Coxinha! Brazilian fried dumplings.

posted on: Thursday, August 28, 2008

Coxinha is a popular Brazilian snack also knows as part of the Salgadinho family. It's a sort of appetizer/ finger food. These small delicious fried things are labor intensive so we usually only eat it on special ocassions. My good friend Silvinha encouraged me to make some and so I got a small crew together and in half an hour these babies were done. Here is a step by step process of how to make coxinhas. Give it a try. You won't regret it!
Ingredients for the dough

  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chicken buillon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 egg yolks diluted in 1/2 cup of water
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  1. In a medium sauce pan dissolve the chicken bouillon in the water.
  2. Add the butter, milk and egg yolks to the chicken bouillon mixture.
  3. Mix the ingredients together and bring to a full boil.
  4. Slowly add the flour and continue to mix until the mixture is no longer sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool down enough so that you can shape it in the palm of your hands
Chicken Filling
  • 2 pounds shredded cooked chicken breast. (I like to bake a whole chicken because I think it is easier)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 garlic bulbs
  • 2 tomatoes (remove the skin and seeds)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  1. Sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except the parsley and mix until the mixture is dry.
  3. Add the parsley.
Assembling the Coxinha

Shape some of the dough in your hand like this

Add about 2 tablespoons of the filling to the center of the dough
Close the dough around the filling and shape it like a chicken drumstick and dip it in milk and then bread crumbs
Deep fry for about 2-4 minutes in HOT oil
serve warm with a nice green salad so that you don't feel totally unhealthy :)


  1. thanks you soo much for sharing!
    My Sister in law in brazil made these when she was visitng, and have been stuck in my mind forever! Im going to try tem outvery soon! thankyou!!

  2. i dont know why my last comment didnt use my blogger id...
    Do you happen to have a recipe for a brazilian dessert with pineapple, coconut and lady fingers?? if so please share, its my number 1 favorite dessert my sister in law makes!

  3. Hi Yasmine,
    I don~t know what recipe you are talking about. what is the name of the dish. You should try making coxinhas. it~s easy

  4. Is there something like this where the dough has potato in it? A Brazilian friend of ours made it for John and the crew on Molokai.

  5. Lindsey you can make this with Potato. It tastes really good. I've never made it before and am not really sure how to.

    So are there really any Brazilians on Molokai?


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