Chorizo adds a wonderful warmth and subtle heat to this great chicken stew. In short, this is a hearty meal packed with bold smoky and spicy flavours.

6 JULY - WFD – Chicken, chorizo and bean stew

You’ll need: Glug of olive oil; 6-8 chicken thighs and drumsticks; salt and milled pepper; ½ coil (150g) chorizo, sliced; 4-5 baby onions, halved; 3-4 garlic cloves, sliced; 2 Tbsp smoked or regular paprika; 2 Tbsp butter; a handful of fresh basil, stalks removed; 2 cups chicken stock; 1 cup fresh cream; 1 can (400g) butter beans, drained; 1 can (400g) red kidney beans, drained; 1 lime

How to: 

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Heat the oil in a large ovenproof dish fitted with a lid.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and toss together with olive oil.
  • Brown the chicken evenly in batches for about 4-5 minutes each. Remove from the pan.
  • Add the chorizo and fry for 3-5 minutes or until crispy. Remove from the heat.
  • Lower the heat slightly and fry the onions for 6-8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, paprika, butter and basil and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chicken and chorizo back into the pan along with the chicken stock. Cover and bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Add the cream, butter beans and red kidney beans and return to the oven for another 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, add a squeeze of lime juice and season if needed.

Serve with crusty bread, buttery mash or a side salad.

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