Recipe: Paleo ají de gallina in the slow cooker

This is my first attempt to Paleoise the classic Peruvian dish ají de gallina (I posted a more traditional recipe here). Considering the original version contains bread, milk (evaporated!), and Parmesan cheese, this wasn’t an easy task.

I used pecan meal instead of bread, coconut cream instead of milk and celery salt to compensate for the lack of the Parmesan’s umaminess. The result was good, obviously not as good as to fool someone who has tried the real deal, but hopefully I’ll get there eventually.

Paleo ají de gallina(Paleo Peruvian chicken “curry”)
Yield: 4 servings

Paleo aji de gallina


  • 700 gr chicken breast
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ají amarillo (or any other yellow chili, to taste)
  • 1/4 cup pecan meal
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 boiled egg, to serve
  • 4 black olives, to serve


  1. Place chicken breasts and stock in slow cooker.
  2. Top chicken with onion, garlic, chili, celery salt, pepper, and pecan meal.
  3. Cook on low for 4 – 5 hours.
  4. Shred chicken with two forks, add the coconut cream, stir and cook for 20 more minutes with the lid off.
  5. Turn slow cooker off, mix in the chopped pecans, and adjust seasoning.
  6. Serve garnished with an olive and half a boiled egg.
  7. The traditional way of eating this dish is with rice and boiled potatoes, we had it with cauliflower “rice”, spinach, baked baby carrots and grilled asparagus.

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