Friday, February 23, 2007


Remember, some time ago I spoke about "Farofa Amarela"? Well, the dish I am presenting here tastes great when eaten together with this very special manioc condiment.

"Xinxim De Galinha" is a wonderful dish originating from the Northeast of Brazil, Bahia more exactly. It is very typical of that area, because the people there love to combine seafood with meat.

As it is the case with most Bahian culinary specialities, this dish takes it's roots in West Africa (for more infos, please click here). The food there is very colorful, tasty, spicy and it has the reputation of being the most famous and the best of Brazil's regional cusines!

This "Moqueca" (see my "Moqueca Da Peixe") or stew is extremely pleasant, exotic and unique. The aromas are well-balanced, it has a very round and soft taste
, yet it is a real shock to the tastebuds, because it's multiple layers of flavor have a firework effect on your palate! "Xinxim De Galinha" is a heavenly and supmtuous speciality that brings together the earth and the sea in a beautiful way. The natural sweetness of chicken and shrimps goes hand in hand to create an interesting impression on the gourmet in search of unusual associations.

"Xinxim De Galinha" works like magic on your soul as it has
the power to soothe you and make you dream! It is one of those dishes that is always able to surprise you, no matter how many times you eat it, because it's flavor is so complex and rich that it is impossible to put a grip on it. A real explosion of taste, a symphony of flavors!...

This recipe was adapted from Michael Bateman's "Café Brazil" that my friend, the sweet Brigitte at "Café Créole" (Guyana) ever so kindly sent me. A marvelous gift for a foodie like me! Thanks.

Bring some sunshine to your table and into your life!!!

Serves 2-3.

800g Chicken thighs
3 Limes, juiced
(+ 1 more if needed)
4 Cloves garlic, crushed with a kn
ife and finely chopped
Sea salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste
250g Raw jumbo shrimps, shelled

Sunflower/peanut oil, for frying

1 Big onion, finely sliced

1 Green bell pepper, seeded and cut in tiny cubes

2 Big tomatoes, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced

250ml Chicken broth

30g Dried shrimps (see remarks)

30g Brazil/cashew nuts

30g Toasted peanuts, without the skin

A 1cm (2.50 inches) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 Tbs Dendê/palm oil (see info)
400ml Thickish coconut milk

Some fresh coriander

1. Put the chicken thighs in a bowl and add 1/3 of the lime juice and 1/3 of the garlic. Salt and pepper to taste.

2. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and set aside for 1 hour.
3. In another bowl, mix together half of the jumbo shrimps, the leftover lime juice and half of the leftover garlic. Salt and pepper to taste.

4. Let marinade for about 15 minutes.
5. Heat a frying pan over high heat, then add 1 tablespoon sunflower/peanut oil.
6. Remove the shrimps from the marinade and stir-fry for about 1 minute.
7. Set aside.
8. Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade.
9. Add a little more sunflower/peanut oil in the frying pan and fry t
he thighs until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
10. Set aside.
11. In a clean frying pan, add some Sunflower/peanut oil and fry the onion, until translucid.
12. Add the bell pepper, then the leftover garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute.
13. Add the tomatoes and the chicken. Heat w
14. Pour the chicken broth into the pan and bring to the boil.
15. Then, over low heat, simmer, covered for about 30 minutes.
16. In a mortar, grind together the dried shrimps, Brazil nuts and peanuts into a very fine meal.
17. Incorporate this fine meal, the leftover ma
rinade juices as well as the grated ginger to the chicken and sauce in the pan.
18. Let the contents of the pan simmer for another 5 minutes.
19. Check the seasoning and correct if desired.
20. Now, add the fresh/raw shrimps, the extra lime juice (if needed/desired), the "Dendê Oil" and the coconut milk. Mix well.
21. Let it all simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
22. Serve hot sprinkled with chopped coriander.

As it might be difficult to find Brazilian dried shrimps, the Asian or Cajun version will also do (see info).
Keep the juices of the marinade for later. It will be incorporated at the end.
Don't let the onion or the be
ll pepper get brown.
While simmering, check that the meat doesn't stick to the pan or that the broth hasn't reduced too much. If it's the case, add a little water.
If you don't have a mortar, then use you mixer.
I didn't grate my ginger. Instead I pound it in my mortar.
At the end when everything is mixed together, you might want to add more lime juice (the extra lime).

Serving suggestions:
Eat this dish with white rice (carolina, basmati or creole rice), "Farofa" (see recipe), Vatapa (see info) and hot tomato salsa.

(Pelourinho -Pic by Joao Eduardo Penny De Carvahlo
(Mundai Beach -Pic by Eddie Lima


  1. you should come to my house, en plus on a la même plage l'eau au fond du jardin :-))
    enjoy your book and whenyou finish i"ll send a new one !!!

  2. I love your cooking and your first photo.

  3. huuuuuuuuuum!! quelles belles recettes!! et quelles belles photos !!bises micky

  4. J'adore la cuisine brésilienne. je viens de m'acheter un livre mais je testerai ta recette first ! Ta photo faitvraiment envie.

  5. What a tasty recipe!!! I like it!!!

  6. BRIGITTEGUYANE: Yes, I would love to! You are very lucky :-D...

    POM D'API: Thanks ever so much!

    MICKYMATH: Merci, Micky! Bises.

    HÉLÈNE (cannes): Oui, la cuisine brésilienne est vraiment fantastique! Tiens-moi au courant lorsque tu auras fait cette recette! J'attends tes recettes avec impatience...

    MISS TINY: Thanks, Alexandra! Bises.

    ROSA: Thanks, Rosa!

  7. les photos me font réver autant que la recette
    merci pour ta visite sur mon blog : abientot

  8. MOUNET 47: Merci pour ta visite et ton commentaire sympathique!
    A +!!!

  9. One of the best dishes of Brazilian cuisine. Too bad it is so difficult to find the dried shrimp here in the US. I am going to make it tomorrow.

  10. I tried this in a Mexican and Brazillian restaurant the other day and it was soooo nice! So I google around to find a recipe and find that you've got one! :) Thanks for this :)

  11. "1cm (2.5 inches)" - that should be the other way round - great food though and nice to get some more background about this dish.