Grilled Chicken Salpicao Recipe Made Easy (and Yummy)

Are you looking for a delicious grilled chicken recipe that will leave your guests begging for seconds? Look no further than this Brazilian-inspired Chicken Salpicao recipe.

Full of flavor and with a perfect balance of tangy and savory, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your summer barbecue rotation. And the best part? It’s incredibly easy to make.

As an assistant for a BBQ chef, I’ve seen my fair share of chicken recipes. But nothing compares to the mouth-watering combination of ingredients in this Chicken Salpicao.

So fire up that grill and get ready to impress your friends and family with a dish that will transport them to the vibrant streets of Brazil. Trust me, once you try this recipe, it will quickly become a staple in your summertime cookouts.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Grilled Chicken Salpicao
Grilled Chicken Salpicao

There are countless reasons why you are going to love this grilled chicken salpicao recipe, and I’ll do my best to convince you. For starters, it’s the perfect blend of Brazilian and American flavors, guaranteed to transport your taste buds to a whole new level. This dish packs a punch of flavor, with juicy and tender chicken breast fillet marinated in garlic, Worcestershire sauce, ground pepper, and olive oil before being grilled to perfection.

Not only is this recipe delicious and flavorful, but it’s also incredibly easy to prepare. With just a few key ingredients and minimal prep time, you’ll have a mouthwatering salad ready in no time. All you need are some green beans, cubed tomatoes, oyster sauce, and liquid seasoning Knorr to take this dish to the next level.

If you’re looking for a dish that is not only delicious but also healthy and satisfying, then look no further than this grilled chicken salpicao. This salad can be enjoyed as a main course or as a side dish depending on your preference. With low-fat chicken breasts packed with protein and fresh vegetables to add fiber and vitamins to your meal, this recipe will have you enjoying healthy eating without even realizing it.

What’s more? This recipe is extremely versatile. You can modify it in countless ways depending on your preferences or dietary restrictions. The recipe can be easily adjusted to cater to those on vegan or gluten-free diets by swapping out ingredients for suitable substitutions.

Finally, if you’re a fan of BBQ parties or like hosting dinners with friends and family outdoors, then there’s nothing better than serving up grilled chicken salpicao as the centerpiece of your dinner table. Impress your guests with your knowledge of exotic recipes while also keeping their bellies full and satisfied.

So in summary, whether you’re seeking flavor-packed dishes that combine Brazilian and American culinary cultures or just looking for something healthy yet hearty for lunch or dinner – Grilled Chicken Salpicao is the answer to all your cravings!

Ingredient List

 The juicy and flavorful Grilled Chicken Salpicao
The juicy and flavorful Grilled Chicken Salpicao

The Ingredients You Need:

  • 2 chicken breast fillets, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup liquid seasoning (e.g. Knorr)
  • 1 can of green beans, drained and cubed
  • Tomato sauce for serving

This recipe for grilled chicken salpicao is a great way to turn plain chicken breasts into something savory and satisfying. Most of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry, so let’s get started!

The Recipe How-To

Now, let’s get to the exciting part of this Grilled Chicken Salpicao recipe! With just a few simple steps, you’ll be able to whip up a delectable dish that is bursting with flavor in no time.

Step 1: Preparing the chicken breast fillet

Start by washing and patting dry the chicken breast fillet. Cut it into small cubes, roughly one-inch in size.

Step 2: Marinating the chicken

In a bowl, mix together ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, 3 tablespoons chopped garlic, 1 drained can of green beans, 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 cup liquid seasoning knorr. Add the cubed chicken into the mixture and make sure each piece is well coated with the marinade.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors of the marinade to seep through. You can also marinate the chicken overnight for an even tastier dish!

Step 3: Grilling the chicken

Prepare your grill by preheating it on medium-high heat. Take out the marinated chicken from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Drizzle some olive oil over the marinated chicken and start grilling. This should take around 5-7 minutes per side or until the chicken is nicely browned.

Step 4: Making the Salpicao mixture

Next, heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons of chopped garlic, stir fry for a few seconds before adding in the grilled chicken mixture. Stir-fry for a few minutes until your salpicao is hot and fully cooked.

At this point you can add any additional ingredients such as cooked bacon, carrots, or even mushroom to give your dish some extra depth of flavor.

