Recipe: Charlie's Churrasco Chicken (Brazilian Churrasco de Frango)

At Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy a couple of years ago, one of our themes for the week was Friendship Day (in fact, it really WAS Friendship Day).   I thought it would be fun for each of the kids to choose a country and then learn about it (in a fun way).    I was working without a net on this one (meaning nothing was prepared), as I had no idea which country they would pick.   In fact, the kids even figured out the best way to choose their country.  They threw Honey Nut Cheerios at a map until one landed in a country without touching any borders  (if you want to know why it was Honey Nut Cheerios, click here)

Much hilarity.

Once their countries were “chosen” (R.J. picked Iceland, Ben picked Sumatra and Charlie picked Brazil) we all did a bit of desk research.  We learned about the children, some of their games and we read folk tales from each of their countries (I had a couple of the books, and we found the others on line).

We also researched recipes from each country and found a recipe for each of the boys to make.  I’ll highlight R.J. and Ben’s later (all three recipes were great), but am going to give you Charlie’s recipe as it is a perfect recipe for the grill….and it’s finally nice out!!!

We had friends over the other night, and we served Charlie’s Chicken.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it (you really can’t believe how moist and tasty it is).  Of course, they are really nice people and might have said they liked it even if they didn’t.   But ….. there were no leftovers…….

As usual, I’ll take you through the process step by step but I’ll also include the recipe in pdf so you can download this to your computer if you wish.

Churrasco de Frango

Recipe: Charlie’s Churrasco Chicken

Even without his two front teeth (and no shirt), Charlie was an awesome chef. You can't see it, but the chicken is - quite literally - in the pot.


4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

8 Tbsp. olive oil

4 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

2 cups natural yogurt

2 cups grated parmesan cheese

4 each minced garlic clove


Combine the oil, lime juice and garlic.

Cut the chicken into 2 inch cubes.   Rub the chicken thoroughly with salt and soak it in the oil, lime juice and garlic mixture.  Let it marinate for 2 hours.

Place the chicken on a skewer.

Because we were going to put the chicken on the grill after our guests arrived, we skewered the chicken first and then marinated it in a baking dish. That way we only had to start the grill, and put the chicken on. I never had to put down my margarita!!

Baste the skewered chicken with yogurt

Be sure you brush the yogurt on all sides of the chicken

and sprinkle parmesan cheese over all.

Oops. I heaped it on a bit, but no worries. When I turned the skewers, the parmesan that had fallen off stuck to the other side.

Place the chicken on the grill and roast slowly.  Baste with oil during roasting.

Make it easy for everyone. Take the chicken off the skewers and serve it in a bowl.

Serve with white rice (although I prefer Rice Pilaf – I’ll give you the recipe in a few days)

Category: Camp, Cook, Friendship Day, Main Dish, What will we do today?
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(2) Comments and (1) Reply

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  2. asd | June 27, 2015 at 5:47 am | Reply
  3. Mestre do Churrasco | December 7, 2015 at 7:13 am | Reply

    Hi! It is a Great idea, children learning about different cultures and their foods, this is very good.

    Brazilian Churrasco is really very good.


    • jill | January 12, 2016 at 9:55 am | Reply

      I love love love Charlie’s Churrasco, and really love that the kids are so interested in trying so many things from so many cultures. Thanks for popping in! I can see why you found this page 😉 Have a great day!

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