Learn how to make Goan style Chicken Cafreal Chicken Cafreal is a delicious chicken recipe in which chicken is marinated in a flavorful mixture of coriander, mint and a medley of spices. This mouthwatering recipe is later grilled on a grilling pan which enhances the overall flavor of the chicken. Make this delicious recipe when you feel like eating something special yet easy to make. Chicken Cafreal was introduced into the Goan cuisine by the Portuguese. This delicious recipe is also known as galinha cafreal (Galinha is the Portuguese word for chicken) This recipe comes under the healthy category as chicken is a protein-rich ingredient and the amount of saturated fat used in this recipe is low (as per RDA), so enjoy this recipe without worrying about calories. Serve it with whole wheat paratha or eat it as it is, we bet you will be tempted for a second serving 😀 Try out this recipe and let us know how you liked the dish.

Chicken Cafreal


  • 500- gram chicken leg
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • Marinade
  • 1 cup coriander leaves with its stalk
  • ½ cup Mint
  • 5 green chilli
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 3 tsp cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1- inch ginger
  • 5 garlic cloves


  1. Roast the whole spices till they release their aroma.
  2. Grind coriander, mint, ginger, garlic, green chilies and the roasted spices with 1/4 cup water in a mixer to a fine paste.
  3. Slit the chicken to make small cavities in it and add salt, turmeric and 1 tbsp lemon juice along with the green spice mix.
  4. Coat the chicken well with the spice mix and marinate for 4 hrs.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and fry the chicken till it gets browned from both the sides.
  6. Use the spice mix water and add it to the chicken.
  7. Cover the pan and cook it for 15 minutes or till the chicken is cooked.
  8. Drizzle the remaining lemon juice on the chicken and serve.

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