Mexican chilli chicken

Cook: 50 mins - 1 hr


Serves 4
A great spicy supper that can be made in advance

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal546
  • fat22g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre8g
  • protein58g
  • salt3.53g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tsp each chilli powder and ground cumin
  • 2 x 400g cans peeled plum tomato
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 200g piece chorizo, skinned and diced



    A coarsely textured spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 8 chicken thigh, skinned
  • 2 red pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 x 300g cans cannellini bean, drained
    Cannellini bean

    Cannellini bean

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    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…

To serve

  • 1 large avocado, stoned, peeled and sliced



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • lime juice
  • handful fresh coriander
  • 4 large spoonfuls soured cream


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion until softened. Stir in the spices and cook for a few secs. Pour in the tomatoes and 2 cans of water, then crumble in the stock cube. Bring to the boil and add the chorizo and chicken thighs. Push the chicken under the liquid, cover and simmer for 20 mins.

  2. Stir the peppers into the pan, then cook for 20 mins more. Tip in the cannellini beans.

  3. To eat now: Warm through to heat the beans. Toss the avocado with the lime and some salt and serve on top of the casserole with a sprinkling of coriander. Top each portion with soured cream. Serve with rice, jacket potatoes or a handful of spicy tortilla chips.

  4. To eat later: Cool and keep in the fridge for up to 48 hours. Warm on top of the stove until bubbling and serve as above.

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Comments (46)

jburton's picture

Help!!!! I want to cook this using chicken breasts, cut into strips. I have two in the freezer and im cooking this for 2 people. Do others think this will be enough, i thought of bulking it up a bit with some quartered chestnut mushrooms.x

portrushbear's picture

I used chicken breasts and red chillies aswell as chilli powder! Delicious will definitely be making it again.

nicolebacon's picture

Added the two cans of water but left it cooking in the oven for much longer than the recipe suggested and added the red pepper and beans much earlier to all cook together like a stew and gain the right consistency. Delicious taste and will cook again.

0812steved's picture

Awesome recipe. First one I tried from Good Food. It's a big winner with everyone I've cooked it for.

sarahk's picture

My husband likes anything chilli and hot! I was'nt keen but my husband enjoyed it. Used chicken breasts and upped the chilli factor. Used kidney beans. Not for me but there is no accounting for taste. He wants me to do it again. Maybe next year!!

knghiem's picture

Great recipe, quick and easy to make. I omitted the chorizo as I didn't have any, and used kidney instead of cannellini beans due to personal preference. I also took others' tips on adding less water - only 1 tin with the tomatoes but it was way too watery still. I ended up pouring some away to help reduce it quicker but resorted to adding corn flour to thicken as it was taking too long. I'd definitely recommend probably only adding half a tin of water with the tomatoes or adding corn flour if its too watery. Another tip is to watch the chilli powder! My chilli powder is very strong so only used 1 tsp.

jacqueline599's picture

This is an easy to make tasty dish. I didn't have any cumin so I added 1 teaspoon of chopped coriander and 1 teaspoon of mixed herbs, I only added 1 can of water and 1 can of beans and fresh chili to give it a bite. Will definitely make again, but will leave out the avocado as didn't think it went on top. Served it with mini jacket potatoes with sour cream. Yum:)

kennyk's picture

Made this for a dinner party of 4 and there seemed to be loads as I used 14 chicken thighs and added 2 tins of chop toms instead of the plum ones but the whole lot went with great comments. Will do this one again and again

claireashforth's picture

Really tasty mid week meal, used about 3/4 can of water and thickened with a little cornflour at the end of cooking time. Will be making this again.

vonsim's picture

wishI'd read the "adding less water" comments before i made, still turned out fab though added fresh chilli along with the chilly powder which gave it more punch... yum, quick and easy juss the way i like it...

jcurlylocks's picture

Really tasty. I added one can of water, unfortunately the sauce didn't thicken so next time I won't add any! Still very enjoyable.

bgardine's picture

Really nice. Didn't add any water and it didn't need it. Also put the chorizo in with the onions so that they cooked in the flavoured oil that was released. Made for 8 people and everyone loved it!

clairedingle's picture

Really tasty. I made it with chicken breasts insteasd and it was delicious. Would possibly use a little less chorizo as it was quite salty.

Definately recommended

jackiehall's picture

I like tasty spicy food and found this a bit bland, followed the recipe word for word, did eat it but would not pick this recipe again

shirley12's picture

Added sweetcorn and chestnut mushroom - delicious just with crusty bread!!

demilolapoppytwins's picture

Made this today for myself hubby and 4 kids (11,10,10 and 4) it went down really well. Served it stuffed in pitta bread with tortilla chips and grated cheese. didnt add much water as sugested which was a really good idea as there was enough sauce without needing to add. chorizo was a really nice addition. i added kidney and pinto beans instead. will definatly be making it again.

canvey's picture

Absolutely delicious. So easy to make. Served with couscous and tortilla chips. Makes a great supper dish to serve to friends mid week.

emmalebreton's picture

I added less water as suggested, and had to reduce the sauce for longer, but once it had thickened the sauce was delicious. I also froze half and it tasted even better once it had been reheated and I had added more chilli. As I like a real spicy kick, and the sour cream and avocado make the sauce milder.

joanne.webb's picture

I really loved this recipe too, I reduced the amount of water and left the lid off at the end so it thickend up nicely, don't really like the cannellini beans, so next time I would use red kidney beans, instaed, also I think I will add more chilli to give it a bit of a kick, I served it with Jacket Potato, but will try rice next time.

misskay69's picture

Loved this recipe, had to use fresh chilli though as had no chilli powder, but worked a treat, I also reduced the amount of water as others recommended and had no problems


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