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Brazilian Delight: Cheesy Coxinha Croquettes


About the Dish:

Coxinha is a popular Brazilian snack that is shaped like a chicken drumstick. The name coxinha literally means little thigh in Portuguese. It is made with a dough filled with shredded chicken meat and then deep-fried until golden and crispy. Coxinhas are often served as a party snack or as street food in Brazil.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 560mg
Total Carbohydrates 32g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Protein 12g


Ingredient Quantity
Chicken Breast 2
All-Purpose Flour 2 cups
Chicken Stock 2 cups
Butter 3 tablespoons
Onion 1, finely chopped
Garlic 3 cloves, minced
Salt 1 teaspoon
Black Pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Oil for frying

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add the chicken breasts. Cook until the chicken is fully cooked, about 25-30 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and let it cool. Once cooled, shred the chicken with your fingers or using a fork.
  • Step 2: In a separate pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and cook until they become translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add the shredded chicken, salt, and black pepper to the pot and mix well. Cook for an additional 5 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.
  • Step 3: In a saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Slowly add the all-purpose flour while stirring continuously. Stir until the mixture forms a dough-like consistency. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Step 4: Take a small portion of the dough and flatten it in your palm. Place a spoonful of the chicken filling in the center of the dough. Fold the dough over the filling and shape it into a drumstick shape, with a pointed end and a rounded base.
  • Step 5: Heat oil in a deep fryer or a large pot until it reaches 350°F (180°C). Carefully place the coxinhas into the hot oil and fry until they turn golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the coxinhas from the oil and place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  • Step 6: Serve the coxinhas hot as a snack or as an appetizer. They can be enjoyed on their own or with a dipping sauce of your choice.

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