Mexican chicken stew with quinoa & beans

Mexican chicken stew with quinoa & beans

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4 - 5
Spicy chicken casserole with a healthy superfood side dish of protein-rich quinoa

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving (5)

  • kcal336
  • fat6g
  • saturates0.9g
  • carbs34.7g
  • sugars15.8g
  • fibre4.1g
  • protein33.4g
  • salt2.1g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 onion, sliced



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  • 2 red pepper, deseeded and chopped into largish chunks
  • 3 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 4 skinless chicken breast
  • 140g quinoa



    Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a…

  • 2 chicken stock cube
  • 1 x 400g can pinto beans, drained
  • small bunch coriander, most chopped, a few leaves left whole
  • juice 1 lime



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  • 1 tbsp sugar



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  • natural yogurt, to serve


  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.

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Comments (131)

emilykyr's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

chris078's picture

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

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.

clairegracem's picture

Healthy and tastes good too. Never tried Quinoa before, and I really liked it. Left me feeling comfortably full, but not bloated full. Will definitely cook again.

elprice's picture

A simple, but tasty dish!

lindsaygiddings's picture

Brilliant dish, really enjoyed this. I only used two chicken breasts as they were massive. We had a generous portion each (two of us), and the rest is packed for lunch tomorrow. Loved the chipotle paste in it, lovely flavour. The lime on the quinoa really lifted the dish. 10/10!

cherrygogog's picture

Loved it. Used 2/3 can of chopped tomato as people suggested. thought it was a bit bland on the spice side so added bay leave during stewing. First time cooking Quinoa and it is so delicious!!!

Chicken strip turned out to be a bit chewy though...i think it might have been better if i cooked it a bit more as those were organic freerange chicken breasts so not the most tammed!

pennyclark's picture

This was a great hit last night with the adults and We really enjoyed the quinoa. I was feeding 4 adults and 3 kids, I used 6 chicken breasts, 3 tins of toms, red, yellow and green peppers and 3 tsp of chipotle paste. It was a little too spicy for the kids though


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