Spicy Brazilian chicken, chorizo & bean stew – Nadia Graves

image14Spicy Brazilian chicken, chorizo & bean stew by Nadia Graves

Nadia says: “I have taken some liberties with this recipe. It is based on a traditional Brazilian stew as the base but I have tweaked it a bit here and there. The traditional Feijoada has as many versions as there are cooks, but in Brazil it almost always has black beans and always has a mixture of salted, smoked and fresh meats.  Some versions are a little spicy from the sausages, others much milder. Some people’s feijoada are thick “eat-it-with-a-fork” versions, others, more like a traditional stew. Either way it’s traditional to serve this stew with white rice.”

Spicy Brazilian chicken, chorizo & bean stew

Serves 6

3 tablespoons olive oil
6 to 8 chicken pieces (I used skinless thighs and drumsticks)
3 spicy sausages or chorizo cut into slices
6 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 large onions, chopped
2 red peppers, seeded and chopped
250 ml / 1 cup water
400 g / 14 oz can of mixed or black beans
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Small bunch of coriander / cilantro, chopped

In a large pot, heat the oil
Brown the chicken pieces on all sides
Remove the chicken and set aside
Sauté the chorizo, garlic, onions and red peppers for about 3 minutes
Do not allow them to brown
Add the tomato paste, paprika and cayenne pepper
Return the chicken to the pot
Add the water, cover and simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes
Add the beans and with the lid removed, continue to cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally
Add the cilantro

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Nadia Graves

Nadia Graves
I have always had a passion for food. Growing up in South Africa with a French mother who loved travel and was a great cook, I developed very early on a love for cooking and eating. I started off my career as a Chartered Accountant working in the accounting world, hospitality, and entertainment world before moving to Paris in my mid-twenties. This was heaven for a foodie like me, daily trips to my local market, glorious food everywhere.
While pregnant with my daughter, Nicole, now 22, I attended courses at Le Cordon Bleu. A few years later that included a stint in Copenhagen, London and back to Paris, my ex-husband, daughter and I moved to Los Angeles, for what we thought would be two years. Well, 17 years later a lot has happened. I changed careers to being an educator and worked in a private girl’s school, got divorced and then met the most wonderful man, my husband, Stuart. We married in January 2015. All the while, I continued my passion for cooking and food. Loving nothing more than trying out new recipes, experimenting in the kitchen and of course, eating. I have taught small group and private cooking lessons for 20 years now and as we embark on a new life in France in July 2015, I am so excited about the experiences awaiting us.
I look forward to discovering new foods and wines from every region of France and especially the Dordogne.
Food and life is about sharing and I can’t wait for you to join me in my adventures in my home and kitchen!

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