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BRAZIL: Coxinha


50 pieces

Ready In:

1.5 hr

Good For:



About this Recipe

By: Lucimer

Coxinha is a popular snack throughout all regions of Brazil, and is often eaten at children’s parties. Using shredded chicken that is battered with dough and then fried into a small teardrop shape, these are perfect for snacks and appetizers!

Originally from Brazil, Lucimer is a member of the International Women’s Association of Pittsburgh (IWAP) and is part of their cooking class. IWAP’s mission is to offer friendship, support and assistance to international women, who find Pittsburgh as their new home. They have cooking classes, English classes, book club, field trips, volunteer opportunities, and more. 


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  • 2 liters of water
  • 1 kg of sifted wheat flour
  • 3 cubes chicken stock
  • 1 spoon margarine or butter
  • 1 spoon salt
  • 1 spoon paprika


  • 1 kg chicken breast
  • small bunch of parsley and green onion
  • paprika
  • salt to taste

To Bread

  • iced milk
  • breadcrumbs
Coxinha, pronounced co-shee-nya, is a popular Brazilian street food! It can also be made with maize or cheese. 
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Step 1
Cook the chicken with the salt, paprika and green herbs in around 2 liters of water until the chicken is soft, approximately 40 minutes. Remove the chicken and save the water.
Step 2
Shred the chicken, mixing it with the small fresh herbs.
Step 3
In a liter of boiling water, add the chicken broth and butter, mixing to melt. Start adding the flour little by little, mixing well until the dough is cooked and homogeneous.
Step 4
Place the dough on a bench greased with a little oil, and knead the dough well. After, start modeling the coxinhas into little drumstick shapes, filling the dough with shredded chicken.
Step 5

Bread the coxinhas in the iced milk and then in the breadcrumbs. Deep fry them in hot oil, enough to cover the coxinhas. 

Let cool and serve warm!