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 (125)

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.....

rachelulu's picture

Really tasty family dinner! I used chicken thigh fillets which worked really well and found the chipotle paste in Sainsbury's made by a company called Trees Can Dance.

Lovely with rice, a dollop of soured cream and some corn bread and honey butter.

lolacherrycola's picture

With a few additions I really liked this. For some reason, maybe I just bought massive chicken breasts, I found once the chicken had been shredded there was barely any tomatoey goodness. So at that point I popped in another can of tomatoes and another teaspoon of chipotle paste and some hot water and it became a stew again. I also added some sweet red peppers and chorizo (so much for low fat). Really enjoyed it after that.

rubyann's picture

Very nice, added 3 red chilli's on top of the chipotle paste, wouldn't have been spicy otherwise. No way would it feed 4 adults. Just enough for 2.

jennahead's picture

Got tinned chipotles at the Glasgow Lupe Pintos shop at the end of my street. Absolutely gorgeous - this is a regular favourite!

charlie007's picture

Lovely Dish - could find chipotle paste so I combined equal amounts of Franks Hot Sauce (available in all supermarkets) and smoked paprika.

Served with rice and tortillas chips and a sprinkling of spring onions - mmmmm

juliegoldie's picture

Quick, simple and delicious!

sfolega1981's picture

Found the Chipotle paste in Asda for those that can't find it. I was looking forward to this recipe but found it quite uninspiring to be honest. There was no sauce left after cooking either so although the chicken was tender, the overall texture was fairly dry (Would be fine for inside wraps, but not for rice, wedges etc.

Will be looking for other recipes to use the paste with as doubt I'll be making this one again. :-(

pippahockey's picture

I basically made a combination of this and this:
so added red pepper, smoked paprika & chilli powder & chicken stock rather than chipotle paste, i also doubled the canned tomatoes and used turkey (cheaper and lower fat) - so basically changed the recipe completely but it was devine... oh, and i put in a can of black beans.... heaven.

macskitchen's picture

Too tomatoey for some tastes. The chicken breasts I used were too big, and seemed to take forever to cook through. Wont be rushing to do this again

jevidrian's picture

This was really yummy, I couldn't get the paste so I added a tsp of chilli powder and a tsp of smoked paprika and it worked really well and served it with wraps and sour cream.

24lol12's picture

Afraid we didn't like this at all, will just have to try some more of your recipes.

mands45's picture

Absolutely delicious! Padded it out a bit with sliced green and red peppers and a tin of red kidney beans. Also, used half a jar of the chipotle paste and 2 tins tomatoes. Everybody loved it!

del_boy's picture

I couldn’t find chipotle paste anywhere locally, but I did find some dried chipotle chillies from my local Tesco’s.

I used three chillies, cut the stalks off and soaked them in a cup of hot water for 20 minutes. I then put the chillies and soaking liquid into my food processor and gave them a good mix. The chillies were hard to break down, so I had to remove them, chop them up by hand and throw them back in.

The ‘chipotle water’ was potent! I took a quick sniff, and it was very strong! I poured the liquid into my stew and it was perfect!!!

I’m sure the paste will be more convenient, but it is surely packed full of additives, preservatives etc. I used just the dried chillies and water…..and it was work the time and effort.

As I said, I bought the dried chillies from Tesco’s. They were rather pricey, but they are quite easily bought on line for the half the price! Just do a quick internet search and you’ll find them!

emmaleg's picture

This is a nice recipe but no way would that amount of sauce do four chicken breasts. I made the full amount of sauce and used two chicken breasts and it was only just enough for that really. Very tasty though (needs good seasoning) and I served mine with rice with sour cream and grated cheese on top. I will also try a slightly longer cooking time when I try it again as the chicken could have been more tender.

joeups's picture

I usually love your recipes but not sure what I did wrong, just found this a bit watery, insipid and quite boring! Easy to make and such a shame, as liked the flavour just not the outcome! I made my own paste as found dried Chipotle in Tesco's soaked then passed through a sieve!

meganvm's picture

Asda have recently started selling Discovery's chipotle paste- I got it from there and it's great! Does the job well.

amaloopy's picture

Really easy to make. I doubled the quantities to feed a crowd and it was polished off!! One I will definitely make again x


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