingredients you can find in the states, too. Hope you love them! xoxo

  5. I’m a big girl and all but the f-bomb, wha?? It kinda hurt my feelings. Life can pretty harsh but your blog is usually uplifting…. 🙁

    1. Didn’t know an f-bomb could hurt someone’s feelings, especially when it’s not directed at anyone specifically. Sorry for the offense.

      1. I understand. There are still groups of people in the world that don’t use profanity, period, and flinch at hearing it. Call me old fashioned! Thanks for the reply. 🙂

      2. It’s funny how different people can be. When I saw it it made me smile and felt more authentic and personal. To each their own I guess.

      3. Remembering how cold living in northern Ohio and Long Island were … the word made me smile! Yes, it’s THAT cold there, even in my aged memories.

        Loving southern CA and it’s cold here sometimes — but not *that* cold – yet.

        Smiling in the cold hurt – and Hot Soup made my day – hoping to try yours, even without the blender.

  6. yay i remember making this and it was so good, thanks for the reminder! my bf is sick so this is perf for tonight.

  7. Such a hearty and delicious soup! I love chicken soup and this is so perfect for brightening up the horrible Januaries!

  8. I know exacty what you mean about having old favorites that no one will ever see (and you don’t want them to). I love that you’re pulling from your favorites to share with your newer readers (like me!), and this soup looks incredible. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it because I’ve lived in Peru’s neighbor, Chile, for the past two and a half years. I clearly need to get out more and I also HAVE to try this soup!