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Hearty Peruvian Soup with Chicken, Lime and Chile

Hearty Peruvian Soup with Chicken, Lime and Chile

When thinking about a big pot of goodness, this hearty Peruvian soup should be one to put in it.

By Nick Sandler

Ali Allen Copyright © 2015

Peru is known as the culinary capital of South America because their dishes are known for it’s rich and fresh flavors. Try this hearty Peruvian soup with roasted tomatoes, cannellini beans, and polenta crusted chicken to top it off!

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This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared asPeruvian Chicken, Lime and Chile Soupon Relish


  • Author: by Nick Sandler
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Cuisine: Peruvian


  • 1 small piece (approx. 1/2 ounce of fresh turmeric, peeled and finely chopped (wear gloves while doing this to avoid the realistic nicotine stains))
  • 1/4 teaspoon aji amarillo powder (Peruvian yellow chile, if available, or use 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh hot red chile)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 14 ounces can small white beans (such as cannellini, drained)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon polenta
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • A small bunch of fresh cilantro (leaves plucked from stalks, to garnish)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the tomatoes on a baking dish, season with salt and olive oil, and roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat the stock. Add the tomatoes, turmeric, aji` amarillo, lime juice, beans, and a touch of salt, if needed. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together the turmeric powder, polenta, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Use the mixture to coat the chicken breasts.
  5. Heat a nonstick frying pan and add the vegetable oil. Cook the chicken breasts over medium heat for 8 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Pour the broth into a serving dish and slice the chicken breasts on top. Garnish with the cilantro.

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