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Arepa with Desmechado chicken and Hogao from the Padano Fruit and Vegetable Consortium

Colombians are characterized by loving their country, traditional dishes and culture. And although they are far away, they are always looking for a way to stay in touch with their traditions. This is why the Consorzio Ortofrutticolo Padano has decided to pay homage to this country with a recipe for arepa with Desmechado and Hogao chicken; One of the favorite foods at home! So far I haven't met any Colombians who don't know arepas or hogao. But if you are not from Colombia, this is your chance to savor the culture and tradition in a delicious dish!

For the chicken:
One chicken breast on the bone
4 cups of chicken broth
For the hogao sauce:
Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
3 green onions, chopped
One cup of tomato, peeled and chopped
A minced clove of garlic
One teaspoon of ground cumin
¼ tablespoon of annatto powder
Salt and pepper to taste
For the arepas:
½ cup masarepa (paste for arepas)
½ cup of hot water
Two tablespoons of butter
Salt to taste
Chopped avocado, to taste
Fresh cilantro, to taste
To make the chicken: Cook the chicken with the broth in a medium saucepan for 25 minutes or until the chicken is soft. Discard it with a fork or with your hands. Booking.
To make hogao: Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes.
Add the chopped tomato and garlic. Reduce the heat and cook for about 8 minutes.
Add the cumin, annatto, salt and pepper. Cook for another 3-5 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
For the arepas: add the masarepa, hot water, 1 tablespoon of butter and salt. Mix well. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
Knead with your hands for about 3 minutes. Wet your hands with water as you form the dough.
Shape the dough into 2 balls. Place each ball between 2 plastic bags and, with a little lid, flatten them.
Add the butter to a non-stick pan over medium heat. Place the are-pas in the pan and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, until golden.
To serve: Place an arepa on a plate and serve the chicken on top. Add chopped avocado and fresh cilantro. Serve and Consorzio Ortofrutticolo Padano wishes: good appetite!

Advices from the Consorzio Ortofrutticolo Padano:
You can also use beef and shrimp for this recipe.
You can also cook arepas on the grill.