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Chicken Cafreal Recipe, Goan Galinha Cafreal Recipe

Sumit Malhotra
Chicken Cafreal is a great example of how to strike the right balance of heat, sourness and sweetness. And the chicken inside is pleasantly juicy & succulent which is also infused with the amazing flavours coming from all the beautiful spices used for marinating the chicken.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Servings 3 servings
Calories 206 kcal


  • 500 Grams Chicken Boneless breasts cut into cubes
  • 2 Piece Onion Medium-sized Sliced
  • 4 Tablespoons Cafreal Paste
  • 0.5 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil/Ghee


  • First of all, marinate the cleaned and cubed chicken overnight with some salt and two tablespoons of cafreal paste.
  • Heat a tablespoon of ghee in a thick bottomed pan and fry the sliced onions. When they are translucent remove from fire and cool (this is a tip I learnt from the food show).
  • Once onions cool down put them on flame again and add the remaining cafreal paste. Saute for a minute.
  • Now add the marinated chicken and sear on high to seal the juices. This takes about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce flame to medium-low and cook covered till done. This takes about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from flame and check the seasoning.
  • Finally, serve it with pao bread, Goan bread called poee or plain rice.


  • If using frozen chicken, take the marinated chicken out from the refrigerator at least an hour before you start cooking.
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