Step 5: Serving

Transfer your grilled chicken salpicao on a plate and serve hot alongside rice or bread if desired. Enjoy your delicious meal!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect balance of garlicky and tangy taste
The perfect balance of garlicky and tangy taste

One of the wonderful things about this grilled chicken salpicao recipe is how versatile it is. You can make minor ingredient substitutions without impacting the overall flavor profile of the dish. Here are a few suggestions that allow for customization of your chicken salad:

– Protein Switch: While this recipe calls for chicken breast fillets, you can substitute with beef or pork, and still be able to enjoy the traditional Brazilian flavor. For those who don’t eat meat, extra-firm tofu or seitan could work as well.

– Sauce Substitutions: This recipe uses Worcestershire sauce and liquid seasoning Knorr as the base of its marinade. However, teriyaki sauce and oyster sauce are good alternatives. If you prefer a vegetarian option, try using soy sauce instead.

– Spice It Up/Down: You can adjust the level of heat in your chicken salpicao by adding more or less garlic and black pepper. For those who love spicy food, adding some hot sauce will definitely add more kick to the flavor.

– Veggie Options: Feel free to add or substitute green beans with sliced bell peppers or finely chopped carrots, if you want to add even more color to your chicken salad. If you are looking to add more bulk, you could also consider adding some sliced potatoes.

One final tip when it comes to substitutions and variations in this grilled chicken salpicao recipe is to experiment with combining different ingredients until you find a version that really sings for your palate. So let your creativity flow and enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

 A scrumptious and healthy option for your BBQ night
A scrumptious and healthy option for your BBQ night

Once your grilled chicken salpicao is ready, it’s time to serve and enjoy! This dish can be served as a flavorful and satisfying main course, or as a hearty side dish that complements a larger meal.

If serving as a main course, I recommend pairing this chicken salpicao with plain white rice. The rice will soak up the flavorful juices from the chicken, making for an even more satisfying meal. You can also add some greens on the side – green beans or steamed broccoli would make great options.

For a lighter option, try serving this chicken salpicao in lettuce cups or over a bed of spinach or mixed greens. The fresh greens will complement the rich, savory flavors of the chicken salpicao nicely.

For those who prefer more sauce, try adding some tomato sauce or oyster sauce on top of the chicken salpicao before serving. The sweetness and tanginess of these sauces will complement the umami flavors of the Worcestershire and liquid seasoning nicely.

Lastly, I recommend serving this dish with a cold drink to wash it all down. A glass of lemonade or iced tea would make for a refreshing pairing with this flavorful chicken dish.

Overall, grilled chicken salpicao is an incredibly versatile dish that can be paired with various sides and drinks to suit different tastes and preferences. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Grilled to perfection, this dish will leave you wanting more
Grilled to perfection, this dish will leave you wanting more

The great thing about this Grilled Chicken Salpicao Recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and store it easily. However, there are certain ways to ensure the best results.

To make-ahead, simply marinate the chicken mixture in the fridge for at least 30 minutes up to four hours before grilling. This will allow the flavors to meld together and create an even more delicious dish.

After grilling, let the chicken cool to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container. This will keep the chicken fresh for up to three days in the refrigerator.

When reheating, avoid using the microwave as this can cause the chicken to become dry and lose its flavor. Instead, reheat in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil over low heat until heated through. This will keep the chicken juicy and flavorful.

It’s also possible to freeze this dish for later use. To do this, let the chicken cool completely after grilling and then store in an airtight container or freezer bags for up to two months. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and follow reheating instructions above.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy this Brazilian Chicken Salad recipe anytime you like!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A sure crowd-pleaser, it's time to impress your guests
A sure crowd-pleaser, it’s time to impress your guests

To make the perfect grilled chicken salpicao, there a few tips you should keep in mind. Here are some expert tips that will take your Brazilian chicken salad recipe to the next level:

1. Marinate the Chicken Breast Fillet

Marinating the chicken breast fillet helps to infuse the meat with flavor, and it also helps to keep them juicy and tender. The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavorful it will be. I recommend marinating for at least 30 minutes or leaving it overnight.

2. Don’t Overcook Chicken Breast Fillet

Overcooked chicken breast is dry, rubbery, and unpleasant to eat. Grill the chicken until they are just cooked through – when they reach an internal temperature of 165°F/ 74°C. Use a thermometer to check if you’re unsure.

3. Use High Heat

Grilling over high heat will give your chicken a nice char while locking in the juices. You want to cook the chicken quickly to avoid drying it out while still ensuring it’s safe to consume.

