Mexican chicken stew

Mexican chicken stew

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(109 ratings)

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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24th Apr, 2013
Made this last night was very simple and very tasty! After reading other comments added 3 tsps of chipotle paste (found in Tesco ) and was very spicy for children so will only use 2tsps next time. Great low fat meal!
14th Apr, 2013
This is a firm favourite in our house! I use the slow cooker which makes it super easy. Only changes I make is I use 500g tomato pasata instead of chopped and I add chopped red peppers and a few carrots along with the onion before adding to the slow cooker. Serve with salad and new potatoes. great if you're having people over for dinner- hasn't failed to impress yet!
2nd Apr, 2013
Absolutely incredible and very simple, just had this one for dinner. I couldn't get the paste but I did use chilli poweder, cumin and paprika along with a bit of chilli sauce. I also added a bit more brown sugar than the recipe said. Left in the slow cooker for about 5 hours. Served in taco shells with a bit of cheese sprinkled on top...want some more now.
19th Mar, 2013
Very very tasty, definitely would make this again
7th Mar, 2013
Can get Chipotle paste in Asda....
26th Feb, 2013
Mmmmmm cooked this last night and was really impressed with the flavour i bought the paste from tesco and it was amazing, will defo make again
5th Feb, 2014
made this to the last letter of the recipe and it found it very disappointing, tasted of nothing in particular, just hot chicken, the sauce had no depth, won`t bother again.
19th Feb, 2013
Lovely weekday dinner and very quick to make
14th Feb, 2013
Didn't really live up to expectations we found it just a bit boring really even though I used chipotle paste (found in Sainsburys) I served it in tortillas like a fajita with a dollop of creme fraiche it was ok but won't rush to make again.
9th Feb, 2013
Absolutely delicious and so simple. I used more chipotle paste than the recipe suggested, added 2 red peppers cut into batons and a bit of chorizo for extra bite. Served with Microwavable Mexican Rice and creme fraiche. Yum!


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