Mexican pulled chicken & beans

Mexican pulled chicken & beans

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins


Serves 6 - 8
This budget-busting sharing platter of slow-cooked chipotle chicken is perfect for feeding a crowd - and won't break a student budget, either

Nutrition and extra info

  • pulled chicken only
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving (8)

  • kcal251
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre11g
  • protein21g
  • salt1.2g


  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 3 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced



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  • 2 x 400g cans black beans, drained
  • 400g cans kidney beans, drained
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    Kidney beans

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  • handful parsley, coriander or mint, roughly chopped



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  • small iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • drizzle of olive oil
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  • large bag of tortilla chips, to serve
  • lime wedges, to serve



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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Rub the chicken thighs with 2 tbsp of the chipotle paste. Put the rest in a medium bowl with the garlic, tomatoes, onion and some seasoning. Stir to combine, then tip into a large roasting tin. Sit the chicken thighs close together on top of the sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hr.

  2. Remove the roasting tin from the oven, add all the beans and stir into the tomato mixture around the chicken. Put back in the oven, uncovered, for 20 mins or until the chicken is tender and the beans are hot.

  3. Meanwhile, mix the herbs, lettuce and cucumber with a drizzle of olive oil and set aside.

  4. Shred the chicken using a knife and fork, and discard the bones. Mix the chicken through the sauce and beans. Serve with the salad, tortilla chips and lime wedges.

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19th Feb, 2020
(oops sorry- I meant 1hr covered and another 1.25hrs uncovered so a total of 2.25hrs in the oven)
19th Feb, 2020
I scaled this recipe up- used 14 large thighs, 5 cans of beans and double of everything else except that I only used 1 tbs of chipotle paste (all stirred into the tomatoes) as I was feeding kids. It did take a lot longer to cook- 1hr covered but then 2.25hrs uncovered with the oven up to 220 for some of that time. We had it with tortilla wraps, a bit of rice, salsa, sour cream, cheese and guacamole and it went down a treat with adults and children. This served all 10 of us (adults ate as much as the kids!) with about 4 portions left over. I'd probably add some mild paprika if I was making it again.
28th Jun, 2016
Great one for putting on the table and letting the family help themselves. Kept chilli as is as my kids quite like it, even the 6 year old, and wasn't too hot anyway
21st Jun, 2016
Really simple and quick to make- we used chicken breast not bone-in thighs so halved the cooking time. The result was a bit too liquidy. Would try again with longer cooking
7th Nov, 2015
I used dessert spoons of chipotle instead of traditional table spoons plus +2 tsp chilli powder and +3/4 tsp paprika. I used large chicken thighs and found that they didn't cook well/the sauce didn't reduce enough after an hour so left it all in for 2 and a half hours at 150c (fan) uncovered but stirring occasionally to stop the top catching. After that I added the beans for 30 mins and it was delicious!
4th Nov, 2015
Very tasty but also very easy to prepare. The dish had a real depth of flavour as well. Highly recommended.
29th Oct, 2015
The 3tbs of chipotle paste made this so hot that the children were not able to eat it but the flavour was good when diluted and so easy to make we will try it again with an adjusted amount of chillie paste
4th Dec, 2019
Can you freeze this?
18th Sep, 2018
How many tins of kidney beans are needed? Just a bit confused by the "tins" in the ingredients list without a number!
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