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Xinxin De Galinha

This is an amazing recipe from the northeast of Brazil – Bahia, that adding just with one unusual ingredient (azeite de dendê – palm oil) makes this dish incredibly unique! Make it with Vapatá because the basic ingredients are the same and you will have 2 dishes that complement each other! In Brazil they are served together.


  • 2 cups roasted caju nuts
  • 2 cups roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup dried prawns ( you get it from asian groceries stores, any size)
  • 200g fresh prawns (optional)
  • 1 medium onion cut in quarters
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cm ginger
  • 1 kg chicken breasts or thighs cut into small bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup palm oil ( you get it from african/portuguese shops)
  • 1 large tin of chopped tomatoes
  • chilli, salt, pepper to taste
  • chopped coriander leaves to garnish


Blend all ingredients except the chicken, palm oil and tomatoes, in a food processor, roughly so all pieces are still indentifiable.

Pour this mixture into a pot, add the chicken and tomatoes and water enough to cover the chicken and boil until cooked, add fresh or frozen prawns ( if you are using them), chilli, salt and pepper to taste, add the palm oil and mix it for a minute and before serving sprinkle with coriander  and serve with rice!

Should you be into the mood of slow cooking and have a fuller flavour, feel free to fry the garlic, ginger, for couple of minutes then add chopped onions and let them develop a golden colour and caramelise the chicken and then add the rest of ingredients and boil it.

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Nov 17
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