Fried Chicken Pastries (Coxinha)

READY IN: 2hrs 8mins
Recipe by JustJanS

Be warned-I haven't made this. I want to, and needed to put it into a format I could follow more easily. The instructions were 'interesting" to say the least. When I make it I'll add any corrections I think are needed. Prep time and cook time are a bit of a guess, as is the yield. The recipe says it makes 60 bite sized or 30 medium sized coxinhas.

Top Review by Chef Me Trini

Hey... this is a lot like a recipe for coxinha that I have from I've made coxinha this way before but something is always a little amiss... so I have some suggestions. Forget the green onions and parsley... they don't add anything, only distract. Up your garlic to about 6 cloves (trust me on this!), only use two bouillon cubes if you can actually find Knorr brand cubes... they're DIVINE!!!... and two of those cubes are cool, you'll get the taste you want, but if all you can find are those tiny little Maggi-esque cubes then I'd go for six (again, trust). Toss all of your ingredients (minus the cream cheese, flour, eggs and bread crumbs of course) into a pressure cooker, bring that up to a whistle and let it whistle its little heart out for ten minutes! Your chicken will be perfection!!! in coxinha glory form! I cut my chicken across the grain rather than shred it and then I mix the chicken and everything I've strained from the liquid with the cream cheese... makes life much easier. And I have to agree with the greased palms! People... don't make these for a crowd unless you're prepared to be asked (or harrassed) to making dozens and dozens and DOZENS of these for every occasion possible! I have friends who have asked me to give them Coxinha instead of birthday and Christmas presents before now! Y'all will LOVE them!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut chicken breasts into 2 inch cubes, and place in a saucepan with onion, garlic, margarine, stock cubes, salt and pepper and 3 cups of water.
  2. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until done.
  3. Strain solids from broth, retaining broth and solids.
  4. Finely chop the chicken to make the filling.
  5. Add the parsley and chopped green onion to the chicken.
  6. Measure the remaining broth into a saucepan-you will need 3 cups, so make it up with extra water.
  7. Add all the flour, and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon for 1 minute until it becomes stiff.
  8. Turn out, allow to cool a little, but while it is still warm, knead dough until it is smooth and no lumps of flour remain.
  9. (About 10 minutes) Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut medium sized circles with a biscuit cutter.
  10. Place the dough in the palm of your hand, place a small cube of cream cheese and a teaspoon of the prepared filling.
  11. Judge the filling to the size of the circle you cut-you have to be able to seal it!
  12. Knead scraps and re-roll, and continue cutting until all the dough is used.
  13. Fold and close the dough in the shape of a drumstick (the word Coxinha means "little drumstick" in Portuguese).
  14. Brush the filled pastries with egg white and roll in breadcrumbs.
  15. Deep-fry the snacks for 8 minutes at 350f or until golden brown.

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