Galinha à Zambeziana Recipe - A Delicious Mozambique and Thailand Fusion Dish

Galinha à Zambeziana

Galinha à Zambeziana Recipe - A Delicious Mozambique and Thailand Fusion Dish
Region / culture: Mozambique, Thailand | Preparation time: 2 hours | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 4


Galinha à Zambeziana
Galinha à Zambeziana

Galinha à Zambeziana is a traditional Mozambican dish that features tender chicken pieces marinated in a spicy piripiri sauce and cooked to perfection. This flavorful dish is sure to impress your taste buds with its unique blend of spices and rich flavors.


Galinha à Zambeziana has its roots in Mozambique, a country known for its vibrant culinary traditions. This dish is a popular choice for special occasions and gatherings, as it is both delicious and easy to prepare. The marinade used in this recipe is a key component, as it infuses the chicken with a bold and spicy flavor that is sure to please.


How to prepare

  1. Marinate the chicken pieces in piripiri sauce for at least two hours. If you have more time, cover and refrigerate for longer.
  2. When you are ready to cook, melt one cup of butter and add it to the marinade.
  3. Use this mixture to coat the chicken while it cooks.
  4. Either broil the chicken or grill it over a charcoal fire.
  5. To broil, lay the pieces on a rack over a pan deep enough to catch the dripping grease.
  6. Cook for 10-15 minutes on each side, basting several times with the sauce.
  7. When the chicken is tender, serve it with a fresh batch of piripiri sauce. Heat the sauce for five minutes before serving.


  • 4 red peppers, crushed or 2 heaping teaspoons of cayenne pepper
  • 0.25 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 6 sprigs of parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup of butter or oil
  • For a vegetarian version, substitute tofu or tempeh for the chicken and marinate in the piripiri sauce as directed.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to marinate the chicken for at least two hours to allow the flavors to fully develop.

- Basting the chicken with the marinade while it cooks will help keep it moist and flavorful.

- Adjust the amount of piripiri sauce to suit your taste preferences – add more for a spicier dish or less for a milder flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Galinha à Zambeziana with a side of rice and a fresh salad for a complete and balanced meal.

Cooking Techniques

Broiling or grilling the chicken will give it a delicious charred flavor that complements the spicy marinade.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have piripiri sauce, you can use hot sauce or cayenne pepper as a substitute.

Make Ahead Tips

You can marinate the chicken in advance and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the dish with fresh herbs, such as cilantro or parsley, for a pop of color and flavor.

Pairing Recommendations

Galinha à Zambeziana pairs well with a crisp white wine or a cold beer to balance out the spicy flavors.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

300 per serving


0g per serving


20g per serving


25g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This dish is a good source of iron, niacin, and vitamin B6.


This recipe contains dairy (butter).


This dish is high in protein and fats, making it a satisfying and flavorful meal option.


Galinha à Zambeziana is a delicious and flavorful dish that is sure to impress your guests. With its spicy marinade and tender chicken, this dish is a must-try for anyone looking to explore the rich culinary traditions of Mozambique.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still recall the sense of amazement I felt when I first saw this recipe for Galinha à Zambeziana. It was many years ago, back when I was a young girl living in Mozambique with my family. My mother had invited a dear friend over for dinner, and she brought along this incredible dish that she had learned how to make during her travels along the Zambezi River.

As soon as the aroma of the spices hit my nose, I knew that this was going to be something special. The Galinha à Zambeziana was a flavorful and fragrant chicken dish, cooked in a rich and spicy coconut sauce. It was unlike anything I had ever tasted before, and I was immediately intrigued by the complexity of the flavors.

I watched intently as my mother's friend, Maria, prepared the dish. She explained to me that the key to making Galinha à Zambeziana was in the balance of spices – the blend of paprika, coriander, cumin, and ginger was crucial to achieving the perfect taste. She also added a generous amount of coconut milk to give the dish its creamy texture and subtle sweetness.

I was fascinated by the way Maria moved around the kitchen with such grace and confidence, effortlessly combining ingredients and creating a masterpiece of flavors. I knew then that I wanted to learn how to make this dish myself, so I asked Maria if she would be willing to teach me.

Maria agreed, and over the next few weeks, she patiently guided me through the process of making Galinha à Zambeziana. She taught me how to marinate the chicken in a fragrant spice rub before searing it to perfection. She showed me how to simmer the chicken in a rich coconut sauce until it was tender and bursting with flavor.

I learned so much from Maria during those cooking lessons. Not only did she teach me how to make Galinha à Zambeziana, but she also shared stories of her travels along the Zambezi River and the incredible meals she had enjoyed along the way. She inspired me to explore new flavors and cuisines, and I will always be grateful to her for passing on her knowledge and passion for cooking.

As the years went by, I perfected my own version of Galinha à Zambeziana, adding my own twist to the recipe with a few extra spices and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. I have since shared this dish with my own family and friends, passing on the tradition of this flavorful and exotic chicken dish.

Every time I make Galinha à Zambeziana, I am transported back to that moment when I first saw the recipe and felt that sense of amazement and wonder. It reminds me of the joy of learning something new and the power of sharing a delicious meal with loved ones.

So here I am, years later, still cooking and still learning. And I can only hope that one day, my own grandchildren will feel that same sense of amazement when they taste my Galinha à Zambeziana and realize the magic that can happen in the kitchen.


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