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

  • Freezable

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

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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.

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Comments (128)

lda09rlb's picture

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

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

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

Oh just realised I only used one can of tomatoes, not a problem!

laurawarner's picture

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!


faith78's picture

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

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

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

Lovely- cheap and tasty and easy to make. We cleaned out plates.

randomlight's picture

oh (hic!) forgot to rate this!

randomlight's picture

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

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

chazman's picture

This is not healthy.

theget's picture

I have made this dish a couple of times and it is easy to do and delicious. The second time I added whole chilles to give it that extra kick. YUM YUM

livlu1710's picture

So delicious! I added fennel as well. This dish has become a regular as everyone seem to love it!

noprawns's picture

made this tonight - was delicious but no idea how it was worked out to 336 calories.. mine came in at around 490cals and i didnt use the olive oil just spray oil?

lenbag's picture

Absolutely spot on. I’m on a fat loss programme and this fitted the bill perfectly, really low fat and low cal. who says eating healthy is boring

octavalent's picture

Kudos to Peter Joseph who, it would appear, chucked the whole jar of the paste in. I was a bit liberal with the teaspoon and bunged slightly more than several heaped teaspoons in. It does have a kick to it. Don't lick the teaspoon by the way, unless you like a really hot mouth. Eventually found the paste in Waitrose; its a different world. '10 items or fewer', says it all really. Very nice combination of flavours. I might be less enthusiastic with the teaspoon next time. But there will definitely be a next time.

jecurley's picture

Have to question the amount of chipotle. Having used before I adjusted and use 3 tsps (and was halving the recipe for two) found this very hot, would go for 2 tsps next time. The yoghurt was needed (a lot!!) that said I enjoyed it and would defo make again, just a little less spicy!

tracyliv's picture

What a lovely tea. It was a little fiddly but well worth it. We didn't change a thing. It was perfect just as it was.


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