The Coxinha is a popular Brazilian snack, also popular in Portugal. It is made from shredded chicken and spices (occasionally including Catupiry-style cheese), enclosed in wheat flour—variants made from potato or manioc are also common--batter, and deep fried.
It is shaped to roughly resemble a chicken drumstick, and sometimes a toothpick is inserted where the bone would be. Coxinhas were originally made with a chicken thigh, thus the origin of its traditional shape. The batter used to make the dough is often prepared with the broth of the chicken, enhancing the flavor of the dough.

Coxinha literally means "little thigh", and it is how chicken drumsticks are known in Brazil.

Shaped like a fat teardrop, this cooked dough is first dipped in beaten egg, then breadcrumbs, then fried. Inside is a pocket of seasoned shredded chicken with usually diced onion and sliced olives. Coxinha is best eaten hot or warm with a drop of tobasco sauce for each yummy bite.

Different variations of the original are becoming more prevalent today - for example the Coxinha Mineira, filled with corn and seasoning, named so because corn is more commonly eaten in the state of Minas Gerais.

Coxa Creme

The Coxa Creme is the originator of the coxinha. It is an actual chicken drumstick, enclosed in batter and deep fried.
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