Brazilian Chicken Stew (Galinha Ensopada)


An addictive chicken dish using chicken thighs. The secret is the little bit of sugar used in the browning stage. This recipe is very versatile. You like tomatoes? Add more. You want it thicker or thinner? Adjust the amount of broth. You are in control of your own dinner destiny.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • ½ (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, or more to taste

  • 1 cup chicken broth, or more as needed


  1. Heat oil in a deep skillet over low heat. Sprinkle sugar over the bottom. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper; cook in batches until browned, about 5 minutes per side.

  2. Transfer browned chicken to a plate. Remove skin.

  3. Cook onion in the same skillet until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes. Return chicken to the skillet. Pour in enough broth to cover the chicken halfway. Simmer, partially covered, until chicken is tender and no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour.

Cook's Notes:

Skinless, boneless chicken thighs work well too.

Chicken can be simmered with onion and tomatoes in a slow cooker instead of the skillet in step 3.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

425 Calories
26g Fat
9g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 2174mg 95%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 383mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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