Espeto de coração de galinha (Barbecued chicken heart skewers)

Espeto de coração de galinha (Barbecued chicken heart skewers)

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About this recipe: Chicken hearts (available at your local butchers) are marinated, skewered and cooked on the barbecue. This typical Brazilian barbecue dish is found in restaurants throughout the country.


Serves: 4 

  • 500g chicken hearts
  • 225ml soy sauce
  • 170ml beer
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated root ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon achiote powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 60g chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Mix all ingredients in a shallow glass dish or bowl. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for 4 hours.
  2. Assemble the chicken hearts on metal skewers, or bamboo skewers that have soaked in water for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Barbecue the skewers for 15 minutes, or until no longer pink in the centre, turning halfway through.

Annatto powder

Also called achiote powder, it can be found at Asian or Latin American shops and markets, or online. Annatto is mostly used for the vibrant colour it imparts, so in a pinch you could either omit it from the recipe or use equal parts paprika and turmeric instead.

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