Savor the Best Authentic Brazilian Chicken Recipe Today!

The scents of paprika, chili powder, and fresh tomatoes fill the room as I begin to prepare my latest creation – Brazilian-style sautéed chicken. This dish is a true representation of the traditional flavors found in Brazilian cuisine, with a spicy and savory twist that is sure to satiate your palate.

As a chef specializing in both Brazilian and American cuisine, I have spent years perfecting this recipe to ensure its accuracy and authenticity. Each ingredient is carefully measured and the cooking process meticulously followed to produce a dish that exemplifies the heart and soul of Brazil.

Not only is this dish packed with flavor, but it is also incredibly simple to make. In just 30 minutes, you will have a mouthwatering dinner that will impress even the most discerning of guests. So gather your ingredients, heat up your skillet, and let’s create something truly special – Brazilian-style sautéed chicken.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Saute Chicken Brazilian
Saute Chicken Brazilian

Are you ready to experience a delicious and authentic Brazilian dish? Then look no further than this sauteed chicken Brazilian recipe that will tantalize your taste buds! Here’s why you’ll love this recipe:

Firstly, it’s incredibly easy to make within just 30 minutes. This means that even if you’re a busy person, you can still enjoy a flavorful meal that is perfect for any day of the week. In just 5 minutes, you can have the base flavors going with the right mix of paprika, chili powder, cooked ham, and wine simmering together.

Secondly, the ingredient list is quite versatile as well. You can use either chicken breasts or chicken legs and thighs depending on your preference. You can also add other meats like chicken heart or cooked ham into the mix. Whatever your liking is, the result will be a stunningly flavorful Brazilian feast.

Thirdly, the combination of herbs and spices like parsley and chili powder gives this dish a distinctively Brazilian touch. You’ll get lost in the vibrant aroma of mixed ingredients whisking together to create a bright flavor that melts in your mouth.

Lastly, this sauteed chicken Brazilian recipe is an all-in-one meal that goes incredibly well with rice or pasta. If you’re feeling adventurous or want something quick and tasty to eat, then you can try pairing it with an air-fried chicken leg or even some Brazilian coconut chicken curry for an experience like no other!

So what are you waiting for? Give this traditional Brazilian dish a try and let your senses be whisked away by the flavors and aromas so unique to Brazil!

Ingredient List

“Juicy chicken sauteed to perfection”

Chicken: For this recipe, you will need either chicken legs, chicken thighs, or chicken breasts. Make sure to cut the chicken into small bite-sized pieces to ensure even cooking.

Onion: You will need a medium-sized onion that should be finely chopped.

Tomatoes: The tomatoes should be ripe, medium-sized and chopped.

Parsley: Use fresh parsley for the best taste. Chop it coarsely before you add it to the dish.

Cooked ham: This is an optional ingredient that can add extra flavor to the dish. Cut it into small cubes and add them to the sauté along with the chicken.

Flour: Flour is used as a thickener in this recipe. You only need one tablespoon of all-purpose flour.

Chili powder and paprika: These spices will give your Brazilian sautéed chicken a slight heat and smokiness. Use one teaspoon of each spice.

Wine and chicken broth: Chicken broth adds depth to the dish while wine gives it acidity. If you prefer not to use wine, replace it with an equal amount of chicken broth.

Coconut milk (optional): This ingredient is used when making Brazilian coconut chicken curry variation of this dish – see Substitutions and Variations section below for more information.

Rice: Serve your Brazilian sautéed chicken over a bed of fluffy white rice for an authentic experience.

The Recipe How-To

“Brazilian-inspired dish bursting with flavor”

Step 1: Preparing the Chicken


  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
  • 2 chicken legs, cut into small pieces


  1. Heat oil in a large pan or air fryer over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the cubed chicken breasts and chicken legs to the pan or air fryer.

  3. Stir-fry until the chicken is browned on all sides; this will take about 5 minutes for each side.

  4. Remove the chicken from the pan or air fryer and set aside.

Step 2: Adding the Vegetables and Spices


  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of flour


  1. To the same pan or air fryer, add a generous amount of butter or oil.

  2. Once melted, add the chopped onion and stir well.

  3. Add the diced tomatoes and continue stirring until they are blended with the onions.

  4. Add the paprika, chili powder, and flour to the mixture while continuing to stir.

  5. Once all ingredients are well combined, add back in your cooked chicken.

  6. Pour in one cup of dry white wine and half a cup of chicken broth, making sure to stir frequently until everything is evenly coated.

  7. Leave it on medium-high heat for another couple of minutes to allow everything to meld together.

  8. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and let simmer for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally in between, for flavors of veggies to blend together.

  9. Add some chopped fresh parsley before serving this amazing dish alongside rice or any Brazilian side dish.

Enjoy the traditional Brazilian dish of Galinhada, which is a perfect combination of spices and vegetables with sautéed chicken!

Substitutions and Variations

“A taste of Brazil in every bite”

Brazilian cuisine is known for its rich and diverse flavors, and this saute chicken Brazilian recipe is no exception. There are many ways to customize and experiment with this traditional Brazilian dish. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Meat: This recipe calls for chicken breasts, but you can also use chicken legs, thighs, or even chicken hearts for a unique twist. If you want to make it a little heartier, add some cooked ham or grilled beef.

