|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 75g||96%|
|Saturated Fat 12g||58%|
|Total Carbohydrate 34g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Coxinha is a popular street food snack in Brazil and is fun and economical to make. Think of it as savory dough shaped into a drumstick with a creamy chicken salad filling. It's then battered and fried to golden, crispy perfection.
They're easy to eat on the go, they're a meal unto themselves, they have a unique appearance (simulated drumstick), and most importantly, they are deep-fried and delicious!
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- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts (about 4 halves)
- 4 to 5 cups chicken broth
- 1 carrot (halved)
- 2 onions
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 lime (juiced)
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 to 3 cups bread crumbs (fine)
- 3 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
- Dash salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
Gather the ingredients.
Place the chicken breasts in a large shallow pot. Cover them with the chicken broth, adding water if necessary to cover by at least 1/2 inch of liquid.
Add the carrot and one of the onions (peeled and halved) as well as the bay leaves.
Bring liquid to a gentle simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is just cooked through (barely pink in the middle of the thickest part). If some of the breasts cook more quickly, you can remove them earlier.
Set chicken aside to cool, and strain and reserve the broth.
Shred the chicken into very small pieces using a food processor fitted with the plastic blade or with forks.
Stir the softened cream cheese and lime juice into the shredded chicken.
Finely chop the second onion and the garlic. Sauté the onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter until golden and soft.
Add the hot onions and garlic to the chicken mixture and stir until everything is mixed well.
Measure the chicken broth (you will probably have about 3 1/2 cups). If you have less than three cups, add more chicken broth to make 3 cups. Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan, and gradually stir in the same amount of flour as you have broth (so if you have 3 1/2 cups broth, add 3 1/2 cups flour).
Stir vigorously and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. The mixture will become a stiff dough. Remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
At this point, you can chill the chicken mixture and the dough for several hours or overnight.
Using floured hands, shape the coxinhas by rolling them into the size of golf balls, then hollow out the middle for the filling.
Press a golfball-sized (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) piece of the chicken filling inside the ball of dough, and press the dough closed around the filling.
Pull up the sides of the dough to approximate a drumstick shape, flouring hands as necessary.
Stand the coxinhas on a baking sheet with the pointed end sticking up. Continue until you run out of dough or filling.
Whisk the eggs together in a bowl. Place the bread crumbs in a shallow pan and season with salt and pepper.
Dip the coxinhas in the egg, then in the breadcrumbs to coat. Chill the breaded coxinhas for an hour.
Heat a heavy-bottomed pot with enough oil to cover the coxinhas oil to 360 F. Fry them in batches until deep golden brown.
Serve warm and enjoy!
- This dish is best if you start them the day before you fry them.
- If you're lucky enough to find catupiry, a Brazilian cream cheese, use it in place of the cream cheese.