Frango com Cerveja (Fried Chicken with a Beer Marinade)

This is an awesome recipe for Frango com cerveja, or fried chicken with a beer marinade. While this recipe is not as popular or traditional as some others in Portuguese cuisine, it really exemplifies the Portuguese way of utilizing whatever ingredients available to make a tasty dish. The ingredients are fairly simple as well as the directions, and you are able to adjust for the amount of beer marinade as you please to taste. So try it out, and tell us what you think, we are sure you will love it!

1 chicken
4 carrots
2 onions
Beer (Can use most regular beers, not light)
3-4 cloves garlic
1 chicken stock cube
Bread crumbs
Salt and pepper

1) Place the jointed chicken, chopped carrots, onions and crushed garlic into a saucepan together with the
stock cube and enough beer to cover.
2) Simmer until the chicken is tender, approximately 1/2 to 3/4 hour.
3) Remove the chicken and reserve stock.
4) Roll the chicken pieces in seasoned breadcrumbs and fry in deep hot oil until golden brown.
5) Puree the vegetable stock to form a sauce, and return to the saucepan and reheat.
6) Thicken with a little cornflour if necessary.
7) Pour over the chicken and serve with rice, enjoy!


  1. Branco

    When I tried this it tasted totally bitter why is that? I used two different beers, one alcohol free. It looked really good but where did the bitter taste come from?

    • Pbicudo1

      It is likely because of the non – alcoholic beer, you should use a regular non light beer for this, preferrably a Portuguese one like Sagres or like Especial or a similar non Portuguese beer like those.

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