Mexican Chicken Chilli with Yellow Tomato Salsa

Delia Smith's spicy chicken chunk chilli is packed with punchy Mexican flavours - use red tomatoes for the salsa if yellow are not available
By Delia Smith
Mexican Chicken Chilli with Yellow Tomato Salsa
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  • Serves: 2-4
  • Cook Time: 2.5 hours 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 1 kg boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 6 green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 25 g fresh coriander
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large onions, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp heaped cumin seeds, dry-roasted
  • 250 g pinto beans, pre-soaked and drained
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 570 ml hot chicken stock
  • 1 tsp tabasco
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 225 g mozzarella, grated
  • 65 ml double cream
  • 1/2 limes, juice only
  • black pepper

For the salsa

  • 250 g yellow (or red) tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 small red onions, peeled and very finely chopped
  • 1/2 limes, juice only
  • few drops tabasco

Tips and Suggestions

You will also need a lidded, flameproof casserole with a capacity of 3.5 litres.

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1. Start by stripping the coriander leaves into a small bowl, then cover it with clingfilm and pop it into the fridge.

2. Now chop the coriander stalks very finely. Next, heat the oil in the casserole and, over a gentle heat, cook the onions, garlic, chillies and coriander stalks for about 10 minutes, stirring once or twice until softened.

3. Meanwhile, grind the roasted cumin seeds to a powder in a pestle and mortar, then add them, along with the drained beans, to the casserole and stir. Now sprinkle in the flour and give it another good stir. Next, gradually add the stock, followed by the Tabasco sauce and a little salt, bring everything to a simmer and cook, covered, on the lowest heat possible for 1.25-1.5 hours, until the beans are tender.

4. In the meantime, make the salsa. Simply combine half the reserved coriander leaves and the rest of the salsa ingredients and add seasoning. Mix well, then cover and leave aside to allow the flavours to develop.

5. When the chilli has had its initial cooking time, deseed the pepper and cut it into 1cm pieces. Then stir the chicken and pepper into the casserole, season well with salt and freshly milled black pepper, cover, and simmer for a further 30 minutes.

6. In the meantime, mix the Mozzarella with the cream, then, when the 30 minutes are up, add it to the casserole. Simmer gently, uncovered, for a further 20-25 minutes, stirring now and again, by which time the cheese should have melted and formed a smooth sauce.

7. Finally, stir in the lime juice and the remaining coriander leaves. Serve with a little rice and a green vegetable, such as runner beans, and hand the salsa round separately.

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