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)

alexandrareah's picture

bland, watery, not exactly a stew, added chillis and jalapenos, which added a kick but no substance behind it, disappointing

paulacogar's picture

I found this recipe very disappointing. I did use the chipotle paste which i found in Waitrose, but it still was quite bland and one dimentional.

pushkinpassey's picture

It was great! Everyone loved it! I added 2 green rocket chillies and a bit of paprika as well because we love an extra kick!

The only thing was that some people said that the tomatoes were overpowering in taste, so please make sure you cook the tomatoes well.

pushkinpassey's picture

It was great! Everyone loved it! I added 2 green rocket chillies and a bit of paprika as well because we love an extra kick!

The only thing was that some people said that the tomatoes were overpowering in taste, so please make sure you cook the tomatoes well.

suzannedorgan's picture

Made this tonight and myself and my husband thought it was really tasty. I couldn't find the chipotle paste in Dublin but I did find Chipotle chillis in a small tin in the Food Emporium in Abbey Street (if anyone from Dublin is reading this!!). I blitzed them in a blender and used a teaspoon and kept the rest in a jar in the fridge. I will use more than a teaspoon though the next time. I was spicy at the start of cooking but wasn't as when the cooking time was over.
The chicken was gorgeous and moist. I served it with boiled rice but might have it with the torilla wraps tomorrow!
Hands up who loves two day dinners!!!!

vesta11's picture

Made this today, for dinner later in the week. Didn't have any chipotle in so used chilli and smoked paprika. Also added some cumin as well, tastes lovely looking foward to having for dinner. Very easy and quick!

margueritebourcier's picture

Really easy and tasty! Will be having it a again.

stesar's picture

I could not find the chipotle paste, so used harissa instead.
very nice

danb83's picture

This recipe is an absolute gem! Ideal for a meal with friends or as part of a hot buffet. It's so so easy!
Like many I struggled to find the chipotle paste, but people in the North West who live near a Booths supermarket and larger Sainsbury's also stock the discovery brand.
That said, I think the many variations that not being able to find this ingredient brings out, is one of its charms. I used mild chilli powder, half a teaspoon of lazy chillies (for the kick) and then put in chopped Chorizo sausage with the chicken to give the nice smoky flavour.
I also find using extra tinned tomatoes instead of liquid helps give a more thicker and richer sauce too.

chocolatnoir's picture

This is a delicious, low fat and quick and easy recipe for in the week - before we eventually tracked down chipotle paste in Waitrose, we used a packet of fajita seasoning mix instead which worekd well. When using the chipotle paste, I use a tablespoon rather than teaspoon for a decent kick. I serve this with a wholemeal toasted pitta bread to keep it healthy and filling. Yum!

kirstyinnes2002's picture

I normally love all the recipies that I try on this website, but not this one. I can't say that it was 'bad' just disappointing. Maybe it is because none of my local supermarkets stock the past so I just used chilli and tomato past and one tsp of smoked paprika - also didnt go down to well with the kids who normally enjoy wraps.

sarahleith's picture

I made this last night. It was simple to make and really tasty.
I couldn't find the paste so used 1tsp hot chilli powder and 1/2tsp cumin. I served with rice and crushed tortillas on top.

bubbly1981's picture

Don't know what I did wrong. I was really looking forward to this but found it over tomatoey and quite boring. I didn't have chipotle paste either so as the previous poster did, I too used chilli and smoked paprika

philhowlett's picture

Made a batch today for freezing, tried a sample (you have to!) and it is lovely. Really nice smoky flavour with a touch of heat. I used 2 tsp of the paste.

jenidal's picture

forgot to star rate the recipe!

jenidal's picture

really quick, easy & tasty! I halved the recipe to serve 2 - next time I would increase the chipotle paste as it didn't really have any kick (even for my mild palate!). Going to experiment with the paste & attempt a chipotle, roast aubergine & tomato pasta sauce!

bethocallaghan's picture

Really good - used 2 tsps of chipolte paste (for 2 people) but next time might also add a chilli for extra spicyness.

libby0's picture

We have no waitrose, and our morrison does not do chipotle paste. I used roasted green chillis it was very nice for a saturday night.

hlallan's picture

Rebecca, you can get chipotle paste in Morrisons.

andysbird's picture

We've just had this for dinner and all enjoyed it. I couldn't get any chipotle paste, but I did manage to get some actual chipotle chillies in Tescos. The flavour is lovely and smoky, but I think you could probably reproduce it with dried chilli and smoked paprika if you couldn't get chipotles. A word of warning though - chipotle chillies are dried and smoked jalapenos and our stew was much spicier than I expected. Will make this again and maybe scape the seeds out next time!


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