Spanish chicken stew

Hello hello! Gosh, it’s been a while hasn’t it? I’m sorry – I didn’t mean to abandon you! My other site Railway Weddings has been monopolising my time a bit, plus we’ve just been away to the fairytale island of Aero in Denmark for a wedding where the food and wine never stopped flowing. Now however, I’m back in rainy, cold Edinburgh and in need of some warming – but non-fattening – comfort food.

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I picked up a lovely chorizo in Waitrose on special offer so I was trying to think of something to make the most of that – and lo, the Spanish chicken stew was born! Hope you enjoy it.

5:2 recipe: Spanish chicken stew – 400 calories

Ingredients – serves 4

  • 400g M&S skinless and boneless chicken thighs: 540 calories
  • 150g red pepper, chopped: 39 calories
  • 130g Unearthed Chorizo Spicy Sarta Ring, sliced: 660 calories
  • 50g red lentils (dry): 159 calories
  • 6 medium tomatoes, skinned and chopped: 133 calories
  • 1/2 large Spanish onion, sliced: 30 calories
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika: 20 calories
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornflour: 17 calories

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  • Fry the chorizo in an oven-proof pan until it goes crispy and starts to release its lovely paprika-flavoured oil. Remove with a slotted spoon leaving the oil in the pan.
  • Add the chicken thighs and brown on all sides, then remove from the pan and put to one side with the chorizo.
  • Add the onions and smoked paprika to the pan and cook slowly until softened, then throw in the chicken and chorizo, along with the pepper, lentils, tomatoes and a good slug of water. Stir well then cook in a medium oven for around half an hour.
  • Once the time’s up, take the stew out of the oven and have a look – if the sauce is still very liquid, drain it over a saucepan, add some cornflour and cook until thickened before adding back to the stew pan.

This is perfect served on its own but if you do have spare calories, a hunk of fresh bread or small portion of rice would go nicely too.


Kirsty this does look tasty for so few calories. Cheers

PS I’ve got my very first ever giveaway running over at Carole’s Chatter. Hope you stop by