4. Let the Chicken Rest

Once you’ve finished grilling your chicken, let it rest for a few minutes before slicing it. This allows for the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, making it moist and flavorful.

5. Use Fresh Ingredients

Fresh ingredients can significantly enhance the taste of your grilled chicken salpicao. Use fresh garlic and quality Worcestershire sauce to create a depth of flavor that will make the dish stand out.

By following these tips, you can make sure your Brazilian chicken salad recipe is a hit every time!


Before we wrap up this article, let’s address some of the most frequently asked questions about this grilled chicken salpicao recipe. From ingredient substitutions to cooking methods, we’ll provide you with answers that could help you achieve the perfect outcome for your dish. Keep reading to find out more!

What is Salpicao made of?

If you’re in the mood for a scrumptious beef stir-fry dish that’s both easy to whip up and packed with flavor, then beef salpicao might just be what you’re looking for. The dish features a delightful blend of Worcestershire, butter, garlic, and red chili pepper flakes that come together to create a mouthwatering culinary experience. It’s versatile enough to be served as both an appetizer or main dish, making it perfect for any occasion. So if you’re ready to take your taste buds on a flavorful journey, get in the kitchen and give this recipe a try!

What is the meaning of Salpicao?

Salpicao is a mouth-watering sausage that is widely enjoyed in Portugal. This classic delicacy is prepared using a diverse range of ingredients such as pork shovels, bacon, ground pepper, wine, salt, spices, and preservatives.

How do I grill chicken?

As your BBQ assistant, I’ve got some tips and tricks to help you make the most finger-lickin’ chicken breasts you’ve ever tasted! First things first, let’s talk about brining. In order to maximize the juiciness and flavor of the chicken, we’re going to make a simple saltwater mixture to soak the chicken in. Whisk the salt into the water until it’s completely dissolved, then add your chicken breasts to the bowl.

Next up, it’s time to prepare your grill. We want to create different temperature zones to ensure that the chicken gets cooked evenly without drying out. To do this, set up your grill so that one side has higher, direct heat, while the other side is cooler. This gives us the flexibility to sear the chicken quickly over high heat, then move it to the cooler side to finish cooking more gently.

Now that the grill is ready to roll, let’s get the chicken seasoned up! Brush each chicken breast with some oil and sprinkle on a generous amount of paprika. The oil ensures that the seasoning sticks to the chicken and helps prevent it from sticking to the grill grates.

Time to grill the chicken! Place the chicken breasts onto the hot side of the grill and let them cook for about 2-3 minutes per side. You’ll know they’re ready to flip when they easily release from the grill grates. Once you’ve flipped them over, move them to the cooler side of the grill and let them cook for another 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken. Keep an eye on them to prevent them from overcooking and drying out.

Last but not least, once the chicken is cooked through, give it a quick rest on a cutting board or plate for a few minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in juicy, tender chicken that is full of flavor. Serve the chicken breasts up with your favorite sides and enjoy a delicious meal fresh from the grill!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy grilled chicken, then give this Brazilian-style chicken salpicao recipe a try. With its flavorful mix of garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and other tasty ingredients, this dish is sure to delight your taste buds and provide you with a delicious and healthy meal. So the next time you fire up the grill or just want to try something new in the kitchen, don’t hesitate to whip up a batch of this amazing grilled chicken salpicao recipe. Your friends and family will thank you for it!

Grilled Chicken Salpicao

Grilled Chicken Salpicao Recipe

This is from GOOD HOUSEKEEPING’s easy everyday meals volume 6. I’ve tried this several times and it goes well with rice or some warm crispy potato slices. You can get the liquid seasoning from specialty stores or any Asian grocery. Hope you enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Calories 165.2 kcal


  • 1/2 kg chicken breast fillet
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup liquid seasoning (Knorr or Maggi)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon juice (orange or lemon or anything you have at hand)
  • salt and pepper


  • Marinate the chicken in a mixture of the remaining ingredients for atleast 20 minutes or longer. Add more chopped garlic to coat all the chicken.
  • Grill or Pan-fry until done.
  • Serve with blanched mixed vegetables and rice or warm potato salad.



Serving: 148gCalories: 165.2kcalCarbohydrates: 5.4gProtein: 26.9gFat: 3.3gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 314.5mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1.8g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Asian, Easy, Filipino, Lunch
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Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.