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

    ol-iv oyl

    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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13th Oct, 2011
Made this last night & it was delicious! I added the smoked paprika at the end of stage 1 & used 1 large chilli instead of 2, also I used chicken breast fillets diced instead of thighs etc. Great mid week meal but also good enough for a dinner party.
30th Aug, 2011
I made this at the weekend and after declaring that he didn't like vegetables, my 8yr old stepson devoured it. I used chicken breast rather than meat on the bone and also cooked it in my slow cooker rather than on the hob. Ended up more like a chunky soup than a stew and served with a crusty loaf. Will definitely be making it again.
28th Aug, 2011
Made his last night and thought it was excellent. Used all chicken thighs as they were on offer. You could add an additional chilli if you like it hot. Will certainly make this again. Would be good grub for a cold winter evening.
28th Aug, 2011
i thought it was FANTASTIC insted of cooking it on the hob i cooked it the oven, i will cook it again for adinner party,
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27th Aug, 2011
Whoops forgot to rate! 5* PS - it didn't require any SnP
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27th Aug, 2011
Made this last night and it was F.A.B.! Added paprika and chillies towards the end of stage 1. Used breast fillets cut into generous chunks. Had no butter beans so used haricot instead. Took 5 mins to prepare and 15 mins on the hob to finish! Absolutely gorgeous and will make again quite regularly. Might add some chorizo next time too! X
25th Aug, 2011
I'm looking for recipes to give my son who is off to Uni-self catering, sharing a kitchen with 9 others. I think he can cook this one before he goes and use boneless/skinless thighs which I have bought in bulk. Then put some single portions in containers he can freeze and cook from frozen in the microwave, so he has some quick but nutritious meals. I don't think he'll be too popular with his house mates if he takes up the hob/oven for an hour unless he persuades them to eat it too!
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24th Aug, 2011
Hello Nex It does look good, doesn't it. Re SnP, add to taste once cooked as salt especially in the dish whilst cooking will make the beans tough. IMHO add the beans 30 or so mins in. Would also add a teaspoon or two (again to taste/your spice barometer) of hot smoked paprika at end of step 1 and fry for another minute or so. Being a chilli addict I'd also up the amount of chillies and leave seeds in! Hardcore!! Take care
24th Aug, 2011
Looks pretty interesting. Gonna do this in a few days. I'm pretty novice though. How much salt & pepper will I need to add to this? In teaspoons?


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