Portuguese Mains, Veganised traditional Portuguese dishes

guisado sem galinha (no chikn’ pasta stew)

My mum used to make ‘galinha guisada’ (chicken stew) very often for Sunday lunch. Even though it meant some poor chick was sacrificed, thinking about it bring back good memories of back then, happy moments with both my sisters. This is a vegan version of it and is simple and tastes super nice. I don’t often use shop bought meat substitutes but once in a while, why not? I used tesco own brand chicken style pieces, but there’s plenty others out there, in the UK and elsewhere.

type: main

time: 20 minutes

Difficulty: 1 pan

Serves: 2-3

What you need:

1 bag chicken style pieces (about 250g)

250g fusilli pasta

1/2 can chopped tomatoes (or 1/2 cup fresh ones)

1 small onion, chopped

2 tbsp oilive oil

1 garlic cove, minced

1 tsp boullion powder

1 small red pepper, chopped

1 handful chopped parsley

salt and pepper to taste


knife and chopping board

large pan


Heat olive oil in a large pan and fry the onion and garlic until golden brown;

Add pepper chunks, chikn’ pieces, bullion powder and mix well; let it cook for another couple of minutes;

Add chopped tomatoes and cook for another few minutes, mixing well;

Add pasta and enough water to cover everything- let it simmer until pasta is cooked through (about 15-20 minutes);

Once cooked, add a handful of chopped parsley, salt (if using) and pepper to taste, mix and serve while hot.


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