Chicken in Beer/Frango com Cerveja

This is a common domestic recipe which produces a tasty and hearty chicken stew often served with boiled white rice or potato purée. Using jointed chicken with pieces on the bone adds to the taste but you can use breast pieces though only cook them for 15 minutes in the sauce after browned. Needless to say that you should use the best chicken you can afford for best results. A potato and celeriac purée complements the sweetness of this dish perfectly. Almost as good as the dish itself are the leftovers of boned chicken pieces which can be used to make excellent chicken pies (empadas de frango)!

Chicken in Beer

1 small chicken or a combination of chicken thighs, drumsticks and wings
1 25cl bottle of beer (normally lager, Super Bock if you must, though a light ale works well too)
1 finely chopped onion
2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp of rapeseed oil or vegetable oil
2 bay leaves
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tbsp of fresh thyme or 1 tsp of dried thyme
White pepper and salt
Flour for dusting

1.    Joint the chicken if using a whole one. Lightly salt each piece with seas salt and coat in seasoned flour (plain flour, white pepper and a little table salt). The most efficient, clean and elegant way of doing this is by putting the seasoned flour in a plastic bag (e.g. Freezer bag) and then putting the pieces of chicken (4 or 5 at a time) in the bag and shaking it (holding it closed…). Remove each piece and tap against your hand inside the bag to remove excess flour. You should get all the chicken pieces just lightly coated with the flour and place them on a clean board.
2.    Heat a casserole dish which can accommodate all the chicken and add a tablespoon of rapeseed or vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, brown all the pieces of chicken in batches making sure the pieces with skin get a nice colour. Keep on a warm plate.
3.    Remove any excess fat from the casserole (but keep all the bits stuck to the bottom) and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Gently fry the onion with the bay leaves, then add the garlic and finally the paprika and the thyme
4.    Return the chicken pieces on the bone to the casserole and add the beer (if using pieces of breast add them 15 minutes later). Bring to boil and the reduce the heat to a simmering temperature. Cook for 30 minutes or until cooked (meat should fall off the bone) taste, check seasoning and serve.
5.    Serve with a simple white rice or a potato and celeriac purée with steamed greens tossed in garlic and butter.

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Pedro Rebelo

Pedro is a composer, sound artist and performer. In 2002, he was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh where he conducted research in both music and architecture. Pedro has recently led participatory projects involving communities in Belfast, favelas in Maré, Rio de Janeiro, travelling communities in Portugal and a slum town in Mozambique. This work has resulted in sound art exhibitions at venues such as the Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, Centro Cultural Português Maputo, Espaço Ecco in Brasilia and Parque Lage and Museu da Maré in Rio, Museu Nacional Grão Vasco and MAC Nitéroi. His music has been presented in venues such as the Melbourne Recital Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ars Electronica, Casa da Música, and in events such as Weimarer Frühjahrstage fur zeitgenössische Musik, Wien Modern Festival, Cynetart and Música Viva. His work as a pianist and improvisor has been released by Creative Source Recordings and he has collaborated with musicians such as Chris Brown, Mark Applebaum, Carlos Zingaro, Evan Parker and Pauline Oliveros as well as artists such as Suzanne Lacy. His writings reflect his approach to design and creative practice in a wider understanding of contemporary culture and emerging technologies. Pedro has been Visiting Professor at Stanford University (2007), senior visiting professor at UFRJ, Brazil (2014) and Collaborating Researcher at INEM-md Universidade Nova, Lisboa (2016). He has been Music Chair for international conferences such as ICMC 2008, SMC 2009, ISMIR 2012 and has been invited keynote speaker at ANPPOM 2017, ISEA 2017, CCMMR 2016 and EMS 2013. At Queen's University Belfast, he has held posts as Director of Education, Director of Research and Head of School. In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Sonic Arts at Queen's and awarded the Northern Bank's "Building Tomorrow's Belfast" prize. He has recently been awarded two major grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council including the interdisciplinary project “Sounding Conflict”, investigating relationships between sound, music and conflict situations. Ongoing research interests include immersive sound design and augmented listening experiences. Pedro has been appointed Director of the Sonic Arts Research Centre in 2021.

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