Mexican chicken stew with quinoa & beans

Mexican chicken stew with quinoa & beans

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4 - 5
Spicy chicken casserole with a healthy superfood side dish of protein-rich quinoa

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving (5)

  • kcal336
  • fat6g
  • saturates0.9g
  • carbs34.7g
  • sugars15.8g
  • fibre4.1g
  • protein33.4g
  • salt2.1g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 onion, sliced



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  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped into largish chunks
  • 3 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 140g quinoa



    Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a…

  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 1 x 400g can pinto beans, drained
  • small bunch coriander, most chopped, a few leaves left whole
  • juice 1 lime



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  • 1 tbsp sugar



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  • natural yogurt, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and fry the onions and peppers for a few mins until softened. Stir in the chipotle paste for a minute, followed by the tomatoes. Add up to a tomato can-full of water to cover the chicken and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the chicken breasts and gently simmer, turning the chicken occasionally, for 20 mins until the chicken is cooked through.

  2. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil with the stock cubes. Add the quinoa and cook for 15 mins until tender, adding the beans for the final min. Drain well and stir in the coriander and lime juice, then check for seasoning before covering to keep warm.

  3. Lift the chicken out onto a board and shred each breast using two forks. Stir back into the tomato sauce with the sugar and season. Serve with the quinoa, scattering the stew with some coriander leaves just before dishing up and eating with a dollop of yogurt on the side.

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20th Aug, 2013
I add a tablespoon of smoked paprika and some tomatoe puree aswell,i leave out the sugar and use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast, but cook them in the oven first then shread them and then add them to the sauce. Great tea time recipe. Goes great with cous cous :)
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5th Aug, 2013
I followed the recipe but substituted one pepper for a sweet pointed pepper and left out the sugar. Absolutely delicious.
28th Jul, 2013
Very tasty dish....easy to make. Will become a regular in our house
24th Jul, 2013
very nice. could not find chipotle paste so a bit bland - imagine that would make it a 5 star recipe. didn't add the sugar either
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11th Jul, 2013
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3rd Jul, 2013
Made this dish for the first time loved it. Couldn't get pinto beans used chickpeas as someone else suggested and added less water. Will definitely make regularly.
10th Jun, 2013
I made this last week and it was delicious, it might be my new favourite! It was my first time cooking Quinoa and the Quinoa, Lime and Beans was such a good combo.
3rd Jun, 2013
Really easy to make and very tasty!
27th May, 2013
Easy to make, healthy and absolutely delicious. A hit with the family. Thanks.
24th May, 2013
Great easy recipe! And one you can mould and amend according to what you have in the fridge or cuboard! I couldn't find the chipotle paste so used chopped Jalapenos and tomato and chilli puree (2 tbsl)


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