Hearty Salpicao Brazilian Chicken Salad Recipe

Salpicao de Frango is one of my favorite Brazilian dishes. This chicken salad – Salpicao in Portuguese – is a savory, creamy, and crunchy salad packed with flavor and texture. It’s the ultimate meal for any season, perfect for lunch or dinner, and loved by everyone who tries it.

In Brazil, chicken salad salpicao is a staple food that has become a part of the country’s culinary culture with its unique blend of flavors and textures that make it simply irresistible. It’s versatile enough to be served as a side dish or as a main course, and can be customized according to your liking.

If you are a fan of salads, this recipe will quickly become your go-to choice. And if you have never tried it before, then get ready to be blown away by the sensation of garlic-tinged chicken breasts combined with sweet raisins, crunchy carrots and corn, crispy potato sticks, all merged together into a creamy bed of mayonnaise and white vinegar dressing.

Salpicao de Frango is not only delicious but also nutritious; it’s loaded with protein from the skinless chicken breasts that are cooked until they’re tender and juicy. The raisins add natural sweetness to this dish while the carrots and corn give it freshness that’s hard to resist.

Now that I’ve introduced you to Salpicao de Frango let’s dive into the details. Let me walk you through each step of how to make this mouthwatering Brazilian dish.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Salpicao---Brazilian Chicken Salad
Salpicao—Brazilian Chicken Salad

Let me tell you something, folks. If you’re looking for a salad that is full of flavor, texture, and protein, then you’ve come to the right place. I present to you the Salpicao – a Brazilian chicken salad that is sure to satisfy your taste buds and fill your belly.

What’s not to love about this dish? First of all, it’s made with skinless chicken breasts, which are cooked until they are tender and juicy. Then, they are shredded into bite-sized pieces that are perfect for mixing with the other ingredients.

Speaking of ingredients, this salad is loaded with them. Carrots, raisins, corn, and onions come together to create a delicious medley of flavors and textures. And don’t forget about the potato sticks on top – they add a satisfying crunch to every bite.

But what really ties this salad together is the creamy dressing made from mayonnaise, white vinegar, and a Brazilian sofrito (a combination of garlic and onion). It’s tangy, savory, and just the right amount of sweet.

This salad salpicão de frango (that’s Portuguese for “chicken salad Salpicao”) is not only delicious but also easy to make. You can even use leftover chicken breasts or a rotisserie chicken to save time.

Trust me when I say that this dish is a winner. It’s a quintessential Brazilian dish that showcases all the best flavors of their food culture. Give it a try, and you’ll surely fall in love with this unique and tasty chicken salad Salpicao.

Ingredient List

 A colorful and flavorful twist on traditional chicken salad.
A colorful and flavorful twist on traditional chicken salad.

Here are the ingredients you will need to create this delicious and colorful Salpicao de Frango (Brazilian Chicken Salad):

For the Brazilian Sofrito:

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced

For the Chicken:

  • 1 pound of skinless chicken breasts
  • water for boiling and cooking

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 can of corn (15.25 oz), drained
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 onion, diced and caramelized
  • potato sticks for decoration

These fresh ingredients will help produce an authentic chicken salad that is both filling and flavorful.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect combination of sweet and savory ingredients.
The perfect combination of sweet and savory ingredients.

Now, it’s time to get cooking with this delicious Salpicão de Frango recipe! Here are the steps to make your own version of this classic Brazilian dish:


  • 1 pound skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup Brazilian sofrito (onion, garlic and peppers sautéed in olive oil)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Preparing the Chicken

Boil the chicken breasts until fully cooked. Let it cool down and then shred it into small pieces.

Step 2: Sautéing the Flavors

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, diced onion, and Brazilian sofrito. Keep stirring until everything is fragrant and onions are translucent.

Step 3: Mixing It All Together

In a medium bowl, mix together the shredded chicken with the sautéed sofrito mixture. Then, add in the mayonnaise, white vinegar, diced carrots, corn, and raisins. Mix everything together until properly combined.

Step 4: Adjusting Seasonings

Taste the mixture and season it with salt and pepper to your liking.

