Mexican chicken stew

Mexican chicken stew

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Bring a touch of Mexican flavour to your midweek meal with this low-fat, one-pan supper

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal203
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre2g
  • protein35g
  • salt0.37g
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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped



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

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chipotle paste (we used Discovery)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 small red onion, sliced into rings
  • a few coriander leaves
  • corn tortillas, or rice to serve



    In Spain, a tortilla is a kind of omelette, with ingredients added - frequently sliced cooked…


  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and cook for 5 mins or until softened and starting to turn golden, adding the garlic for the final min. Stir in the sugar, chipotle paste and tomatoes. Put the chicken into the pan, spoon over the sauce, and simmer gently for 20 mins until the chicken has cooked (add a splash of water if the sauce gets too dry).

  2. Remove the chicken from the pan and shred with 2 forks, then stir back into the sauce. Scatter with a little red onion, the coriander, and serve with remaining red onion, tortillas or rice.

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Comments (123)

suarez's picture

Liked this recipe but will add peppers next time to give a little more to it.

nat-ah-li's picture

Really nice, excellent with flat bread.

natashabeth1915's picture

The chicken was tender and I liked the fact that I didn't have to pre-chop it (chopping raw chicken is one of my pet hates) I added a teaspoon of Harissa paste also and a slosh of Henderson's Relish for extra flavour. The only problem was I was left with way too much runny liquid at the end of the cooking time which squired out of the tortilla wraps. I guess next time I may remove the lid of the cooker and give it 15 mins extra on high to reduce some of that liquid away. Otherwise a tasty, convenient family meal

embles's picture

Used chipotle powder from the Coolchile company. Most of a teaspoon gave it a hefty kick.
Also added about a teaspoon of dried tarragon, cos if its good enough for Thomasina Myers, it's good enough for me.
Didn't taste watery at all, but I did simmer the sauce for a while before adding the chicken.
Serve with sour cream, cheddar, tortilla chips and rice.

crazy-lady's picture

I cooked this recipe for dinner this evening. We will definitely be having it again. It had a nice flavour although when making it again I will be increasing the amount of Chipotle paste. That is just down to personal taste though. A quick and easy recipe to make.

fayedo75's picture

Made this for a quick and easy dinner for friends. Perfect and liked by all.

vintageabbie's picture

The flavour of the sauce was nice enough, but it just needed a little bit extra. maybe some red peppers in it or something, I'm not quite sure. At the moment it's just nicely done chicken in a tasty tomato sauce, but needs an additional something to finish it off.

mcsquee's picture

tasty...but better if you leave it for the next day

redgerbera's picture

Found the paste in Sainsburys and followed the recipe but found it a bit bland. Served it with tortillas and yoghurt. Kids liked it but would add more paste if I make it again.

ladyshazzax's picture

Just made this and i loved it!!!! So easy and quick to make! Added some chilli pasta sauce to make it a wee bit juicier. For those looking for chipotle, i got a squeezy chipotle sauce from Asda. Definitely going to make this again!! :-)

CailinLondon's picture

It tasted fine, but it's just tomato and chicken with a bit of seasoning. Really easy to do in the slow cooker, but I don't think I'll be making it again.

sarahb1973's picture

This was lovely. Found chipotle paste in sainsburys. I cooked a whole chicken in the oven and made the sauce separately then added the shredded chicken. Did need to up the amount of tomatoes in the sauce. Also added sliced red pepper, sundried tomatoes and a tin of kidney beans. Served on rice but with a few tortillas on top with a dollop if sour cream and home made salsa. Very simple to make and would definitely make again.

anniepalitoy's picture

We loved this - I couldn't get the chipotle paste so used what another reviewer had suggested; a sachet of fajita seasoning (in my case Old El Paso original fajita seasoning). I also used an extra 300g of chopped tomatoes to give us more sauce. The whole thing came out very tasty, and the fact that the chicken breasts are cooked entirely in the sauce (without frying first) means they're tender and moist when shredded. Next time I will probably add some beans to the mix to add a bit of variety. We had flour tortillas with ours, using them to scoop up the stew and rice, and it made for a fun and satisfying meal.

maeveeustace's picture

Tried this recipe and loved it!! After tasting I added more paste for more heat but that was a personal choice. So quick and easy. A definite 5 star recipe!! And it's low fat!! Bonus!!

loufromaus's picture

Fantastic recipe, the chipotle paste makes a big difference, giving a smoky flavour. I used turkey breast fillets, and put it in the slow cooker for a few hours. We used it as burito filling with lettuce and sour cream. SO good!

narymer's picture

Very easy to make, add 2 teaspoons of chipotle paste & 1 teaspoon of chilli powder & 3 fresh chillies, if you like it spicy!

mdej123's picture

This dish was OK, think it needed a lot more spice, didn't have chipotle paste so used harissa, maybe that was the difference. The leftover chicken and juices, I chucked in a batch of cous cous and had for my lunch the next day, which was nice.

sbbluntman's picture

Also struggled to find chipotle paste so I used Tabasco's chipotle version. Tasted great :)

natregan's picture

Had this a while back and just came across it in the recipes again.. not sure if I left a comment last time or not...but made this and it was thumbs up all around. Really really tasty and didn't leave you feeling bloated or anything....felt healthy and tasty, which is always good. Lovely with a little rice and a salad.....


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