Xim Xim Chicken (Xim-Xim De Galinha)

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1⁄4cupdry roasted peanuts (ground)
1⁄4cupcooked chestnuts (ground - or ground roasted cashews)
2tablespoonground dried and salted shrimp
1⁄2cupcoconut oil
3poundwhole chicken (cut into serving pieces)
1⁄2cuponions (minced)
1teaspoongarlic (minced)
1 1⁄4cupcoconut milk
  salt and cayenne pepper (to taste)
  chopped fresh cilantro, or fresh parsley, for garnish


Grind together the peanuts, chestnuts (or cashews), and dried shrimp in a blender or food processor until well combined. Set aside.

Heat oil in large heavy skillet over medium-high heat until a light haze forms over it. Fry chicken pieces for about 25 minutes in hot oil, turning to cook and brown evenly. Remove chicken, drain, and cool. When cool, tear meat off the bones, shred, and set it aside. Discard skin and bones.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pan. Sauté onions and garlic briefly until translucent. Pour in coconut milk and ground nuts and shrimp. Stir and gently boil 3 or 4 minutes until sauce starts to thicken. Lower heat, add shredded chicken, salt, and cayenne pepper to taste. Cover the pan and simmer 10 minutes longer to blend the flavors.

Serve on steamed or boiled white rice, garnished with a tablespoon of chopped cilantro or parsley.


Although this recipe calls for chestnuts, cashews seemed be to more popular – or common dash for this recipe.

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