As mentioned before, my husband and his family are all 100% Portuguese, coming from the Azores Islands. Since I had first starting dating my now-husband, some 9 years ago, I have had several Portuguese dishes. These meals I would categorize as “comfort foods.” Most meals feature meat and potatoes. Every Christmas Eve we have bocalao, at BBQ’s we have Portuguese baked beans, and every once in awhile we may have Galinha Guisada for a family lunch.
Galinha Guisada is quite easy to make and inexpensive. Made with chicken legs or thighs and chicken stock, you get the important nutrients and collagen from the bone marrow. Want to learn more about the benefits of stock and how to make it? Visit Weston A. Price Foundation’s article on broth.
Instead of using your homemade chicken broth for chicken soup, save it for Galinha Guisada!
The following recipe has been Americanized a bit (I use Italian seasonings and garlic powder and skip the bay leaf).
- 1 white or yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 2-3 carrots, cut into thick discs or spears
- 1-2 cups red, yukon gold, or sweet potatoes, cut into thick pieces
- 6-8 drumsticks or thighs
- 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 3-5+ cups chicken broth or water (or a combination of both)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- Olive oil for pan
- Season chicken pieces with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper
- In a large sauce pot, saute onions and garlic with a little olive oil until they start to become fragrant and translucent
- Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat olive oil and brown chicken pieces
- Place chicken pieces in pot with onions and garlic and saute for an additional two minutes
- Add tomato sauce and enough liquid to cover chicken
- Cover and simmer about 15-20 minutes
- Add carrots and potatoes and more liquid if needed, simmer another 20 or so minutes until potatoes and carrots are fork tender
- Serve in a bowl and enjoy! (My husband loves this dish served with a crusty Portuguese Roll – Papo Seco)
Alternative Crockpot Recipe without root vegetables:
- Brown seasoned chicken with onions and garlic and place in crock pot
- Add tomato sauce and about 1-2 cups of broth
- Let cook on low for 6-8 hours