Easy Brazilian Recipes

Coxinha! Brazilian Chicken Croquettes


Brazilian Coxinha Chicken Croquettes are delicious fried pastries found everywhere in Brazil that you can easily make at home! Eat some now, freeze some for later!

Perfect recipe for leftover turkey!!!!

Let’s get started!


Filling:  Chicken Breasts, boneless skinless, Chicken Bouillon, Water, Olive oil, Jalapeno, Onion, Garlic, Fresh Cilantro, Cream cheese, Smoked Paprika Lime, Salt, Pepper Dough:  Chicken broth or stock, Butter,  AP Flour, Salt Breading: Fine breadcrumbs, Salt, Eggs, Water Vegetable oil for frying

Cook, Shred Chicken


Add the water and chicken bouillon cubes to pot. Boil, add the chicken breasts and cook for 5-8 min. until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165 F. Turn off the heat, transfer the chicken to a plate to cool and then shred.  Save the cooking liquid for the dough.

Prep veggies


Preheat a medium frying pan or skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, jalapeno, onion, and garlic. Stir to combine and coat in oil and cook for 3 minutes.

Mix the filling


Then add the cooked veggies to a large bowl with the chicken, softened cream cheese, cilantro, paprika, salt, pepper, and lime juice from the lime.  Mix to fully combine.

Make the dough


Add the chicken cooking liquid  to a large pot. Add the butter and bring to a simmer. Turn the stove off and vigorously stir in the flour mixture until well combined. Turn the stove back on to medium heat and cook for 1 minute while stirring. Then remove immediately. Let cool for 10-15 minutes.

Roll a ball


Rub butter onto a plate and onto your fingers. Grab a small amount of dough (about 2 tablespoons) and roll into a ball about the size of a golf ball.

Fill pastry


Flatten as thin as possible without tearing the dough on the buttered dish. Fill with 1 tablespoon filling.

Form Coxinha


Fold all of the sides up over the filling and pinch the sides together at the top to form a teardrop (chicken leg shape). Place on a sheet pan as you continue. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.

Bread & Fry


Dredge croquettes in egg, then  breadcrumbs. Then do it again and set on a baking sheet. Do this with all of the croquettes. Heat a deep pot with oil to 360 F degrees.  Fry 3-4 of croquettes at a time, submerging each into the oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Trasfer them to a paper towel lined baking sheet.

Serve and Enjoy!!