It’s called ajiaco and it’s packed with bold Latin flavors.
Here’s an easy way to spice up (literally!) classic chicken noodle soup. This warm, slightly spicy soup is one of the most beloved Colombian recipes. Called ajiaco, it’s a chicken and potato soup made with Latin American ingredients like corn, cilantro, avocado, jalapeno, and lime.
For this healthy ajiaco recipe, Colombe Jacobsen makes a broth from scratch. This is lets you control the salt content and adjust the flavors to your liking. Plus, it can be cheap: Get in the habit of saving vegetable scraps (like onion skins, potato peels, and carrot tops), which are perfect for making broth and reducing food waste. You can even store these items in the freezer until you’re ready to make the broth.
In addition to the typical ingredients used for broth—carrots, garlic, celery, and so on—Colombe also adds cilantro stems and jalapenos to give this soup its Latin flair. If you’re not a fan of the heat, use just one (or none) of the jalapenos for a more mild soup.
A few other ingredients make this Colombian Chicken Soup distinct from the chicken noodle version most Americans are familiar with. A few capers add a salty zing to the soup, and a squeeze of lime provides an undeniably Latin flavor. The ajiaco soup is garnished with more sliced jalapeno, avocado slices, cilantro leaves, a dollop of plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt. (This tastes like sour cream, but with way less saturated fat.)
Colombe turns up the nutrition in this ajiaco recipe by adding quinoa. This grain—or seed, technically—is a powerhouse carb that’s more filling than common grains like rice. That’s because it’s high in fiber and protein.
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 and 1/4 pounds shiitake mushrooms, sliced thinly (6 cups packed)
- dash of sea salt
- 1 (10 oz) package baby spinach
- 6 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onions
- 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 4 and 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1. Place the whole chicken, cilantro stems, carrots, onion, garlic, peppercorns, parsley, jalapenos, celery stalks, and bay leaves in a large stockpot and cover with about 4 quarts of water or until submerged. Bring to a boil and simmer about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked. Strain the broth, reserve the carrots and remove the meat from the chicken. Set aside. 2. Place the broth, with the potatoes and corn, in a large, heavy bottomed pot and cook. Add the chicken and reserved carrots. Season with pepper. 3. Place a serving in a large bowl. Add a big spoonful of quinoa. Garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt, sliced jalapenos, cilantro, capers, sliced avocado and a squeeze of fresh lime. Repeat for the remaining servings.
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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You're watching Eating by Heart,
I'm Colombe, and
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today we're making Colombian Chicken Soup.
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And I've already gotten
started on our broth.
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So just for your reference,
I put a whole chicken in a pot, and
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then I added parsley, carrots,
celery, jalapeno pepper,
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whole garlic cloves, onions,
bay leaf and then i've simmered it for
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about 45 minutes to an hour,
until the chicken was cooked through.
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Then I strain the chicken, and
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what I'm left with, a beautiful broth
which I season with a little sea salt.
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And now I'm ready to compose my soup.
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So I took the chicken off of the bone and
I put it to the side.
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Now I just need to take a little bit
of the chicken, place it in the bowl
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along with some corn,
then I add some pre-cooked potatoes.
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Now I like to pre-cook my
potatoes separately so that I can
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make sure that they're nice and firm,
and they don't kinda mash into the soup.
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Then I'm gonna put in some quinoa.
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Now quinoa is such a wonderful,
nutritious ingredient to use,
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it's actually really high in protein.
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And I'll put some fresh sliced jalapenos.
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I'll put some capers just to add
a little bit of a salty undertone, and
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now I'm gonna prep the avocado.
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So this is a nice twist on
regular old chicken soup,
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a little bit more exciting with
all the toppings and ingredients.
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I also wanna add just just a squeeze
of lime, just a dollop of Greek yogurt.
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And I use Greek yogurt instead of sour
cream because it's a lot lower in fat.
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And then finally, cilantro.
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Now I get to try it.
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Mm, it really hits the spot.
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Thanks for watching, Eating By Heart.
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See you again next time.
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