To make the dough, place the precooked cornmeal in a bowl and mix with the salt. Make a hole and add the water, mixing little by little. Work the dough with your hands until it is well hydrated and smooth and homogeneous. It should be moist but not sticky. Correct with flour or water if necessary.
Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Prepare a frying pan or griddle with a little oil. Divide the dough into 6-8 servings, depending on the desired size, ensuring that they are more or less equal.
Form uniform balls with your hands -we can lightly grease them with oil to make it easier- and flatten gently. They should be like pancakes, with a finger thick, about 1.5 cm. They also don’t have to be perfect.
Heat the pan and cook the arepas for about 8-10 minutes over medium heat on each side, letting them brown well. The only difficulty is that do not remain raw inside; We can finish cooking them in the oven at 180ºC for about 10 minutes.
To make the filling, chop or shred the chicken, to taste. Combine with the mashed avocado meat, the pressed garlic clove, the chopped onion and a little chopped parsley or coriander. Season and season with lime or lemon juice. Add mayonnaise and mix until it has the desired consistency.
At your service, open each arepa in half – without separating the two halves – using a good serrated knife. Fill with the chicken salad mixture, taking care not to break them.
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With what to accompany the arepas reina pepiada
The arepas with filling reina pepiada are a very complete snack perfect to share at home in an informal dinner, or take for lunch to take outdoors. Many people eat them in the morning for breakfast, although I find them more suitable for a mid-morning brunch or lunch. With a light salad or some more snacks we will have a complete menu.
You can also use firmer avocado by adding it in whole pieces, or removing the garlic. Instead of red onion you can use white, or you can sauté or cook first. I like to add tomato slices to the arepas and there are those who prefer to add cheese or hot sauce. Everything is a matter of taste.