Chicken Feijoada: A Lighter Take on Brazil's National Dish


Experience the flavors of Brazil with Chicken Feijoada, a lighter version of the country's beloved national dish. Traditionally made with black beans and pork, this rendition uses chicken for a healthier, yet equally satisfying taste. Infused with aromatic spices and simmered to perfection, Chicken Feijoada is a comforting and nourishing meal perfect for any day of the week.

Chicken Feijoada: A Lighter Take on Brazil's National Dish

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes (plus overnight soaking for beans)
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes (excluding soaking time)

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: Approximately 2 cups

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 360 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Sodium: 420mg
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugars: 3g


  • Dried black beans: 500g (1.1 lbs / 17.6 oz), soaked overnight
  • Chicken thighs, skinless and boneless: 800g (1.76 lbs / 28 oz)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Onion, chopped: 200g (7 oz)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 15g (0.5 oz)
  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Ground cumin: 5g (0.2 oz)
  • Smoked paprika: 5g (0.2 oz)
  • Chicken broth: 1 liter (34 oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Beans: Drain and rinse the soaked black beans.
  2. Cook Chicken: In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  3. Sauté Aromatics: In the same pot, cook onions and garlic until soft.
  4. Simmer: Add the beans, bay leaves, cumin, paprika, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  5. Add Chicken: Return the chicken to the pot and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the beans are tender and the chicken is cooked through.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Soak the Beans: Properly soaking the beans overnight will significantly reduce cooking time and improve texture.
  • Browning the Chicken: This step enhances the flavor of the chicken and the overall dish.
  • Balanced Spices: Adjust the cumin and paprika to suit your taste preferences.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use canned black beans instead of dried?

Yes, but reduce the cooking time since canned beans are already cooked.

What can I serve with Chicken Feijoada?

Serve with white rice, orange slices, and collard greens for a traditional experience.

Can this dish be frozen?

Yes, it freezes well. Store in airtight containers for up to 3 months.

How can I make this dish spicier?

Add chili flakes or a diced hot pepper when sautéing the onions and garlic.