Step 5: Serving Time

Serve cold with some potato sticks on top for an extra crunch!

Your delicious Brazilian Salpicão de Frango is ready for you to serve and enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 A refreshing dish that's great for lunch or dinner.
A refreshing dish that’s great for lunch or dinner.

As a chef, I love exploring variations and substitutions for classic recipes to add some excitement and to cater for different dietary needs or preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can incorporate into the Salpicao recipe:

– Meat Substitution: You can replace the chicken breasts with cooked shredded turkey, pork, or beef to make a more flavorful salad. Alternatively, you can use firm tofu for a vegan option.

– Vegetables Substitutions: While this recipe calls for carrots and corn as the main veggies, you can swap them out for bell peppers, cucumbers, celery, or even grated zucchini.

– Dressing Variations: Although the traditional dressing for Salpicao includes mayonnaise with a touch of white vinegar, you could opt for Greek yoghurt or sour cream if you want a tangier flavor. Adding mustard or honey is another way to personalize the taste of the dressing.

– Topping Substitution: For an extra crunch, substitute potato sticks with croutons or crispy noodles. Chopped nuts such as cashews or almonds add some nutritious value to the salad.

Incorporating these substitutions and variations will not only provide exciting flavors but also transform a classic Brazilian dish into your signature creation while still retaining its authenticity.

Serving and Pairing

 The freshness of the vegetables enhances the taste of the dish.
The freshness of the vegetables enhances the taste of the dish.

As a Brazilian chef, I always recommend serving this salpicao Brazilian chicken salad recipe with some traditional sides that go well with the dish. One of my personal favorites is to pair it with some crispy potato sticks – think of it as a crunchy addition to the texture of the salad.

When it comes to serving, you can either present the salad on its own or use it as a filling for a wrap or sandwich. I especially love eating this as a sandwich, between two slices of your favorite bread. It’s light enough to enjoy for lunch without feeling too heavy, and it makes for a satisfying meal.

If you’re looking to serve this dish as part of a larger spread, consider making some other classic Brazilian appetizers like pão de queijo (cheese bread) or coxinha (fried chicken dumplings). These dishes pair perfectly with the salad and provide a well-rounded meal that will transport your taste buds straight to Brazil.

To complete the meal, I recommend pairing it with a refreshing caipirinha cocktail. Made with cachaça, fresh lime juice, and sugar, it’s a quintessential Brazilian drink that offsets the flavors in this dish perfectly.

Overall, salpicao de frango is a versatile dish that goes well with many sides and drinks. However you choose to serve it, be sure to take in all the flavors and textures that make this Brazilian dish special!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Don't be fooled by its simplicity—this dish packs a punch!
Don’t be fooled by its simplicity—this dish packs a punch!

One of the great things about Salpicao is that it can absolutely be made ahead of time. In fact, it’s best when it has some time to rest and allow the flavors to meld together.

Once your salad is composed, simply cover it tightly with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Be sure to give it a good stir before serving to ensure that everything is evenly coated in dressing.

If you plan on serving your salad buffet style, try reserving some of the extra toppings like potato sticks and raisins until just before serving so they stay crispy.

When you’re ready to reheat portions of your salad, try microwaving them lightly for just 30 seconds or so, being careful not to overheat so as not to compromise the texture of the shredded chicken or vegetables.

If you prefer your potatoes sticks crispy, leave them off your salad mixture when refrigerating and adding them separately right before serving.

While we find this chicken salad delicious on its own, I like to serve it alongside pão de queijo, black beans or a traditional Brazilian feijoada for a fully immersive tastes of Brazil.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A Brazilian inspired chicken salad that will transport you to Rio de Janeiro.
A Brazilian inspired chicken salad that will transport you to Rio de Janeiro.

Now that you have all the ingredients and steps needed to make my Brazilian chicken salad recipe, let me share with you a few tips that will guarantee perfect results.

1. Mix well: When adding the mayonnaise and white vinegar mixture to the salad, mix well to ensure that it is evenly distributed. This will prevent dry spots in the salad and provide a smooth texture.

