Frango à Cafreal: A Spicy Twist on Portuguese Chicken

Dish recipes: Frango à Cafreal

Embark on a culinary journey with Frango à Cafreal, a flavorful and aromatic Portuguese-inspired chicken dish with a distinct Goan twist. This spicy and herby recipe will transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of Goa.


2 lbs (0.9 kg) Chicken, cut into pieces

1 cup (240ml) Yogurt

4 tbsp Olive Oil

1 cup (40g) Fresh Coriander, chopped

1/2 cup (20g) Mint Leaves, chopped

8 cloves Garlic, minced

2 tbsp Ginger, grated

1 tbsp Green Chili Paste

1 tbsp Lime Juice

1 tsp Cumin Powder

1 tsp Coriander Powder

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

Salt and Pepper to taste


Marinate the Chicken:

In a bowl, combine yogurt, olive oil, chopped coriander, mint leaves, minced garlic, grated ginger, green chili paste, lime juice, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Add chicken pieces to the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated. Marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight for maximum flavor.

Grill or Cook:

Grill the marinated chicken until golden brown and cooked through. Alternatively, you can cook it in a pan over medium heat.

Serve Hot:

Garnish with extra chopped coriander and mint leaves. Serve Frango à Cafreal hot, accompanied by rice or bread.


Frango à Cafreal is best enjoyed hot, and it pairs wonderfully with rice or crusty bread. The spicy and aromatic flavors will tantalize your taste buds.

Frango à Cafreal is not just a dish; it's a sensory experience. Immerse yourself in the bold and spicy flavors of this Portuguese-inspired Goan delight.