Delicious Grilled Chicken Brazilian Style Recipe

Welcome to my Grilled Chicken Brazilian Style recipe article! Are you craving a delicious and savory grilled chicken that will take your taste buds on a flavorful journey? Look no further than this recipe.

As a chef who specializes in Brazilian and American cuisine, I am excited to share with you the secrets behind creating a perfect grilled chicken dish in traditional Brazilian style. This recipe has been passed down through generations and has undergone significant refinement to make it easily accessible for anyone to prepare and enjoy at home.

The combination of juicy chicken thighs, aromatic garlic cloves, and tangy lime juice makes this dish stand out from any other grilled chicken recipes out there. This dish is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a family dinner or backyard barbeque with friends.

So get ready to fire up your grill because we’re going to dive right into the details of how to create the perfect Frango Churrasco Grilled Chicken!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Grilled Chicken Brazilian Style
Grilled Chicken Brazilian Style

Are you looking for a flavorful and tender chicken recipe that is easy to make? Look no further than this Grilled Chicken Brazilian Style Recipe. As a chef who specializes in Brazilian and American cuisine, I can assure you that this recipe will satisfy your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

One reason why you’ll love this recipe is the unique blend of spices used to marinate the chicken. The combination of garlic cloves, olive oil, paprika, piri-piri sauce, lemon juice, and brown sugar creates a tantalizing flavor that will make your taste buds dance with delight. The marinade infuses the chicken with deliciousness and makes it incredibly moist and tender.

Another reason to love this recipe is that it is perfect for any occasion. Whether you are hosting a summer barbecue or having a casual dinner with family and friends, this Brazilian-style grilled chicken will be the star of the show. It is simple to prepare and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients or techniques.

Furthermore, this recipe offers versatility if you’re seeking it. You can easily switch chicken thighs with chicken legs, wings or skewers so everyone can have their favorite cuts of meat. Also, try swapping piri-piri sauce for peri-peri sauce or cachaca in the marinade for some extra depth of flavor.

In conclusion, you’ll love this Grilled Chicken Brazilian Style Recipe because it offers rich and complex flavors without being difficult to make. You can easily customize it to fit your preferences while creating a dish that will impress everyone who tastes it. So go ahead and give it a try – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

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When it comes to Grilled Chicken Brazilian Style, the ingredient list is rich with spices and herbs to give it that signature flavor. For this recipe, you will need 900g of boneless chicken thighs, with skin possible, 2 teaspoons of salt, 3 garlic cloves smashed or minced, and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Also, make sure to have the possible zest and juice of 2 lemons for a tangy citrus kick. To spice up your grilled chicken recipe, grab a tablespoon of smoked paprika, followed by a teaspoon of paprika coriander. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar, mild piri piri sauce (give it a Portuguese twist), and 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped cilantro. Furthermore, be sure to have on hand 1 cup of Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing as a marinade for your chicken.

The Recipe How-To

Now that we have all of our ingredients ready, let’s start with the recipe how-to. I suggest we start by marinating our chicken in a rich and tangy frango churrasco, a Brazilian-style marinade with loads of flavor.

Marinating the Chicken

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 4 cups of olive oil, 1 tbsp of salt and 2 tbsp of soft brown sugar. Mix well until sugar has dissolved.

  2. Next, add 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of mild piri-piri sauce, and the juice and zest of 2 lemons to the bowl. Combine all ingredients well.

  3. Add in the chicken (either boneless chicken thighs or legs with skin) allowing it to marinate for at least 30 minutes, but no longer than 2 hours in the refrigerator (marinating longer risks over-tenderizing the meat).

Preparing the Grill

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

  2. While the grill is heating up, remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any excess liquid.

  3. Pat dry the chicken pieces then brush them lightly with olive oil

Grilling Instructions

  1. Once your grill is preheated, lightly spray or brush the grates with non-stick cooking spray or oil to prevent sticking.

  2. Place chicken on grill over direct heat.

  3. Cook chicken for about 6-7 minutes per side or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

  4. During the last couple of minutes of cooking, place 1-2 lemon halves cut-side down on the grill for added citrus flavor.

