Goan Chicken Cafreal

This hot and flavourful chicken preparation is very versatile and can be made in an oven, stove top or in a barbeque.

Cafreal is a spicy chicken preparation consumed widely in the Indian state of Goa. The preparation originated from the Portuguese colonies in the African continent. It was introduced into the Goan cuisine by the Portuguese.

Recipe to Make Goan Chicken Cafreal
Serves:4 | Preparation time: 40 minutes| Marination time: 5 hours minimum | Baking time: 45 mins or more


Small baby chicken weighing 800-1000gms, cut into sixteen pieces.
Sunflower oil/ melted butter- 3tbsps for basting
For Cafreal Marinade:
Mint leaves- handful
Coriander leaves- handful
Long Green chillies- 5- 7 (depending on individual heat level)
Cummin seeds- 1 tbsps
Black pepper corns- 1tsp
Ginger- garlic paste- 2 heaped tsps
Khus khus- 1tbsp
Cinnamon powder- 1/4 tsp
Clove powder-1/4 tsp
Tumeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice- 1 whole
Salt to taste.
1. Grind all the above masala ingredients in a mixie to a fine paste.
2. Marinate the washed piece of chicken in the paste for 5 hours or longer (preferably overnight in a fridge).
3. Line a roasting oven tray with baking paper, grease paper lightly. Place chicken pieces in a single layer. Pour 2 and half tbsp oil/ melted butter over the chicken.
3. Place the chicken in a preheated oven middle shelf, cook at 180C for of a total 45 mins or till cooked, turning the chicken over at 25 minutes and basting in its juices and remaining oil/ butter.
4. Chicken cafreal is ready when juices run clear when a fork is pierced into the thigh/ leg. Serve hot with onion rings and a generous squeeze of lemon juice.

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