Goan Recipes & Cooking

A spicy Indo-European Romance...

Chicken Cafreal (Galinha Cafreal)

Cafreal is a spicy Portuguese-style grilled (or fried) chicken and the sauce it is marinated in tastes a lot like the famous Portuguese Peri-peri sauce. Serve Chicken Cafreal hot as an apetizer or with a fresh green salad.


makes 4 servings



Prep Time

5 hours

Cook Time

30 minutes

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  • 2 lb Chicken, legs and thighs cut into 10 pieces
  • 4 tbsp Vegetable oil
Spice paste:
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 4 Green chilies, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 8 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Lemon juice


  • For the spice paste, grind all the ingredients to a smooth paste
  • Marinate the chicken in the ground spice paste for at least 4 hours
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan; saute the chicken on high heat for 5 minutes, turning once
  • Lower heat, and cook covered till tender
  • Retain some gravy, or if preferred, uncover the pan and fry the chicken until brown. Serve with grilled potatoes and tomatoes
  • Alternatively, brush the marinated chicken with a little oil and grill or cook in a hot oven (400 F) till tender and brown
  • Serve with lemon wedges and a crisp salad
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