Gallinita Picha’i – Paraguay’s Story behind Good Luck in Love and Money
December 16, 2022
Gallinita pichai is a traditional Paraguayan dish made with a small chicken. The chicken is often slow-cooked with a variety of ingredients, including onions, garlic, bell peppers, and spices, to create a flavorful and tender dish. It is typically served with rice and vegetables on the side.

Gallinita pichai is a popular dish in Paraguay, especially for special occasions or gatherings with friends and family. It is known for its rich, savory flavor and is often enjoyed as a comfort food in the country.

History behind “The Story of the Lucky Chickens Picha’i”
The Itenean potter Marciana Rojas (died in March 2018 at the age of 89) was known for being the creator of the lucky chicken, which earned her world recognition.

Coming from a family of potters in the city of Itá, she learned the trade from a young age. The artist revealed – in one opportunity – that she created the lucky chicken after ordering the Virgin of Caacupé so that her family wouldn’t lack bread. In life, the artist molded various figures, such as jugs, canisters, plates, among others.

Over time, the piece of the lucky chicken became an icon of Paraguayan craftsmanship, to the point that artisans from various localities continue to play this work of great acceptance by the public.
“The famous chicken of luck and love represented Paraguay in international fairs for many years,” said Ysanne Gayet, cultural manager.

As Mrs. Marciana said the whites are for love and the black ones to have luck at work