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



Serves 4 - 5

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

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  • 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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  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, January 2012

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Billybird's picture

Loved it! Used berlotti beans as suggested below as couldn't get pinto. Chipotle paste was a tad expensive as 3tbsp was nearly the whole jar - but will look in bigger supermarkets. But all in all definitely worth it, very very tasty

bluepromo01's picture

I love mexican food specially the buritos and tacos with shreded bacon and beef. I hope i can do it with my own. great recipe...newegg coupons

Carolscott500's picture

Loved this recipe. Easy to change the spice level, simple to cook and loved by the whole table. Also made delicious leftovers

littleminx07's picture

...forgot to say, I used borlotti beans instead of pinto, worked perfectly!

littleminx07's picture

Made this tonight and absolutely loved it!! The quinoa & beans combo was a big surprise - never tried quinoa before & to be honest didn't fancy it much, even when it was in the pan - really, really good... will definitely be making this one again :)

chickenbum's picture

This dinner is absolutely delicious! So quick & easy yet bursting with favour. Definitely a new favourite in our house.

alibeefree's picture

Went down really well, very nice and easy too. struggled a bit to get chipotle paste and pinto beans, need to be a larger store or Waitrose for these.

janer0binson's picture
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We all loved this. I replaced pinto beans with a tin of mixed beans (as that's all I had handy) & it was delicious & filling.

sarahigham1's picture
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I add a tablespoon of smoked paprika and some tomatoe puree aswell,i leave out the sugar and use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast, but cook them in the oven first then shread them and then add them to the sauce. Great tea time recipe. Goes great with cous cous :)

Cliffasaurus's picture

I followed the recipe but substituted one pepper for a sweet pointed pepper and left out the sugar. Absolutely delicious.

fiona_25's picture

Very tasty dish....easy to make. Will become a regular in our house

jamesgss's picture

very nice. could not find chipotle paste so a bit bland - imagine that would make it a 5 star recipe.

didn't add the sugar either

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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..