Brazilian cuisine: How to make Coxinhas

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Brazilian street food at home

Brazilian cuisine: How to make Coxinhas
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Yes, they are time-consuming to make, but if you get a bunch of friends together and get a little conveyer belt going, it is enormously companionable.

— Nigella Lawson

Coxinha is the king of the Brazilian salgadinhos, a savoury two bite wonder found all over Brazil. While this deep fried chicken croquette is a popular street food, master how to make this wonderful starter or snack right at home.


Heat a heavy saucepan and add olive oil. Once hot, sauté the chopped onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until soft, fragrant and onions are translucent. Add the chicken, green onions, and parsley and sauté for 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat, set aside and let cool.

In another large saucepan mix together broth, milk and butter. Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce heat to low and add all the flour at once, stirring well to loosen the bottom of the pan. Place on a flat greased surface and let cool. Begin to knead the dough for about five minutes. Once well combined, roll out the dough with your hands.


Assemble the coxinhas one at time: take about a golf ball sized of dough and hollow out the middle to add the chicken filling. Enclose the dough around the filling and shape into a drumstick shape. Repeat until you have run out of the dough or filling.

Whisk the egg and milk together in one bowl, and place the breadcrumbs seasoned with salt and pepper in another shallow pan. Dip the coxinhas in the egg, then coat in breadcrumbs. Chill for one hour so that the coxinhas harden. Finally, fry the coxinhas in hot oil until golden brown, drain on absorbent paper, and serve warm.

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