Canja de galinha - chicken soup

Ingredients List

  • 1 whole chicken (with giblets)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrot diced into cubes (optional)
  • 4 liters of chicken or veg stock
  • 4 boiled eggs (make when serving, 1 per person)
  • 160g of rice or pasta
  • salt to taste


  1. put the stock in a large a sauce pan
  2. chop up the onion, garlic and carrots add to the pan
  3. put in the whole chicken
  4. bring the soup up to a boil
  5. reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour
  6. after an hour, pull out the chicken and let rest/cool for 10-20 min (can turn the head off on the soup here)
  7. season the soup to taste
  8. remove the skin and bones from the chicken and discard
  9. wash the rice, add to the soup then cook for 10 minutes (now is a good time to do the eggs)
  10. shred the chicken and once the rice is cooked add to the soup
  11. The soup should be cloudy and watery
  12. to serve, dice up the egg and mix through the soup

Notes & thoughts

This is based on a traditional Portuguese recipe, that is great for when you have an upset stomach. From what I hear this tastes like Porto.