Chilli chicken one-pot

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 5 mins


Serves 8
A prepare-ahead one pot that will please all ages and is easily made for a crowd, just reheat and add some garlic bread and a salad

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal501
  • fat18g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre9g
  • protein58g
  • salt3.16g
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  • 2 large onion, halved and sliced



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

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 265g chorizo ring, peeled and thickly sliced



    A coarsely textured spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 4 red pepper, deseeded and cut into large chunks
  • 2 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomato
  • 2 chicken stock cube
  • ½-1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 16 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 x 410g/14oz cans red kidney beans, drained

To serve

  • 15g pack coriander, chopped
  • 2-3 avocado, skinned and sliced



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • good squeeze lime juice


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Fry the onions in the oil for 5 mins until they become soft and start to colour. Add the chorizo and fry for a few mins more. Stir in the peppers, then pour in the tomatoes, followed by a can of water, the stock cubes, chilli and oregano.

  2. Arrange the chicken thighs on top of the sauce, pushing them under the liquid. Bring to a simmer, cover, then cook in the oven for 40 mins. Add the beans, stir, then cook for 20 mins more. You can make this up to 2 days ahead and keep chilled.

  3. To serve, reheat on the top of the stove or in the oven at 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 for 1 hr 10 mins until piping hot. Stir in most of the coriander, toss the rest with the avocado, lime and a little salt, then pile this on top. Serve with Garlic & oregano bread (below) and a bag of green salad tossed with olives, cherry tomatoes and finely sliced red onion.

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Comments (93)

Pee's picture

I did this recipe in 2 ways but using 1/2 the quantities. First one 'to the letter' and then a second veggie version using quorn 'chicken'... the meat version was very watery, when it came out of the oven, but a blast on the stove finished it off nicely.... veggie version, I added about 1tbsp chipotle paste to the onions and peppers and a shake of garlic granules. I then added the tomatoes, oregano, a stock cube and brought to a simmer, then added the quorn chicken (1.5 packs), a tin of mixed beans and put in the oven for 20 mins. Both were very tasty.

Shirley Valentine's picture

Didn't rate this at all!! Sauce was very watery and not rich or thick (even after removing lid), so not sure it needed the tin of water. It needed thickening/reducing on the stovetop but I didn't have time as it was getting late and everyone was hungry!

If I bother to make it again, I'll cook it in my cast iron pot and maybe use kidney beans in chilli sauce for extra richness as others have mentioned. Served it with plain boiled rice as thought the sauce would be thick and have enough flavour itself (which it did but just too thin!). Also, I'll probably cut the thighs in chunks rather than leaving them whole, although mine were quite small to begin with.

allielovetocook's picture

One of my favourite meals and devoured in our house! I use 4 large free range chicken breasts instead of thighs (would use more but too expensive!) cut into big chunks, and add chunky-chopped mushrooms and instead of kidney beans in water, I add the ones in chilli sauce which makes for a lovely amount of gorgeous sauce! I also put in a tablespoon of smoked paprika and several cloves of garlic, chopped or minced. I can't seem to get 265g ring of Chorizo, so put in a 225g ring instead - it's plenty and with the added paprika it all tastes so, so good. I don't give it more than 45 mins in total in the oven as the chicken breasts are perfect after that time - and I add the chilli beans in with the tomatoes etc. Leftovers are now in fridge for another night this week and I can't wait!

Southparkfan111's picture

It was very good and easy to make because chucking thing into a pot it took less time . sauce was really good rep ice was tender . I was used chips but can be used with rice as well . Next time i would used less chicken and make it more smaller for my family

sylvia1954's picture

Just tried out this recipe for our evening meal and have to say it was absolutely yummy! I only had 6 chicken thighs so adjusted the recipe ... halved all the other ingredients with the exception of the kidney beans where I used 2 tins.Perfect!. Served both me and my hubbie (2 chicken thighs each) and batched the remainder for another meal in the freezer. I opted for wedges on the side but next time will serve with Mexican rice. This recipe can be 'tweaked' to taste so try it. I used spicy chorizo sausage .

laurahadfield's picture

I made this in the slow cooker… I added a tbsp of flour to thicken and a bit of tomato puree. I also used butter beans instead of kidney beans and added garlic :)
I served it with rice… lovely.

pattiemac's picture

Tried this tonight for tea. We loved it. I used kidney beans in a chilli sauce which made the sauce nice and rich. Will be making this again soon but might try crumbling some Stornoway blackpudding Yum!

