Cowboy chicken & bean stew

Cowboy chicken & bean stew

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins

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Serves 4

A paprika-spiced casserole that's campsite-friendly and warming for the tum- pinto beans stretch the dish a little further

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  • drizzle of oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 8 chicken portions (we used thighs and drumsticks), skin removed
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes with garlic
  • 200g barbecue sauce (measure by filling half a 400g can if you don't have scales)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano or mixed dried herbs
  • 2 x 400g cans pinto beans
  • grated cheddar and tortilla chips, to serve (optional)

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  1. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish with a lid. Add the onion and bacon, and cook over a medium heat for 15 mins, until the onion is really soft and starting to brown, and the bacon is crisp. Push to the side of the pan, increase the heat and add the chicken pieces. Cook for a few mins until the meat is nicely browned, but don’t worry if it’s not evenly coloured. Add the paprika, tomatoes, along with half a can (200ml) water, the barbecue sauce, herbs, a pinch of salt and a generous amount of black pepper. Cover with a lid, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 45 mins, stirring occasionally.
  2. Check that the chicken is tender – if not, cover again and cook for 15 mins more. Add the beans and simmer, uncovered, for 20 mins until the sauce is thickened. Serve in bowls topped with grated cheddar and tortilla chips, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2013

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mreaveley's picture
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Love this recipe! Its become a regular in our house. We do it exactly as the recipe say except we use boneless chicken thigh pieces as its easier to eat. Tastes great the next day as leftovers if you have any left.

harmonybunny16's picture
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Really simple and delicious. Went down a treat in our house served with some toasted soft tortillas and toasted sweet corn.

gemessex's picture

Made this using my slow-cooker, was well loved by the whole family, my toddler can't get enough of it!

laurahadfield's picture
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This recipe is delicious. I made it with leftover roast chicken and butter beans. I left everything else as it was.
I didn't bother with the nachos and served it with garlic roast potatoes and sweetcorn. Yum.