Goya Foods’ Arepa with Chicken and Avocado
Ready for a taste of Venezuela? Goya Foods’ Executive Chef Fernando Desa guides Tanji through making a Reina Pepiada, a Venezuelan spin on chicken salad. The dish starts by making crispy arepas and then filling them with shredded chicken, minced garlic, avocado and a vibrant lemony mayo. It’s an easy lunch that’s filling and easy to pack, too!
- 2 packets GOYA Powdered Chicken Flavored Bouillon
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
- ½ cup GOYA Mayonnaise
- ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
- ¼ cup GOYA Guacamole
- 1 teaspoon GOYA Minced Garlic
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
- GOYA Adobo All-Purpose Seasoning with Pepper
- 1 Hass avocado halved, pitted, peeled and chopped
- 2 cups GOYA Masarepa (Pre-Cooked White Corn Meal)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons GOYA Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Make the Chicken Salad
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the bouillon and stir until dissolved. Add the chicken, bring the heat down to a simmer and cover until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and transfer to a plate. Let cook completely.
- In a large bowl, shred the chicken. Add the mayonnaise, onion, guacamole, garlic and cilantro. Season with adobo and gently fold in the avocado. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Make the Arepa
- In a medium bowl, combine the masarepa and salt. Add 2½ cups of lukewarm water and stir to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes. Using wet hands, knead the dough until smooth. Divide the dough into 8 portions. Form dough into small smooth balls.
- In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the dough balls, leaving at least 3 inches of space between each ball. Using the palm of your hand, flatten the balls to ½-inch thickness. Cook, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides, about 8 minutes total. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Using a knife, halve the arepas horizontally without cutting all the way through. Divide filling evenly among arepas and serve!
You can find Goya Foods Products at most major grocery stores, but if your local grocer doesn’t carry these products, you can request them! This recipe is courtesy of Goya Foods.
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