Spicy chicken and butter bean casserole

    3 hours 40 min

    A mildly spicy casserole of sweetcorn, butterbeans and shredded chicken thigh meat. Preparing the chicken thighs may seem like a lot of work, but is definitely worth it. If necessary, substitute breasts and simmer for a shorter time.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 3 whole cloves
    • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 600ml chicken stock
    • 4 skinless chicken thighs
    • 1/2 medium onion, diced
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 (400g) tin diced tomatoes
    • 1 medium-sized red chilli, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
    • 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds
    • 200g fresh sweetcorn kernels
    • 1 (400g) tin butterbeans
    • generous handful roughly chopped fresh coriander leaves

    Prep:40min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr40min 

    1. In a dry pan, toast the cloves and cumin seeds. Grind together using a pestle and mortar and mix with the chilli flakes, garlic powder, white pepper, chilli powder, paprika, oregano and salt.
    2. In a large pan, bring the chicken stock to a slow boil. Add the spice mix and stir until it has mostly dissolved, then add the chicken thighs. Ensure the thighs are almost completely submerged; if they are not, add more stock or water. Reduce the heat to a very gentle simmer and leave the pan, half-covered, for approximately 2 1/2 hours.
    3. After 2 1/2 hours, remove the chicken thighs from the stock. Reserve the spicy stock for later.
    4. Shred the chicken into bite sized chunks (it should be tender enough to break apart very easily). Set aside.
    5. Heat a casserole on a medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the stock. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. During this time, if the garlic and onion begin to stick, moisten with another small amount of the stock.
    6. When the onion and garlic are soft, pour in what remains of the spicy stock. Add the diced tomatoes, chilli, coriander and cumin seeds. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
    7. Add the sweetcorn, butterbeans and shredded chicken. Simmer for another 5 minutes. If the mixture becomes too dry, add some more water, or stock.
    8. While hot, stir in the fresh coriander leaves. Serve with boiled rice.

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    Lovely Recipe. added more oregano towards the end of cooking and used chicken breasts instead of thighs. I didnt have cumin and corriander seeds in so I used tsp of Cumin powder and tsp corriander powder instead.  -  10 Jun 2012


    Have done this recipe loads of times, a bit time consuming as the chicken takes a few hours to slow cook but it is well worth it as the end result is a lovely flavored chicken dish just perfect for winter. I have used butter beans or chickpeas and have omitted the sweetcorn on occasions and have added extra chili . The whole family love this dish and if there are any left over's ( not often) it reheats well.  -  17 Jan 2015