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Large bowl filled with Aguadito de Pollo (Peruvian Chicken Soup) and topped with cooked quinoa.
4.89 from 9 votes

Aguadito de Pollo (Peruvian Chicken Soup)

Filled with juicy chunks of chicken, loads of fresh cilantro, peas, and other vegetables, Aguadito de Pollo is a healthy and fragrant traditional Peruvian Chicken Soup. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 421kcal


  • 2 large bunches fresh cilantro leaves only, stems discarded
  • 2 shallots peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1-2 jalapeño chopped
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped into small bite size chunks
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 16 ounces fresh or frozen peas
  • Lime wedges for serving
  • Chopped green onions for serving
  • Cooked quinoa for serving


  • Prepare the cilantro paste. Add the cilantro, shallots, garlic, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and jalapeño to the bowl of a large food processor, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed until the cilantro is fully processed into a thick paste (see notes). 
  • Sauté the cilantro paste. Add the final tablespoon of olive oil to a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the blended cilantro paste and sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously to prevent burning (reducing heat if needed). Add to corn and sprinkle with salt. Mix well to combine.
  • Add chicken stock and cook the chicken. Add the chicken stock to the pot and increase heat to high. Cover and bring broth to a boil. Once boiling, remove the cover and carefully add the chicken to the pot. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook the chicken for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add some peas. Add the peas and lime juice to the broth and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Allow the soup to simmer for an additional 5 minutes, or until peas are cooked.
  • Assemble and Serve. Serve hot with fresh lime wedges, chopped green onions, and cooked quinoa, if desired.


  1. If necessary, add a few tablespoons of water to the bowl of the food processor to help move things along.


Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 764mg | Potassium: 1135mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 40.1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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