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Peruvian Chicken and Potato Soup

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Peruvian, South American
Keyword Peruvian Chicken and Potato Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Author Yvonne Langen


Cilantro Lime Puree

  • ½ cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • ½ tbsp cumin
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 12 baby potatoes, halved
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • cup frozen green peas
  • lb rotisserie or roasted chicken breasts/legs, I used one chicken breast and one leg


Cilantro Lime Puree

  1. Puree cilantro, scallions, lime juice, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a blender or the small bowl of a food processor until smooth, about 45 seconds. Set aside.


  1. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and red pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onion is transluscent and bell pepper has begun to soften, about 4 minutes. Stir in cumin and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.

  2. Add broth, potatoes, carrots, salt, and black pepper: bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until carrots and potatoes are cooked through (can be easily pierced with a fork), about 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, discard skin from rotisserie/roast chicken breasts and/or legs. I used one breast and one leg. Remove meat from the bones using a knife or your hands. Slice chicken into thin strips.

  4. Once the soup has simmered for 30 minutes, add the sliced chicken and frozen peas to the pot. Cook over medium-low until warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cilantro lime puree.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from: Karnasiewicz, Sarah. "Peruvian-Style Chicken Soup with Cilantro and Lime." Real Simple. January 2020.