Mozambican Frango (chicken) a Zambeziana

Galinha Zambeziana is a mouthwatering African dish consisting of marinated chicken basted and grilled to perfection. The chicken is marinated in a tangy lemon and creamy coconut sauce for two hours before being grilled on a braai. The dish is served with coconut rice and a delicious sauce made from the leftover marinade. The perfect combination of flavors and textures will leave your taste buds craving more.

Prep Time: 120 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Total Time: 2 hrs 45 mins

Servings: 1 person

Cooking method: Boil, Fry

Cuisine: Southern Africa



Combine lemon juice, coconut milk, garlic, chillies and salt in a large dish.

Add the chicken to the marinade and make sure the whole chicken is well covered with lemon and coconut sauce.

Set the chicken aside for 2 hours at room temperature, turning it over every 30 minutes and basting.

Place chicken on the braai and baste it.

Turn the chicken every 10 minutes and add more basting.

Chicken is ready when you pierce it and
clear juice trickles out. If it’s still pink, chicken isn’t ready.

Create a sauce from the leftover coconut and lemon marinade by thickening it on the stove and serve with the coconut rice.


Wash the rice in cold water.

Add rice, Coconut Milk, Water to a pot and bring to boil on med-high heat.

Stir occasionally.

Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot.

Allow simmering until all the liquid has been reduced completely.

Remove from heat, use a fork to puff up the rice and let the rice stand covered for 15 minutes.

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