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Spicy Brazilian Coconut Chicken Recipe

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Spicy Brazilian Coconut Chicken Recipe

Brazilian cuisine is known for its vibrant flavors and unique combinations of ingredients. This Spicy Brazilian Coconut Chicken recipe is a perfect example of the country’s culinary excellence. It features tender chicken simmered in a creamy coconut sauce with a kick of spice. Let’s get started:

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Ingredients:

For the Chicken Marinade:

  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for spice)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Coconut Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

For Serving:

  • Cooked rice

Instructions:

  1. Marinate the Chicken:
    • In a bowl, combine the chicken pieces with minced garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Let it marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Sear the Chicken:
    • In a large skillet or pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken pieces and cook until they are browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
  3. Sauté the Aromatics:
    • In the same pan, add chopped onion and diced red bell pepper. Sauté until they become soft and fragrant.
  4. Spice It Up:
    • Stir in the ground cumin, ground coriander, and smoked paprika. Cook for a minute or two to release their flavors.
  5. Add Tomatoes and Coconut Milk:
    • Pour in the diced tomatoes (with their juices) and coconut milk. Stir to combine everything.
  6. Simmer with Chicken:
    • Return the seared chicken to the pan. Add chicken broth and bay leaf. Mix well.
  7. Simmer and Cook:
    • Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and let the mixture simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
  8. Season and Garnish:
    • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper if needed. Remove the bay leaf from the sauce.
  9. Serve:
    • Serve the Spicy Brazilian Coconut Chicken over cooked rice.
  10. Garnish:
    • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for a burst of color and added flavor.

Enjoy this Spicy Brazilian Coconut Chicken with its rich and creamy coconut sauce that’s beautifully spiced. It’s a dish that will transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of Brazil. Serve it over rice for a complete and satisfying meal. Bom apetite! (Enjoy your meal in Portuguese)

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Source: cravinghomecooked.com

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