2. Soak raisins: Soak raisins in hot water for 5 minutes before adding them to the salad. This will plump them up and make them easier to eat.

3. Corn and Carrots: Cut the carrots and corn into small pieces so they blend well with the other ingredients in the salad. The vegetables also shouldn’t be too thick, but they also shouldn’t be too thin either.

4. Shredded Chicken: To achieve the best texture possible with your chicken salad salpicão, use cooked shredded chicken breast. It will create a better texture and blend well when mixed with mayonnaise.

5. Chill Time: Let your chicken salad made from scratch chill for an hour in the fridge before serving to allow flavors to meld together.

By following these tips, you can create a delicious Brazilian dish without any hassle or fuss. Impress your family and friends with this incredible Brazilian food!


As you prepare to make this delicious Salpicao Brazilian Chicken Salad Recipe, you may have some questions on your mind. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. In this section, I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this recipe. So, let’s dive in!

How to make chicken salat?

Let’s begin by tenderizing the chicken. If you are using pre-cooked chicken, you can skip this step. For those cooking the chicken, start by boiling 2 quarts of water with a tablespoon of salt. Once the water is boiling, add the chicken and allow it to cook for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is tender and fully cooked. Once done, remove the chicken from the water and allow it to cool before dicing it into small pieces.

Next up, it’s time to whip up the dressing for this delicious salad. Gather some mayo, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper, and mix them well to create a zesty blend.

Now let’s add some fresh veggies to the mix! It’s time to chop up the celery, bell peppers, olives, red onions, and apples. Make sure they are diced into tiny pieces, and then toss them into the salad dressing.

Once the veggies have been nicely mixed in, it’s time to add the diced chicken to the mix. This will create a protein-packed salad that will surely satisfy your nutritional needs.

To complete this salad, add the lettuce. Make sure to mix everything well so that the dressing covers all of the ingredients evenly. This salad is perfect for any time of day and is sure to add some zing to your taste buds!

What is Mediterranean chicken salad made of?

I’ve got a delicious chicken salad recipe for you that’s packed with fresh herbs, shallots, celery, walnuts, sundried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. But the real star of the show is the tangy Dijon dressing that brings all the flavors together. Trust me, you won’t be able to resist this zippy salad!

Bottom Line


In conclusion, the Salpicao – Brazilian Chicken Salad Recipe is a dish that combines both texture and flavor in a way that will leave every palate satisfied. The perfect balance between sweet and savory notes make this dish a well-rounded meal that can please a small family gathering or become the star of any potluck dinner. This recipe is not only easy to make but also offers versatility, allowing you to add or substitute ingredients based on your taste preferences.

So why not give it a try? Take a culinary trip to Brazil without ever leaving your kitchen and indulge in the deliciousness of Brazilian cuisine. With simple and easy-to-find ingredients such as chicken breasts, carrots, corn, raisins, mayonnaise, and white vinegar, you can make your own Salpicao de Frango – Brazilian Chicken Salad within minutes.

Follow the steps we have provided above, experiment with different textures by adding toppings such as potato sticks or bacon bits for an additional crunch or spice things up with some chili flakes. The choice is yours!

We are confident that you will love this recipe just as much as we do. So put on your apron and start cooking! Trust me; this dish will impress everyone at the table.

Salpicao---Brazilian Chicken Salad

Salpicao---Brazilian Chicken Salad Recipe

This is a yummy dish that's great for warm weather lunches. Sometimes I add grated beets. This turns it pink but its still delicious. Enjoy.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 418.3 kcal


  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
  • 1 (11 ounce) can corn
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (light is ok)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup potato sticks


  • In a bowl combine the chicken, carrots, corn and raisins.
  • In a small bowl whisk the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper together.
  • Pour this over the chicken and combine well.
  • Top with the straw potatoes and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 173gCalories: 418.3kcalCarbohydrates: 41.6gProtein: 31.3gFat: 15.5gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 76.1mgSodium: 344.1mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 11.2g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Brazilian, Chicken, Chicken Breast, Easy, Inexpensive, Lunch, Meat, Poultry, South American
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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.