Canja de Galinha Recipe: Enjoy the Comforting Flavors of Portuguese Chicken Soup

Dish recipes: Canja de Galinha
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Canja de Galinha, or Portuguese Chicken Soup, is a beloved comfort food that holds a special place in Portuguese cuisine. This hearty soup features tender pieces of chicken simmered with rice, vegetables, and fragrant herbs, creating a nourishing and flavorful dish that warms the soul. Whether enjoyed as a comforting meal during cooler weather or as a soothing remedy for colds and flu, Canja de Galinha is sure to bring comfort and joy to your table.


1 lb chicken pieces (such as thighs or breast), bone-in

1/2 cup white rice

1 onion, chopped

2 carrots, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups chicken broth

1 bay leaf

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley for garnish

Lemon wedges for serving


In a large pot, combine the chicken pieces, chopped onion, diced carrots, diced celery, minced garlic, chicken broth, and bay leaf. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender. Remove the chicken pieces from the pot and shred the meat using two forks. Discard the bones and return the shredded chicken to the pot. Stir in the white rice and continue to simmer the soup for another 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and tender. Season the Canja de Galinha with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaf from the pot and discard it. Ladle the hot soup into bowls, garnish with freshly chopped parsley, and serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the soup.


Serve the comforting Canja de Galinha hot, with crusty bread on the side for dipping. Enjoy this traditional Portuguese Chicken Soup as a hearty meal or as a nourishing remedy during cold and flu season.

Canja de Galinha is a timeless classic in Portuguese cuisine, cherished for its comforting flavors and nourishing qualities. Whether enjoyed as a satisfying meal or a comforting remedy, this hearty chicken soup is sure to warm your heart and lift your spirits.