bethanygrotto's picture

I made this last night and although the flavours are really good and tasty, I found the chorizo made it horribly greasy and oily, despite draining as much of the oil off as possible. I'd make it again but leave out the chorizo, I don't think it needs it, and the whole dish would taste so much lighter and fresher.

dishymummy's picture

I really love this recipe. I halved everything except the chilli flakes and added a fresh red chilli too as like it reallly hot. I only added 1 tin of kidney beans but that was enough. I took the advice of the previous reviews and cooked the chorizo first and added smoked paprika and garlic. I did not find the sauce too runny, it was just perfect. I will definitely make this again and again as was so easy and so tasty and great alternative to chilli con carne.

janetcroft27's picture

Really easy, swapped chorizo for bacon and paprika and worked great.

royti4's picture

This was amazing highly recommended by me! I added more chillis, a bit more chorizo (we love it) and more paprika and didn't add the can of water at all, and the sauce not to mention the chicken and the veg was gorgeous, got big thumbs up and request for a rerun from the other half so was chuffed with that, there was enough sauce to have on my jacket potato the next day as well! I served this with lime and coriander rice and crusty bread (the recipe's on this site somewhere) as my partner's a big eater and this wasn't needed bulk-wise but did complement it nicely I thought!

Simple to cook and was a pleasure to make, think this will become a house favourite, my (much better) alternative to his chilli con carne!

joanneflynn's picture

Really good flavours. Went down a treat with guests, young and old. So easy to make and a great meal for entertaining as you can prepare ahead. Will definitely be repeated. Took advice and used less water than suggested in recipe.

nicksmith6666's picture

A slightly disappointing recipe. The sauce was very runny and I will try and thicken it next time. Though pleasent enough it did not have that Saturday night "wow" factor.

debs7180's picture

WOW!!! First time i've ever cooked for more than one person and this went down a treat!! Sooo easy. I do agree with perhaps halving the water content as i ended up putting in some cornflour to thicken. Was as nice on the second night as it was on the first!!

smith_parsons's picture

Superb! I read the previous comments and made a couple of changes - I dry fried the onion and chorizo together so that I didn't add any oil, and only added a third of a can of water to make the sauce less runny. It was a massive hit!
Also added fresh, quartered cherry tomatoes over the top to serve instead of avocado. This was a lovely addition.

suegriff26's picture

Absolutely delish! And so easy too. I think the chilli content needed upping a bit, I quartered the ingredients but still used a good teaspoon of crushed chillis, which was pleasantly warm for me andnot too fiery for my fiance who is not a massive fan of hot and spicy foods. Used far less chorizo than suggested to reduce the fat content and barely noticed having this I there so would probably leave out completely next time and just add a bit of paprika and garlic. Didn't bother with the avacado topping

fmcroberts's picture

Best recipe I have tried in quite a while. I followed the advice to fry the onion in the juice from the chorizo and this worked well. Also only used half a can of water, and it was still a little runny, but not a problem as the juices were lovely mopped up with garlic bread. It's best served in a big bowl like in the picture above, because of the amount of juices. I thought 3 tins of kidney beans might be too much so used just one tin of kidney beans and one tin of black eyed beans and this was nice, will do the same next time I make this. I was cooking for guests and mistimed, but the dish didn't suffer at all from being kept in the oven for an extra 30 minutes, with the lid on.

keithgibo's picture

I made this as a dish for mine and my boyfriends civil partnership ceremony , the guests loved it and we have shared it with our friends
just like out love for each other.

lesleymccorry's picture

Really good. Used can kidney beans and can of mixed beans. will be making again

jaereid's picture

Loved It. Left substituted the following

Olive Oil -> Vegetable Oil
Chorizo -> Canned hotdog
Chilli Flakes -> Fresh Red Chilli
...and left out the oregano (but i hear Thyme is a good alternative).

It was the best homemade meal I've made in a while, had it with white rice boiled with a little butter.

perfect for students like myself

4 Chicken Legs £2 ... (£3 for box of 6 @ Iceland- remove skin and bones yourself)
4 Chilli's 7p from local shop (use only 1)
Can Kidney Beans 40p from local shop
Chopped Tomatoes 37p Sainsbury's
1 Bell Pepper 33p (3 for £1) at local shop
1 Onion 6p (Bag for £1) Iceland
4 Canned Hotdogs 27p (55p for 8 - Kingsfood Hot Dog Sausages 400g)
2 Stock Cubes 2p (Sainsbury's Brand)/ 1 OXO: 9p
Long Grain Rice 250g: 10p (40p for 1KG Bag) Sainsbury's

= £3.62

Follow Instructions above. The 'runny' sauce people are talking is great on the rice...

thanks! 5*


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