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)

heathben's picture

This was really simple and tasted very good. I added some extra chilli, red pepper and celery, which needed using up. Will definatly do again as the chipotle paste is gorgeous.

amy0405's picture

Made this for me and the boyfriend, he now requests it all the time! So easy though & better with some chilli powder in it :)

ncsh556's picture

just made this - lovely. surprisingly spicy with just 1tsp of chipotle! think will but 2 tsps in when making for adults only though. excellent recipe

mel1983's picture

Delicious - really easy and works well as leftovers heated up! as per other comments I have a mild palate but upped the paste to 2 tsp and added some dried chillis - which gave a nice kick.
will definately be making again.

anuahas's picture

Really lovely and easy recipe. I used chipotle sauce instead of paste and marinated the red onion slightly before serving.

dahlipoes's picture

Thank you for your answer. I will look in the supermarket and see if I can find dried chilies.

megarrr's picture

I couldn't find Chipotle Paste but I found Dried Chipotle chillies so I made my own paste. I rehydrated the dried chilies, chopped them up and and threw them in my mortar with some vinegar, tomato paste, cumin and coriander. Tasty times.

dahlipoes's picture

Please can somebody give me a recipe for chipotle paste.
I live in the netherlands and cannot buy this paste in the supermarket. If there is a substitute for the paste let me know.
thank you

mattccross's picture

Couldn't find cjipotle paste so used some Old El Paso fajita spice mix - very nice!!!

iissyy's picture

Very bland. Added more spice but there was no real taste! Just very watery.

temple09's picture

I used twice as much chipotle paste as the recipe recommends, and I found it delicious with tortillas!
I wondered would people may suggest for something to bulk it out a bit. I just found that it needed an extra carbohydrate as part of the dish, maybe black eyed peas, or sweet potato?

runaway87's picture

Lovely recipe! I'm not usually a fan of spicy things but this is great. Couldnt find chipotle paste in the local supermarkets so on the advice of a few reviewers on here used smoked paprika instead, worked a treat. Also added some pancetta chopped up finely with the onions.Served it with rice and tortilla chips, with some sour cream dip, will definately be making this again!

SmileyBecks's picture

We loved this recipe! Made this tonight for tea, couldn't find chipotle paste in Tesco (we don't have a Waitrose locally) so used as some other reviewers suggested dried chilli and loads of smoked paprika. We also used chicken thighs instead of breast as we prefer the taste of thigh meat. Would definitely make it again!

littlemy94's picture

Really nice :)
Blitzed roasted peppers and tomatoes instead of using tinned. Also used extra chipotle paste.
And served with the smoky sweet potato wedges.

skinnymoomoo's picture

Made this a few times for dinner, we all love it. I use 2 cans of tomatoes cause there doesn't seem alot with just one. I don't use brown sugar as I never have any and I use normal jalepenos chopped finely and some smokey bbq sauce! still tastes gorgeous! :)

phil929's picture

Loved it! Clean plates all round!

sophieredican's picture

Really quick and tasty. I couldn't find the chipotle chilli so I used smoked Paprika and a couple of mild chillies instead (incidently Tesco sell dried Chipotle chillies). I served mine with homemade corn tortilla's and rice. Yum!

clareyb's picture

I cooked this tonight and it was really easy and yum. I got slightly worried that it would dry up and so added some water, but this made it too watery so I won't be adding it the next time! :)

jayley87's picture

I'm a little worried as I don't like spacy food.... this looks and sounds lovely, but is it too spicy ?

MrsH75's picture

Made this at the weekend for a group of friends. Couldn't find the paste anywhere so used fresh red chillis and some jalapenos from a jar plus some chilli sauce.
Went down a treat with everyone.
One can of tomatoes isn't enough however - I had to add an extra one just to cover the chicken and I only used 3 breasts rather than 4.


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