Today we are going to share 3 best Brazilian food recipes made with chicken, one of the most popular and budget-friendly sources of protein. We’ve included a traditional, an easy-to-prepare, and the most flavorful chicken recipe in this article.
Frango com Quiabo – Flavorful Brazilian Recipe to Try
Frango com Quiabo is a Brazilian chicken stew with okra and a staple in African-Brazilian cuisine. To start off, we need to butcher a whole chicken. It’s really not a difficult process once you get used to it -- you just have to find the joints. Most of the time we use the dark meat because it has the most ability to brown without drying out compared to the breast meat.
After cut the chicken into pieces, place it into a separate container and season everything with salt as well as some lime juice. Add some oil to a pot and brown the meat over medium-high heat. Once all sides are browned, cook minced garlic for about 1 minute over medium heat. Add enough chicken broth that can cover the surface of the chicken. Add about a tablespoon of paprika as well as some salt and pepper. After that, take 2 medium-sized vine tomatoes, and dump into this after cutting them into pieces, stirring everything well.
The next thing is to cook the okra. Chop into 1-cm pieces and cook with some oil in a separate pan. Once it gets browned, it will start releasing that goop from the inside. Now, you’ve to add it to the chicken stew. Stir all together, let it come to a boil, and the simmer for the next 15 minutes. Now, your Frango com Quiabo is ready to eat over creamy polenta preferably.
Coxinha – Traditional Brazilian Recipe
Coxinha is considered one of the traditional Brazilian food recipes that can make your mouth water. To make this appetizer, you’ve to boil the chicken and mince it very well. Then, sauté some onion and a lot of garlic in oil. Add spices, salt, and pepper, and then add the minced boiled chicken. Stir it well until everything get combined, and then parsley. So when we have the filling prepared, let it cool and reserve.
Now, you’ve to bring the chicken stock to a boil and then dump in a bunch of plain white flour and stir it until it turns into a dough. Just knead it to get it a little smoother, for about 3-5 minutes and then let it cool. After cooling it, shape the dough like a small chicken drumstick and put the minced chicken filling inside. Dip the coxinhas or chicken fritters into beaten eggs and bread crumbs, then deep-fry them in hot oil.
Galinhada –Easy Brazilian Recipe
This Brazilian chicken and rice dish is super easy to prepare. You need four chicken breasts, one chopped onion, 2 cloves of minced garlic, a few threads of saffron, a cup of uncooked white rice, 1 cup of hot water, 3 cups of chicken broth, a couple of bay leaves which is optional, and a whole lot of parsley, green onion for garnish.
First of all, you’ve to cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and combine it with salt and pepper, and bit of lime juice. Then, let it marinate for a couple of hours. Add some oil in a large pot and fry the onions and garlic until soft and fragrant. Then, throw in the chicken and cook it until it’s golden brown. Add some rice and fry it for couples of minutes, next add the chicken broth and then the hot water (saffron must have been soaked a while in the hot water), and some bay leaves. After adding salt and pepper, leave it to cook until the rice is done and the water has evaporated. Garnish it with a lot of parsley or green onions.
Hopefully, you try these easy Brazilian recipes and many more, saving some money when making dishes with an affordable source of animal protein that are flavorful as well.