Galinha a Avo com Masa – Grandmother’s Chicken with Pasta

This chicken and pasta recipe is a one pan dish that’s simple to prepare and cooks in under 1 hour. The chicken comes out tender, and full of flavor. Chose your favorite pasta such as ziti, elbows or even spaghetti to complete this comforting dish.


8-10 drumstick or thighs (skin removed if preferred)

8 oz. to 1 pound of your favorite pasta

1 large onions (chopped)

3 cloves garlic (chopped)

1 bay leaf (whole)

1 cup chopped ripe tomatoes

2 carrots (chopped)

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup white wine

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper (if desired)

2 cups chicken broth

2 cups water


Season chicken with spices and wine and let sit overnight or at least 1 hour in refrigerator.

Let chicken come to room temperature save any liquid from marinade. Brown on both sides in olive oil in a heavy dutch oven pan with a lid.

Add onion, garlic, bay leaf and carrots and stir well. Let cook for a few minutes to brown. Add the tomatoes and broth, cover and cook for about 25 minutes on medium heat.

Cook pasta as directed in package and add to the cooked chicken and cook for another 5-10 minutes or add water to the chicken, let come to a boil and add pasta. Stir well, cover and cook until pasta is cooked. Remove bay leaf. Remove any excess skin on chicken if desired and serve.