– Spice: The paprika and chili powder give this dish a nice kick, but feel free to adjust the spice level to your liking. Add more or less of these spices, or throw in some cumin or coriander for extra flavor.

– Sauce: Instead of wine and chicken broth, you can use coconut milk to give the dish a creamy texture and a tropical flavor. You can also swap out the parsley for cilantro, or add some diced tomatoes for a fresher taste.

– Rice: For an even more authentic Brazilian experience, use short-grain white rice instead of the regular long-grain variety. Or try mixing in some black beans or corn for added texture and color.

– Cooking method: If you don’t have a saute pan, you can make this recipe in an air fryer or oven as well. Or take it outside and grill the chicken for a smoky flavor.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to customizing this galinhada Brazilian chicken dish. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and cooking methods until you find your perfect variation!

Serving and Pairing

“Aromatic spices add depth to this dish”

One of my favorite things about Brazilian cuisine is the vibrant and diverse flavors and textures that come together in each dish. This sautéed chicken recipe pairs perfectly with a variety of sides to create a balanced meal that is sure to satisfy.

If you’re looking to keep it traditional, serve your Brazilian chicken rice with some grilled or roasted veggies like asparagus or peppers. The rice soaks up all the flavorful juices from the sautéed chicken and creates a hearty and satisfying bite.

For a lighter side, try serving this dish with a simple green salad dressed with lemon vinaigrette. The acidity of the dressing cuts through the richness of the sautéed chicken to create a harmonious flavor experience.

If you’re feeling daring, try pairing this Brazilian chicken with a side of plantains or yucca fries. The sweet and starchy flavors of these sides are the perfect contrast to the savory chicken and make for an unforgettable meal.

Of course, no meal is complete without a refreshing drink! A classic Brazilian caipirinha made with fresh lime juice, sugar, and cachaça (or rum) is the perfect cocktail to wash down this delicious dish. Alternatively, a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño pairs nicely with the bold flavors in this recipe.

Whether you’re serving for family dinner or entertaining guests, this sautéed Brazilian chicken recipe is sure to impress when paired with the right sides and drinks.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Quick and easy recipe for busy weeknights”

One of the greatest advantages of this Brazilian style sauté chicken recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, which is especially convenient if you’re hosting a dinner party or planning for a busy weeknight dinner. It’s also easy to store and reheat leftovers for later.

To make ahead, simply cook the recipe up to step 4, then store the cooked chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. When ready to serve, reheat the chicken on medium heat in a saucepan until it’s heated through.

For longer storage, you can freeze the chicken rice galinhada for up to two months using an airtight container or a freezer bag. Allow the dish to thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating it on low heat for best results.

When reheating in the microwave, add a small amount of water and cover with plastic wrap or a lid to prevent drying out. Reheat in increments of two minutes, stirring occasionally until heated through.

In terms of flavors and textures, this Brazilian sautéed chicken tasted just as delicious as when it was freshly made. Plus, being able to make it ahead of time means that you have one less thing to worry about when prepping for your next meal.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Healthy and satisfying meal that won’t disappoint”

To ensure that your Brazilian sautéed chicken turns out flavorful, juicy, and restaurant-quality every time, here are some valuable tips.

Firstly, when it comes to cooking the chicken, use a medium-high heat to achieve a good sear on the meat. This will help to create a golden brown crust that locks in the juices of the chicken.

Additionally, be sure not to overcrowd the pan as this can lower the temperature of the oil or butter and prevent the sautéing process from taking place effectively. Sautéing involves quick cooking in a small amount of fat over high heat while stirring constantly, which helps proteins caramelize and concentrate flavors.

When adding ingredients such as onions and garlic to the dish, I recommend cooking them until they are translucent before adding other ingredients like tomatoes or chicken broth. This allows for their natural sweetness and depth of flavor to be enhanced, resulting in a more complex and richly flavored dish.

Lastly, using fresh herbs such as parsley can greatly enhance the aroma and taste of your Brazilian sautéed chicken. Adding chopped parsley at the end will give your dish a pop of green color plus an added flavor dimension.

Keep these tips in mind when making Brazilian sautéed chicken for perfect results every time.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this saute chicken Brazilian recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves traditional Brazilian dishes or wants to explore new and exciting flavors. The blend of spices, vegetables and chicken will leave your taste buds dancing with joy.

Not only is it easy to make using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen but it can also be customized to your personal preferences or dietary restrictions.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or need a quick weeknight meal, this saute chicken Brazilian recipe is a crowd-pleaser that won’t disappoint. So why not give it a try and experience the unique and delicious taste of Brazilian cuisine right in the comfort of your own home? Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Saute Chicken Brazilian

Saute Chicken Brazilian Recipe

From 1955 Good Housekeeping Cookbook
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 799 kcal


  • 1 cup rice (cooked)
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes (quartered)
  • parsley
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup wine
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup cooked ham (chopped)


  • Season Chicken with salt and pepper. Saute chicken in oil - 12 minutes.
  • Add onion, tomatoes, ham and parsley for 6 minutes.
  • Mix flour with 1/4 cup chicken broth. Add to skillet with rest of broth, wine, paprika and chili - Simmer 10 minutes.
  • Serve over rice.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 414gCalories: 799kcalCarbohydrates: 38.1gProtein: 44.6gFat: 48.4gSaturated Fat: 9.5gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 298.9mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 2.8g
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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.