Chicken chilli con carne

Not too keen on red meat? Try our chicken version of chilli con carne, with all the richness of the classic dish. It’s the perfect sofa supper on cold nights

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:1 hrs
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 346
  • fat 16g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 22g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 10g
  • protein 23g
  • salt 0.5g


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 mixed peppers, sliced (use red, yellow or orange peppers)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small bunch of coriander, stalks finely chopped and leaves roughly chopped
  • ½ tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 tsp chipotle paste
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 4 chicken thighs, bone-in
  • 400g can black beans
  • 400g can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 20g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
  • cooked rice or tortilla chips
  • guacamole and soured cream (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a casserole dish over a medium heat, and fry the onion and peppers for 10-12 mins, or until softened. Add the garlic, coriander stalks, ground coriander, cumin and chipotle paste, and fry for 2 mins more. Tip in the tomatoes, tomato pureé and stock, then add the cinnamon stick. Nestle the chicken thighs into the mixture, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 45 mins or until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken from the casserole and transfer to a chopping board, then shred the meat off the bone using two forks.

  2. Return the shredded chicken to the pan, then tip in the black beans along with the liquid from the can, the drained kidney beans, vinegar and chocolate. Stir well to combine all of the ingredients and melt the chocolate, then turn the heat up to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 mins, or until the mixture has thickened slightly.

  3. Remove the cinnamon stick, season to taste and stir though most, or all of the coriander leaves (you can reserve a few leaves to scatter over at the end, if you like). Serve the chilli with rice or tortilla chips, topped with guacamole and soured cream, if using, and scatter over any remaining coriander.

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