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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bella0307's picture
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This was really easy and satisfyingly tasty with a complex, smokey flavour.
I used a mix of green and red peppers and, since I did not have chipotle paste (chipotles are smoked jalapeno chilis) I used, from a small can of chipotles in adobo sauce, two teaspoons of the sauce together with one half of a chili.
It turned out so flavourful, my husband and I really enjoyed it and I served it with plain rice and avocado on the side, to allow for my kids' picky taste as they won't eat quinoa ;) I added the beans directly to the stew.
Another option as a replacement for chipotle paste, if you don't have it, is to use smoked paprika together with dried red (chili) pepper flakes, this is a good combo that I have used in soups and it works very well.

mkoromila's picture
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This was tonight's dinner and it was yum! I'll definitely be cooking this again soon. I used ready cooked quinoa, I had in the cupboard, so it was even faster! Tasty, light meal.

rick34's picture

I as I have look through your recipes for ideas as I have to eat low fat food but moet are not that low can any one tell me why this is

p_austin's picture
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This chicken recipe was really tasty and very easy, just as good as take away & will definitely have this one again! We didn't make the quinoa & beans..... Had with rustic chips and bread to make it a Saturday night tea!

ajm177's picture
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Really easy and tastes fantastic

stellaq's picture
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Tried this tonight and it was absolutely lovely! Quick, simple and very , very tasty. I think we're going to make it one of our routines. Thanks so much! Ps, we found our chipotle paste and quinoa at Waitrose.

susiq_x's picture

***** Made this at the weekend - absolutely gorgeous, I did add oregano and garlic, which I think it needed, will definately be making again and recommending to friends.

morvvvv's picture
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Yummy yummy yummy. Added garlic and some mushrooms- very tastey!

lda09rlb's picture
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This is so yummy! I've never had quinoa before but it's a great alternative to rice & couscous. Didn't have chipotle paste but I used chilli, cajun seasoning, smoked paprika and a drizzle of lea & perrins for the smokiness and it actually tasted fantastic. Will definitely be making this again!

jellymouse's picture
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As I am veggie I used quorn chunks instead of chicken and the recipe was v well received by the family. I also used chick peas instead and they were great.

strongmansj's picture
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just making this now for two, but using 3 tbsp paste, we like it spicy. you definitely don't need the water, it would be far too runny in my opinion. just taste tested and it's good! added some green beans for crunch and extra veg, can't wait to eat the whole dish! added some lime zest to the quinoa as well just because it was there and I hate to waste anything. yummy!

laurawarner's picture
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Oh just realised I only used one can of tomatoes, not a problem!

laurawarner's picture
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Just made this for my partners dinner, I don't like smokey stuff it appears I am eating a big bowl of it as we speak!
It's delicious. I bought the chipotle paste from asda in a 100g jar, put it all in. I also put half a can of water in which was possibly still too much!

Beautiful!

faith78's picture
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Lovely flavour but I wouldn't add the water to the recipe as makes the sauce too thin. I would also add some tomato paste to thicken up. Apart from that very easy!

daniconnell's picture
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I am a massive fab of this dish - Chipotle was hard to get hold of here in Dubai, but I now get my local mexican restaurant to prep it for me.

Make this once a week - so easy you can do with your eyes closed.

netsa-boots's picture
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Quite healthy and full of flavour! However with 3 tablespoons of chipotle it wasn't anywhere near hot enough for me personally, although I understand most people don't like super spicy food. My mum adored it though and is very enthusiastic for me to cook again. Overall it was a very satisfying, healthy midweek meal.

mounses2's picture
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Lovely- cheap and tasty and easy to make. We cleaned out plates.

randomlight's picture
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oh (hic!) forgot to rate this!

randomlight's picture
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Highly recommend this dish! I used different beans and added garlic and a splash of red wine. Drank the remainder, as an accompaniment of course (hic!) Enjoy :)

randomlight's picture
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I'm looking forward to this! I have been drooling,nay salivating, reading the reviews of this recipe. I will my verdict...stay tuned.

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