Moqueca de Frango: A Brazilian Chicken Stew Sensation


Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Brazil with Moqueca de Frango, a sensational Brazilian Chicken Stew. This vibrant and aromatic dish combines tender chicken, juicy tomatoes, creamy coconut milk, and a blend of exotic spices, all simmered to perfection. Moqueca de Frango is a testament to the rich flavors and diverse influences of Brazilian cuisine.

Moqueca de Frango: A Brazilian Chicken Stew Sensation

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: Approximately 2 cups

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 380 kcal
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 24g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 560mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugars: 5g


  • Chicken breasts, cut into chunks: 600g (1.32 lbs / 21 oz)
  • Lime juice: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 15g (0.5 oz)
  • Paprika: 5g (0.2 oz)
  • Cumin: 3g (0.1 oz)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Onion, chopped: 150g (5.3 oz)
  • Red bell pepper, sliced: 100g (3.5 oz)
  • Diced tomatoes: 400g (14 oz)
  • Coconut milk: 240ml (8 oz)
  • Fish sauce: 15ml (0.5 oz)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped: 20g (0.7 oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate Chicken: Combine chicken, lime juice, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Sauté Vegetables: Heat olive oil in a pot. Add onions and bell peppers, cooking until softened.
  3. Cook Chicken: Add the marinated chicken and cook until browned.
  4. Simmer: Stir in diced tomatoes, coconut milk, and fish sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes.
  5. Garnish: Sprinkle with fresh cilantro before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marinating the Chicken: The marinade infuses the chicken with flavor and tenderizes it.
  • Layering Flavors: Cook the onions and peppers before adding the chicken to develop a depth of flavor.
  • Gentle Simmering: Let the stew simmer gently to allow the flavors to meld together.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Yes, thighs can be used and may add more flavor due to their higher fat content.

What can I serve with Moqueca de Frango?

It pairs beautifully with white rice or farofa (toasted cassava flour).

Can I make this dish vegetarian?

Absolutely! Replace the chicken with firm tofu or a variety of vegetables.

Is this dish spicy?

The dish is mildly spiced, but you can add chili pepper for more heat.