Comfort Food: Three Bean Mexican Chicken Stew

April 25, 2017

There is nothing better than a warm bowl of comfort food full of flavour which delicately touches your soul. Comfort food is nostalgic, possibly even sentimental, and is often used when a person is either stressed, sad or has some other negative emotion. It is associated with unhealthy, high-carbohydrate or high-sugar based food but it doesn't necessarily have to be this way. Indulgence can be good for not only your taste buds but also your body. Comfort food is idiosyncratic and is unique depending on culture and country. 

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Mexican food is the perfect comfort food. The blend of spices used in Mexican cookery provides a certain warmth and flavour to food which can add light to the dark depths of your soul. This homemade Three Bean Mexican Chicken Stew is the perfect way to fulfil this want.


Serves Four:

  • 4 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 2 red onions, diced
  • 1 can of butter beans
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato purée
  • 1 carton of chopped tomatoes
  • 250ml of water
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Freshly torn coriander leaf


  • Add the diced chicken to a lightly oiled pan and cook until the chicken has browned.
  • Then add the diced onion and pepper and fry until soft.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of tomato purée in addition to the carton of chopped tomatoes and 250ml of cold water.
  • Add all the herbs and spices and combine well. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • In a separate pan, gently heat all the beans ensuring they don't boil. After around 5 minutes, drain and add to the pan containing the chicken and combine well.
  • Gently heat for 5 minutes.
  • Spoon some into a bowl making sure you get all the elements of the dish and add some torn coriander leaf for some freshness.
  • I served mine with new potatoes, spinach and kale.
  • Tuck in and enjoy!

Enjoy this meal hot straight out of the pan or cold.

If you tried this recipe, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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