Easy Portuguese Chicken Mozambique

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This easy Portuguese chicken Mozambique is a great recipe for a weeknight dinner. This popular Portuguese dish is vibrant and bursting with flavor from its delicious sauce.

Easy Portuguese Chicken Mozambique in Serving Bowl

Julian's family is from Portugal, and so I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with Portuguese flavors! This chicken Mozambique recipe is easy and is as flavorful as it is bright.

What is Portuguese Chicken Mozambique?

Chicken Mozambique is a recipe common in the Azores and other areas of the country with an influence from Africa. It has a unique blend of flavors in a delicious sauce that is especially great with white rice, French fries, or Portuguese rolls to soak up the sauce. The chicken cubes are seared and then finish cooking in the sauce to bring all of the flavors together. This vibrant hot sauce is the same as used for shrimp Mozambique.

This is an easy dish that is sure to impress when you serve it for guests. The chicken is tender and in this delicious piri-piri sauce mixture with a unique blend of Portuguese spices and fresh garlic. This recipe is all about the sauce that the chicken is in. It is delicious and gorgeous and I love that it only uses one pan!

Easy Portuguese Chicken Mozambique in Serving Bowl

How to Make Easy Portuguese Chicken Mozambique

While the complete recipe details are available below, here are some tips to make this delicious Portuguese chicken recipe.

  • First, we will prepare our chicken. We will use a cut of white meat chicken such as boneless skinless chicken breasts. Cut the chicken into cubes and season lightly with salt and pepper. Set a large frying pan over medium heat and add your olive oil and tablespoons of butter. Melt butter and olive oil together, and place chicken in the frying pan to sear it. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove from the frying pan and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Now we will make our sauce! Add a diced medium onion and crushed garlic cloves to the pan and sauté onions and garlic. until they are softened and fragrant. Bring the heat back up to medium-high heat and add a teaspoon lemon juice and then pour half of a beer into the pan to deglaze the pan. You could also use dry white wine in place of the beer. Add chicken broth and two packets of Sazon Goya con Azafran seasoning to your sauce. Stir it all together and let it bubble. Once the sauce starts to reduce, stir in piri piri sauce and a little bit of crushed red pepper flakes. Add your chicken back to the sauce and let it cook while the sauce continues to reduce.

Serve on a serving platter in the sauce and topped with chopped fresh parsley or chopped cilantro. Add lemon quarters on the side for serving. This dish is also even better the next day! Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to three to five days. The Mozambique sauce gets absorbed by the chicken and rice to make the flavors even better for leftovers!

Easy Portuguese Chicken Mozambique in Serving Bowl

What is Sazon Goya con Azafran Seasoning?

Sazon Goya con Azafran is a unique seasoning blend that is popular in Latin cooking. You can find this in the Portuguese section of local supermarkets or at your nearest local Latin foods store. You could also order it on Amazon here. This seasoning is a key ingredient in this sauce and is what gives the dish its signature fiery color!

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Easy Portuguese Chicken Mozambique

This easy Portuguese chicken Mozambique is a great recipe for a weeknight dinner. This popular Portuguese dish is vibrant and bursting with flavor from its delicious sauce.

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 cup white onion, diced (approx. 1 medium)
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or full flavor beer
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 packets Sazon Goya con Azafran
  • 2 tbsp piri piri sauce
  • chopped cilantro or parsley for serving
  • lemon wedges for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add oil and melt butter together in the skillet. Add chicken and sear on each side until cooked through, approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside on a plate.
  2. Add onion and garlic to the skillet and sauté until onion is soft and garlic is fragrant, approximately 3 minutes. Add lemon juice, white wine, chicken broth, and Sazon Goya con Azafran. Stir together until the spices are well combined. As soon as the sauce starts to reduce, stir in the piri piri sauce and add the chicken back into the sauce. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, until the sauce has reduced and chicken is heated through.
  3. Serve in a large serving platter with the sauce, topped with chopped cilantro or parsley and lemon wedges. Enjoy!

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