Chicken chilli

Chicken chilli

Like chilli con carne, this chicken chilli is all about the mix of fragrant spices and heat, subtly mellowed with a touch of chocolate added at the end. Also it’s a brilliant one-pot meal and tastes even better the next day, so it’s a good dish to make ahead.

Each serving provides 696 kcal, 35g protein, 91g carbohydrates (of which 11g sugars), 18g fat (of which 6g saturates), 15g fibre and 1.5g salt.


To serve


  1. Heat the oil or lard in a saucepan and gently fry the onion for about 10 minutes, or until softened.

  2. Add the garlic, oregano, bay leaf, cumin, chilli powder, paprika and coriander stalks and continue to cook on a low heat for a minute.

  3. Add the chicken, beans, passata, stock, cider vinegar and salt. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chocolate and cook for another 5 minutes.

  4. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Scatter over the coriander leaves and serve with rice, sliced avocado and a dollop of soured cream.

Recipe Tips

This chilli can be stretched to feed a crowd by adding more beans or chicken, or by doubling or trebling the recipe and adding extra accompaniments such as tortilla chips, jalapeños and salad.