Xin Xin de Galinha – Brazilian Chicken in Peanut Shrimp Sauce

Thank you for sharing!

Last Updated on May 20, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Xin Xin de Galinha – Brazilian Chicken in Peanut Shrimp Sauce – From the Bahia region of Brazil, this African influenced chicken stew makes a delicious meal.

 

Xin Xin de Galinha - Brazilian Chicken in Peanut Shrimp Sauce

While half of the world wants to be in Brazil right now to see the World Cup matches, I want to be there to try some of the delicious food.

I have been infatuated with Brazil for many years. I have always been a reader since I was a very young child. I know I sound like a nerd, but the library was one of my favorite places to browse and one of my favorite genres of books has always been historical fiction. Love stories, intrigue and deception nestled in the context of the past teaches you about real historical events that occurred while simultaneously inviting you in to the fantasy world of romantic and intrigue filled plots.

 

I love serial novels. Where you follow the same characters over generations through several novels and I read a series that took place in Brazil, although I can’t recall the titles or the author 15 years later. Even though it took place over 200 years ago, it was interspersed with Portuguese words and foods I had never heard of and the fantastical experience of Carnival in Rio. I was just so intrigued – even though I still haven’t made it to Brazil 🙁

Back then another habit I had was xeroxing cookbooks. This was before the time of every home having a printer and every printer having a scan option. I was a salaried employee so it did not matter how late I stayed at the office I got paid the same salary. If I stayed late, people just assumed I was doing office work. Once the clock hit 5:30, I would actually switch to my personal work. What I was actually doing was photocopying recipes from cookbooks I had borrowed from the library. Because of that, today I have 3 5″ binders full of recipes and one of these binders has a HUGE section of Brazilian recipes – because of my piqued interest after reading the novels.

See also  Cherimoya Ice Cream

At the bottom of this xeroxed page it says South American Cooking – whether that was the title of the book or the title of the chapter, who knows – but this recipe comes from my Brazilian section of the binder.

Brazil is a diverse country with diverse cuisines. In Rio and Sau Paolo, you have the Portuguese descended cuisine of the colonizers. In the south in places like Santa Catarina, you have German and Italian descended cuisine which the original immigrants to that region came from. Then on the Atlantic Coast, you have Salvador – Salvador was the colonial capital of Brazil.  Today it is the largest city in the state of Bahia.

The state of Bahia is mostly populated by descendant’s of the more than 5000 slaves that were brought from Africa to Brazil. It is reputed to be one of most happiest places in Brazil, with non stop street parties happening at any time. It is also the cultural center of Brazil – where many artists, writers, musicians and dancers call their home. Maybe I am biased being of African decent somewhere down the line but many of the contributions Brazil has made to the world comes from the African descended population. Samba music and capoeira was born in Bahia. It is also known for having the most flavorful food of Brazil – with the spices and flavors brought from Africa. This is a Bahia recipe.

IN THE MAKING – HOW TO MAKE XIN XIN DE GALINHA

What a delicious chicken dish for any night of the week!

See also  Chicken Mustard Green Congee - Chinese Breakfast Rice Porridge

Xin Xin LR IG

 

This chicken was phenomenal and definitely one to be repeated.

Xin Xin LR 1

Xin Xin de Galinha - Brazilian Chicken in Peanut Shrimp Sauce
Print Recipe Pin it for later!
No ratings yet
SAVE THIS RECIPE

Xin Xin de Galinha – Brazilian Chicken in Peanut Shrimp Sauce

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Chicken Recipes
Cuisine: Brazilian
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs. chicken pieces with bone cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons dende oil palm oil
  • 1/3 cup dried shrimp
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 habanero chiles minced
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts ground
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint

Instructions

  • Sprinkle the chicken with lemon juice and salt.
  • Heat the oil and saute the shrimp, garlic, onion, coriander and chiles for 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent.
  • Add  chicken. Fry in the oil until chicken is browned, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add peanuts and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.
  • Add parsley and mint. Stir to combine.
  • Serve with rice or farofa (toasted cassava meal).
Did you try this recipe? Leave a comment below.Please follow me on Instagram @chefmireille or tag me #chefmireille with your pics! I'd love to share them!

Do you know anyone else who likes learning about international food, culture, history and travel? Bring them over here to join the party! Don’t forget to use those share buttons! 

Start Here to find out how the Schizo Chef can help you with your cooking, travel and other needs!

If you like this recipe, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT & SUBSCRIBE!

This post is for the CC Challenge of the month

See also  Harissa Brussel Sprout Roast

 

Thank you for sharing!

About Chef Mireille

CHEF MIREILLE - AUTHOR, RECIPE DEVELOPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER FOR Global Kitchen Travels
***
Chef Mireille is a NYC based freelance chef instructor and food photographer. Due to her very diverse family background, she was able to travel and learn about global cultures and flavors from a young age. Her passion for culture, cooking, history and education had made her an expert on developing traditional globally inspired recipes & delicious fusion cuisine.
Her extensive travel history provides a plethora of background information and Travel Tips!

Join the Global Kitchen Travels community!

Sign up for updates!

Thanks! Keep an eye on your inbox for updates.

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Usha Rao

    This is always nice to read your write ups bout the food and the region it comes from. Brazilian Chicken looks good. Now that you mention world cup, one of my distant cousins took extra classes and graduated 6 months early, in December itself instead of June, so that he could find a job, earn some money and go to Brazil in June for the world cup!

  2. Srivalli

    Mir, I enjoyed reading your attachment to Brazil…making brazilian food along with world cup sounds so good..:)..the chicken looks good..I too used to scan and bind cookbooks..:)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.