Mexican chicken stew

Mexican chicken stew

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(110 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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14th Feb, 2013
Didn't really live up to expectations we found it just a bit boring really even though I used chipotle paste (found in Sainsburys) I served it in tortillas like a fajita with a dollop of creme fraiche it was ok but won't rush to make again.
9th Feb, 2013
Absolutely delicious and so simple. I used more chipotle paste than the recipe suggested, added 2 red peppers cut into batons and a bit of chorizo for extra bite. Served with Microwavable Mexican Rice and creme fraiche. Yum!
6th Feb, 2013
I made this for a friend and we added a potato to it to try to bulk it out a bit. We taste tested it while cooking and found it lacking in flavour so we ended up adding 2-3 more spoons of chipotle paste and a little more sugar. The finished product had little in the way of heat or flavour and was ultimately dissapointing. The tomatoes were at the end of their shelf life so perhaps I should blame them? The onions I used may have been bigger than required too? My friend and I both agreed that if we had diced up a spicy sausage like choritzo or pepperoni and added that near the end the meal would have been a lot better. I plan on trying this recipe again with a fresher can of tomatoes and no potato to see if that improves things, but Ill likely have a sausage on standby when I do.
29th Jan, 2013
Absolutely loved this really tasty and my faddy husband liked it too. I am definitely going to try this in the slow cooker next time. Plenty left too for another day. Yum!
21st Jan, 2013
Great recipe! I used Asda's chipotle, chilli and lime paste. I used three tsps of the paste and also a teaspoon of paprika and chilli powder! Instead of adding additional liquid I put another tin of tomatoes which gave it a nice texture and loved the shredded chicken technique! Served with Uncle Ben's Mexican bean rice which was a nice accompaniment! I will definitely be making this again...Delicious!!
19th Jan, 2013
Liked this recipe but will add peppers next time to give a little more to it.
17th Jan, 2013
Really nice, excellent with flat bread.
12th Jan, 2013
The chicken was tender and I liked the fact that I didn't have to pre-chop it (chopping raw chicken is one of my pet hates) I added a teaspoon of Harissa paste also and a slosh of Henderson's Relish for extra flavour. The only problem was I was left with way too much runny liquid at the end of the cooking time which squired out of the tortilla wraps. I guess next time I may remove the lid of the cooker and give it 15 mins extra on high to reduce some of that liquid away. Otherwise a tasty, convenient family meal
7th Jan, 2013
Used chipotle powder from the Coolchile company. Most of a teaspoon gave it a hefty kick. Also added about a teaspoon of dried tarragon, cos if its good enough for Thomasina Myers, it's good enough for me. Didn't taste watery at all, but I did simmer the sauce for a while before adding the chicken. Serve with sour cream, cheddar, tortilla chips and rice.
29th Dec, 2012
I cooked this recipe for dinner this evening. We will definitely be having it again. It had a nice flavour although when making it again I will be increasing the amount of Chipotle paste. That is just down to personal taste though. A quick and easy recipe to make.


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