Spicy chicken & bean stew

Spicy chicken & bean stew

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins


Serves 6
This hearty, satisfying one-pot is low fat and easy on the washing up

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal366
  • fat11g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre9g
  • protein38g
  • salt2.45g


  • 1¼kg chicken thighs and drumsticks (approx. weight, we used a 1.23kg mixed pack)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 onions, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 250g frozen peppers, defrosted



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 420g can kidney beans in chilli sauce
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

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    Native to the Americas, kidney beans are so called because of their shape and come in very…

  • 2 x 400g cans butter beans, drained
  • 400ml hot chicken stock
  • small bunch coriander, chopped
  • 150ml pot soured cream and crusty bread, to serve


  1. Pull the skin off the chicken and discard. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish, brown the chicken all over, then remove with a slotted spoon. Tip in the onions, garlic and chillies, then fry for 5 mins until starting to soften and turn golden.

  2. Add the peppers, tomatoes, beans and hot stock. Put the chicken back on top, half-cover with a pan lid and cook for 50 mins, until the chicken is cooked through and tender.

  3. Stir through the coriander and serve with soured cream and crusty bread.

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27th Oct, 2013
very good dish, if you don't like spicy it won't be for you ;)
3rd Sep, 2013
Very tasty, this could become a regular dinner. I had to make a few substitutions - no frozen peppers so used a mix of fresh and roasted red peppers from a jar, no kidney beans in chilli sauce so added kidney beans with sundried tomato paste and a tsp of paprika (next time I'll add more). So only little changes, very good meal.
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5th Aug, 2013
Really enjoyed this meal. Made it for just 2 of us so changed a few little bits but basically the same. This is what I did: 2 x chicken breasts 1 tin tomatoes 1/2 tin kidney beans (chilli sauce) Frozen peppers (small handful) 1/2 small onion 1/2 hot chilli with seeds 1 clove of garlic 1 chicken stock pot (bit of water) Served it with toasted pittas. Lovely!
6th Jun, 2013
Used the ingredients that I had to hand so a jar of roasted peppers instead of frozen ones and I swapped the kidney beans in chilli sauce for a can of baked beans and added a pinch of dried chillies. The result was delicious, even though I only had chicken thighs, no drumsticks.
31st May, 2013
I'm trying to eat low fat just now and this is a pretty tasty addition to my low fat recipes. Made a few changes: I used 4 large, free range chicken breasts which I removed from the stew once cooked and shredded then added back to the pot. this helped fill it out a bit and soak up the liquid. I only used one large red chilli and kidney beans in water, not chilli sauce but did add a heaped tbls of chipotle paste instead. I also used 2 fresh red peppers, cannellini beans instead of butter beans and added 2 handfuls of frozen sweetcorn at the end. After tasting, I felt something was still missing, so I added a tsp of ground cummin. I then served on brown basamati rice with a dollop of natural yoghurt and a sprinkling of mature cheddar. All in all, a tasty, healthy meal.
20th May, 2013
Love it! Changed it a fair bit though... Did it for 2 people and so only used one can mixed beans and less pepper. Added mushrooms, some leftover squash and some dried apricots too. Also added some turmeric for extra spice. We also had some left over chicken from a roast and so added that in at the end! Beautiful with a dollop of greek yogurt and no base needed! Lovely base recipe.
2nd Mar, 2013
Thought this was really good -added some chorizo to spice it up even more!
26th Feb, 2013
Fantastic recipe. V tasty. Currently our favourite dinner. Also super easy to make.
20th Feb, 2013
Started this morning by slow cooking the chicken with a cup of veg stock, so by 4 hrs it was falling off the bone with 600ml dish full of gorgeous chicken stock. Found this recipe and wow, its transformed into a wonderful flavoursome nutritional dinner. Many thanks to Good Food.
11th Feb, 2013
Cooked this tonight and it was lovely. Might spice it a bit more next time (did full quantity for 2 of us so there is extra in freezer ;-0).


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