Mexican chicken stew with quinoa & beans

Mexican chicken stew with quinoa & beans

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4 - 5

Spicy chicken casserole with a healthy superfood side dish of protein-rich quinoa

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving (5)

kcalories
336
protein
33.4g
carbs
34.7g
fat
6g
saturates
0.9g
fibre
4.1g
sugar
15.8g
salt
2.1g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped into largish chunks
  • 3 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 140g quinoa
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 1 x 400g can pinto beans, drained
  • small bunch coriander, most chopped, a few leaves left whole
  • juice 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • natural yogurt, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and fry the onions and peppers for a few mins until softened. Stir in the chipotle paste for a minute, followed by the tomatoes. Add up to a tomato can-full of water to cover the chicken and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the chicken breasts and gently simmer, turning the chicken occasionally, for 20 mins until the chicken is cooked through.
  2. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil with the stock cubes. Add the quinoa and cook for 15 mins until tender, adding the beans for the final min. Drain well and stir in the coriander and lime juice, then check for seasoning before covering to keep warm.
  3. Lift the chicken out onto a board and shred each breast using two forks. Stir back into the tomato sauce with the sugar and season. Serve with the quinoa, scattering the stew with some coriander leaves just before dishing up and eating with a dollop of yogurt on the side.

Recipe from bbcgoodfood.com, January 2012

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samantha.jones's picture

DAMN TASTY

heatherjdw's picture

Made this dish for the first time loved it. Couldn't get pinto beans used chickpeas as someone else suggested and added less water. Will definitely make regularly.

sophiaeler's picture
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I made this last week and it was delicious, it might be my new favourite! It was my first time cooking Quinoa and the Quinoa, Lime and Beans was such a good combo.

fitzge01's picture
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Really easy to make and very tasty!

paintballdan's picture
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Easy to make, healthy and absolutely delicious. A hit with the family. Thanks.

emilykyr's picture
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Great easy recipe! And one you can mould and amend according to what you have in the fridge or cuboard!
I couldn't find the chipotle paste so used chopped Jalapenos and tomato and chilli puree (2 tbsl)

kerryw91's picture

This was so tasty! Especially adding the lime juice to the rice that really added some taste, loved it.

banshee89wraith's picture

I should love to hear what other vegetarians are doing and I think more of us need to show our food is not just salads.
I use chicken recipes a lot as they are perfectly interchangeable with quorn chunks.
The results are good with the mince but that is much better with enemas, cottage pies, Cornish pasties etc..

partygirlshell's picture
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This went down really well in our house. Both kids loved it, didn't put as much chipolte in to start, but dished out the kids then added more!
I also added tinned sweetcorn for some extra veg. We had some sour cream and chive on the side and also the kids dipped in some tortilla chips. Will defo make again yummy!

banshee89wraith's picture

For vegetarians may I suggest the substitution I enjoy. I use quorn pieces and, when cooked in the same way and times as chicken pieces become a natural alternative that most carnivores enjoy too.

mian8910's picture
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This is just amazing! It has a very earthy, deep, slightly hot flavour, which we love in our house. Well done Sarah Cook, it's just great! I've made it a few times now, and it turns out amazing all the time!

mindymoo62's picture
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I made this recipe with chunks of pork instead of chicken. It was really easy to make and tasted great! Yum! I never use the oil stated in recipes but use oil spray to fry the onions etc. I omitted the sugar and used chick peas instead of pinto beans. I also only used 2 teaspoons of the paste as it is really hot! Served with wild rice. Delicious and quick! Will definitely make again soon.

jrbdxb's picture
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YUM. Couldn't find whole pinto beans, so mixed in re-fried beans in the couscous and it was fantastic. Will 100% be making again.

poiuytrewq's picture
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Didn't have any chipotle paste so added thai red curry paste - a sort of thai/mex curry I suppose. Plus some extra tomatoes for flavour and green peppers for colour. Turned out great.

For those who found it watery I think there is a mistake in the ingredients/method. When it says two cans of tomatoes in the ingredients I think it means one can + the can of water. Or, if you prefer, two cans of tomatoes instead of the can of water for more flavour.

cyclingscott's picture
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Lovely dish. Really tasty, hearty meal. Pretty healthy too. If you're not a big fan of heat, you might want to put a bit less Chipotle paste in!

yvonnelove's picture
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Nice meal. I used kidney beans instead of pinto beans and also added yellow and green peppers. I followed some of the other advice and didn't add the additional water and I was glad I didn't - it would have been far too watery for me. WIll make again.

cookie777's picture
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Very nice stew but maybe a bit hot for some. We found that making the stew ahead of time and leaving it for the flavours to develop gave it a more subtle taste and removed some of the harshness.

helga61's picture
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Very tasty - chicken was so succulent and tasty. A bit on the spicy side but I'll just put in a bit less chipotle paste next time. Will be a regular on the menu!

erialcelyob's picture

It all turned out pretty successful - was easy to follow and easy to make. Turns out I wasn't much of a fan of this kind of food, but my Dad couldn't get enough of it and ate enough for the two of us!

terweeme's picture

Very, very good! A terrific recipe!
I used chicken thighs and for those of us making this in North America - I used pureed chipotles in adobo in place of the chipotle paste.
Thanks from a Brit expat in Canada.

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