  5. Finally, when done, remove chicken pieces from grill and let them rest for a few minutes tented in aluminium foil before carving or serving.

Note: You may also use skewers for your grilled chicken, or a combination of chicken thighs, wings and hearts on a sheet tray.

Optional Garnish

  1. Sprinkle some fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley over your grilled chicken to add a pop of green.

  2. Serve with a shot of Cachaça (Brazil’s most popular distilled spirit) on the side for a true Brazilian experience.

Now that you know how to make Brazilian-style grilled chicken (Churrasco de frango), feel free to experiment with different marinades based on your preference. Don’t be afraid to mix and match flavors – this is the essence of creating culinary masterpieces!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to spice up your grilling game with this Brazilian-style grilled chicken!
Get ready to spice up your grilling game with this Brazilian-style grilled chicken!

When cooking a recipe, it’s always good to have some flexibility with ingredients in case you don’t have everything on hand or need to make a substitution. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try for this Brazilian-style grilled chicken recipe.

Firstly, if you’re not a fan of chicken thighs, or simply want to mix things up, you can use chicken breasts, wings, or legs instead. The cooking time may vary slightly depending on the cut and size of the chicken pieces. Alternatively, try making chicken skewers by cutting the chicken into smaller pieces and threading them onto skewers before grilling.

For those who prefer a bit of heat in their dishes, add more piri piri sauce or substitute it for another hot sauce of your choice. You can also add some diced jalapeño peppers or cayenne pepper to the marinade for an extra kick.

If you’re not a fan of citrus flavors, replace the lemon and lime juice with vinegar or white wine vinegar. You can also eliminate the lemon zest altogether.

For those who want to switch up the flavor profile, try adding different spices to the marinade such as cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, or chili powder. You can also add fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary for an aromatic touch.

If you’re looking for an alcohol-free option in your marinade, swap cachaca for verjuice or apple cider vinegar.

Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous and looking to add more Brazilian-style grilled meats to your menu, try substituting chicken hearts or beef hearts for the chicken thighs. These meats are popular in Brazilian churrasco-style grilling and offer a unique taste and texture.

These substitutions and variations will allow you to tailor this recipe to suit your personal taste preferences and available ingredients. Don’t be afraid to experiment and create your own version of this delicious Brazilian-style grilled chicken recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 This chicken has been marinated to perfection with a blend of spices and lime juice.
This chicken has been marinated to perfection with a blend of spices and lime juice.

Once you have grilled your Brazilian-style chicken to perfection, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it. One of my favorite ways to serve it is alongside a flavorful side dish such as roasted vegetables or a salad with fresh greens and citrus fruits.

Brazilian churrasco chicken is delicious and versatile, so it pairs well with a variety of foods and drinks. If you’re in the mood for something tropical, try serving it with a refreshing mango salsa or a side of coconut rice. A chilled caipirinha cocktail made with cachaca will also complement the flavors of the dish.

For a classic pairing, consider serving your Brazilian-style grilled chicken with roasted sweet potatoes or corn on the cob. These sides will bring out the smoky flavors of the paprika, coriander, and garlic in the chicken.

If you’re looking for an easy and crowd-pleasing way to serve churrasco chicken, skewer it with other meats such as beef or pork along with some vegetables like bell peppers and onions, then grill them until charred and succulent. This churrasco de frango can be served on its own or in warm tortillas as delicious tacos.

No matter how you choose to serve it, Brazilian-style chicken churrasco is sure to be a hit at your next cookout or dinner party.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The charred marks on this chicken are a sign of true grilling mastery.
The charred marks on this chicken are a sign of true grilling mastery.

When it comes to meal prepping, this Brazilian-style Grilled Chicken recipe is a great option. You can marinate the chicken up to 24 hours in advance and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to grill. The longer the chicken marinates, the more flavorful it will be when grilled.

Once you’ve grilled your chicken, you may have leftovers that you want to save for future meals. The good news is that this recipe stores well in the refrigerator for up to four days. I recommend storing the chicken in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.

