Galinha à africana

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Galinha à africana with fresh potato chips, as served near A-Ma Temple in Macau

Galinha à africana (Portuguese: [ɡɐˈɫĩɲaː.ɐfɾiˈkɐ̃nɐ], African-style chicken, often known just as frango assado (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfɾɐ̃ɡwɐˈsaðu], barbecued chicken, is a dish popular in Macau. It is a barbecued chicken coated with spicy piri piri sauce, which sometimes includes Asian ingredients such as coconut milk or peanuts.[1]

The cuisine of Macau, a former colony of Portugal has Portuguese, African and Asian influences. Grilled or roasted chicken, sometimes marinated or served with piri piri sauce, is a very common dish in Portugal and its former colonies, such as Brazil and Mozambique. In recent years, several fast food chains (such as Oporto and Nando's) selling flame-grilled chicken have been established in a number of countries.


Raimund Pichlmaier, president of the Macau Culinary Association, says the dish was created "by a chef named Americo Angelo, who worked at a small hotel called Pousada de Macau. Mr. Angelo was inspired, says Mr. Pichlmaier, by a trip to one of the former Portuguese colonies in Africa."[1]

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  1. ^ a b Yu, Jessica (Feb 29, 2008). "The Dish: African Chicken". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved Oct 21, 2017.