Ajiaco Bogotano

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3 pounds (~1.3 kilos) chicken breast, on the bone with skin (or 1 whole chicken, cut into parts)

6 quarts (~6 liters) water

3 pounds (~1.3 kilos) russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

6 pounds (~2.7 kilos) new red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

3 pounds (~1.3 kilos) papas criollas (in the U.S. use Dutch Creamer, Baby Dutch Yellow, Yukon Gold, or Yellow Finn potatoes), cut into 1-inch chunks

4 ears corn on the cob (fresh or frozen), cut into 3-inch pieces

2 handfuls of quascas (about 5 g dried or 10 g fresh)

cilantro leaves

Crema Mexicana (or regular heavy cream if you can’t find the capersother)


avocados, sliced

cooked rice