To reheat your leftover chicken, I suggest using an oven or microwave. If you opt for the oven, preheat it to 350°F (180°C) and place your chicken in an ovenproof dish or baking sheet. Cover the dish with foil and heat for about 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (73°C).

If you’re more of a microwave person, place your chicken on a microwave-safe plate and cover it with a damp paper towel. Heat on high for two minutes, then check if it’s heated through. If not, continue heating in 30-second increments until done.

Some other delicious ways to serve leftover grilled chicken include slicing it up and adding it on top of a salad, making a sandwich with lettuce, tomato and mayo or using it to create tasty tacos with pico de gallo and avocado.

With these tips, you can enjoy your Brazilian-style grilled chicken any day of the week!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Moist, tender, and bursting with flavor – this chicken is a must-try!
Moist, tender, and bursting with flavor – this chicken is a must-try!

As a chef specializing in Brazilian and American cuisine, I know how important it is to achieve the perfect grilled chicken texture and flavor. Here are some essential tips to ensure your Brazilian-style grilled chicken comes out perfectly every time:

1. Marinate for at least 6 hours

Marinating your chicken in a mixture of olive oil, garlic, salt, and citrus juice for at least six hours helps tenderize the meat and infuse it with flavor. For best results, marinate the chicken in the fridge overnight.

2. Use bone-in, skin-on thighs

Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are the best cut for grilling because they retain moisture while cooking and develop a crispy exterior when grilled. The skin also adds flavor and helps prevent sticking to the grill.

3. Preheat your grill

Before placing your chicken on the grill, make sure to preheat it to medium heat. This ensures even cooking throughout and prevents sticking.

4. Grill with indirect heat

To avoid overcooking or burning your chicken, try grilling with indirect heat instead of directly over the flames. This provides more control while still achieving that distinct Brazilian churrasco style grilled flavor.

5. Close the lid while cooking

Closing the lid while cooking increases smoky flavors by trapping smoke in with the food. It also helps regulate internal temperature allowing for even cooking.

6. Use a meat thermometer

To ensure that your chicken is fully cooked and safe to eat, use an instant-read thermometer to check that it has reached an internal temperature of 165°F.

Following these tips will guarantee you succulent and flavorful Brazilian-style grilled chicken that is sure to impress your guests!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this grilled chicken Brazilian style recipe is a must-try for any food lover. Having tried and tested this recipe several times, I can assure you that the outcome is nothing short of spectacular. The blend of flavors from garlic cloves, olive oil, and piri piri sauce will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Not only is this chicken recipe delicious, but it is also easy to make and does not require complicated cooking techniques. With a few simple ingredients and a preheated grill at medium heat, you can have a tasty meal ready in under 30 minutes.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it allows for various substitutions and variations, depending on your preferences or what ingredients you have available. You can use chicken legs, wings or even skewers, and achieve the same great taste as using chicken thighs.

In addition to being tantalizingly flavorful, this dish pairs well with many sides such as steamed rice, salads, or potatoes. It’s perfect for a family dinner, barbecue party or weekend get-together with friends.

So go ahead and try out this Brazilian churrasco-style grilled chicken recipe today. You won’t regret it – and you might just add it to your list of favorite recipes!

Grilled Chicken Brazilian Style

Grilled Chicken Brazilian Style Recipe

I grew up in Brazil where they are known for their delicious meat on the grill. The flavor on this chicken in so good and so easy! Don't let the simple ingredients fool you. You'll be coming back for more of this succulent chicken!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 601.5 kcal


  • 3 lbs chicken thighs
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt


  • Clean chicken and rub with salt.
  • Combine olive oil and garlic and marinate chicken for at least 2 hours.
  • Place chicken on the grill and roast slowly. Delicious!

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Serving: 181gCalories: 601.5kcalCarbohydrates: 0.5gProtein: 39.4gFat: 48.2gSaturated Fat: 11.8gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 173.4mg
Keyword < 60 Mins, Brazilian, Chicken, Chicken Thigh & Leg, Easy, High In..., High Protein, Meat, Poultry, South American, Very Low Carbs
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.