Mexican chicken stew

Mexican chicken stew

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(114 ratings)

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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abcdefghijord's picture
30th Jan, 2014
Made this yesterday to eat today, I basically put everything in the slow cooker rather than frying the onion and garlic off (who wants the extra washing up when you're using the slow cooker). Cooked it for 3-4 hours and the chicken just fell apart and shredded perfectly. I cooled it down and left in the fridge overnight, and it tastes amazing. I cooked it before and leaving it overnight improved the flavour heaps! Serving it with brown rice and soured cream. Love the idea of using it for loaded nachos!!!
Frantic Flapjack
28th Jan, 2014
Easy to make and well received. Good midweek meal.
26th Jan, 2014
I made this in the slow cooker and it was very good. We used it to make the best nachos ever - just layered it with tortilla chips and grated cheese, heated through in the oven for ten minutes and topped with soured cream and guacamole.
19th Jan, 2014
***** Loved this dish. Added chorizo and red peppers and made enchiladas out of it. Forgot to buy salad, sour cream and guacamole but it still tasted amazing. Even my very fussy daughter woofed it down, can't wait to make it again with the extras next time!
13th Jan, 2014
Made this for tea tonight in my slow cooker it was really yummy and even the kids enjoyed it.
3rd Jan, 2014
Excellent and easy. Used the slow cooker and lots more canned tomatoes than the recipe called for. Put loads of chipotle sauce in it, added cilantro, sweet corn, baby spinach, and white kidney beans. Going to serve it with soft flour tortillas tonight.
19th Dec, 2013
Love this dish! I use less chicken but add chorizo and it makes a massive difference. Also throw in the hottest chillies you can find and you are in for a treat!
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27th Nov, 2013
This was very tasty, couldn't get chipotle pasta but added smoked paprika and chilli instead. Ended up rolling in wraps and turning into enchiladas in the oven. Will make this again, I imagine it could be used lots of different ways, like on baked spuds or with pasta. Yum
19th Nov, 2013
Really tasty and healthy, just added ground coriander, ground cumin, paprika, 2 tsp of chipotle, splashes of worcester sauce and tabasco. Cooked chicken slowly in the sauce just on the hob, came out succulent and juicy, absolutely delicious!
17th Sep, 2013
Unfortunately its a no from me. Smelt great while cooking, however, even after adding double the amount of chipotle paste (Tesco) it was still very bland. There may well be ways to improve the recipe but I wont be making any attempts myself.


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