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)

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.

goodfoodray's picture

This was ok.

I was a bit dubious about the amount of kick chipotle paste would do to the other flavours, and as I suspected, it was overkill.

I would also recommend cooking this for a little longer on a low heat to ensure the chicken becomes much more flavoursome and is easy to shred. Could also do with adding some extra beans, a few more onions and a touch of tomato puree to enrich the sauce.

The quinoa on the other hand was superb. I have had trouble before trying to add flavour to this rather bland ingredient, but this combination really hit the mark for me.

katepriestley's picture

3 tbsps of chipotle paste?! My sister made this for the family and asked whether we really needed that much but we said we'll be fine. Must say it was very amusing to see everyone sweating, dabbing and fanning themselves like mad during the entire course of the meal- even my eyes were sweating- my make up had run! Still a very delicious meal, don't think we could cope with that much chipotle paste again though!

emmaw26's picture

Firm favourite in our house, have cooked many times! Have cooked for guests who also loved it and asked for the recipe. So tasty and great when your watching calories and fat. We love the chipotle so add more of this. I also add some garlic and a low salt chicken stock cube to the stew. We also prefer the beans in the actual stew itself, just seems to work well. On a few occasions I couldnt find tinned pinto beans (dont have time to soak and cook dry pinto beans) so I used a tin of mixed beans in a spicy tomato sauce and these worked surprisingly well! Either serve with the quinoa or brown rice with the lime and corriander. Delicious!

babsfazekas's picture

My first time making quinoa and very happy to have given it a go. Couldn't find chipotle sauce so used some chilli flakes and a dash of taco seasoning - ok but will keep an eye out for the chipotle. I cut the amounts down to 3 chicken breast, 1 can of tomatoes and a splash of water and it was still enough for dinner for two with leftovers for both of us to take to work.

jerseybech's picture

Very easy to make, delicious, and went down extremely well with the gf, highly recommended. Quinoa is a great alternative to rice.

emmaness's picture

Like some others could not find chipotle paste but Tesco do an own brand "fajita paste" which worked nicely. Lovely flavour and the torn chicken makes a nice difference! Found the dish a little too watery so would not bother adding a tomato can of water to thicken up to more of a sauce - but that may be personal taste. I'm not a fan of coriander so used dried parsley which worked just fine. Lime quinoa was a lush accompaniment!

satsumayum's picture

Really tasty - it's got a bit of kick to it but in a good way. Very easy to make too.

irene_p_n's picture

very easy to make and delicious......a new regular I think :)

dorothyclimber's picture

Very tasty!

Alexacollicott's picture

Delicious! Really easy but so tasty.

melanieblacklock's picture

This is delicious!

tonyablewis's picture

We love this mexican stew, cheap and healthy nom nom.

courage5's picture

3 Tablespoons of chipotle?? are you sure? its the hottest paste I have ever tried!!

fionatheobald's picture

Absolutely delicious! I used butter beans as I needed to use them up and forgot to add the sugar but it was fantastic nonetheless

I served with pitta chips, grated cheese and sour cream. Definately be making this again.

I found chipotle paste in the mexican area of the world foods aisle at Asda.

christian_king's picture

Great recipe but try adding some red wine to the disc to increase the flavour.

susan_lily's picture

Great tasting and easy meal. Used tin of kidney beans in chilli sauce instead of pinto beans as could only get dried ones and not enough time to soak them. Also used hot sauce instead of chipotle sauce. Lovely, definitely a new one for my repertoire.

neatandtidy's picture

I made this last night, so simple and quick to prepare but really tasty! I couldn't find chipotle paste in Tesco anywhere :-( but found a chilli con carne paste made with chipotle paste and this gave a really smoky flavour. I added a couple of chillies to the onions and threw in some mange tout at the end of cooking. Really lovely, quick, tasty and healthy. Plenty left over for my lunch today mmm!


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