Recipe Goan Chicken Cafreal

Goan Chicken Cafreal

Portuguese inspired Goan Chicken Cafreal is rustic, spicy and flavorful all at the same time.
Course Main Course
Cuisine goan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 serving
Author Rupal


  • 500 gms chicken (preferably use thighs with bone in)
  • 2 Potatoes (chopped lengthwise like wedges)
  • 2 Onions (sliced into rings)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp raw brown sugar

Marinade (Grind to Paste):

  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger paste
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic paste
  • 7-10 Peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (whole)
  • 1 tsp turmeric Powder
  • 1.5 tsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tsp tsp vinegar
  • to taste salt


  1. Once the chicken is cleaned, add slits on it that would ensure the marinade paste permeates nicely.
  2. Ingredients listed under marinade to be ground to a fine paste. Ideally, marinate and store the chicken and potatoes overnight. If in a rush, marinate and set aside in the fridge for an hour.
  3. Pan- sear the potatoes (remove all excess spice paste) with a mix of butter and oil. Ensure they seared on both sides and then cover to cook until 90% of the way done.
  4. In the same pan, add butter. Once it starts to melt, add the chicken thighs on the pan and let them cook in the butter. Do not cover the pan. The chicken needs to cook quickly and brown.
  5. Once the chicken has browned on both sides, cover and cook until 90% done.
  6. Then add the remaining marinade, potatoes, onion rings, salt and sugar. Adjust salt as necessary.