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cooked spicy chicken stew in a Le Creuset cast iron casserole pan on a wooden board, next to bowl of fluffy basmati rice scattered with chopped coriander

Our spicy chicken casserole recipe is super tasty. Flavoured with BBQ sauce and a kick of heat from chilli flakes, this easy midweek dinner will be a total family favourite in no time!

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Spicy chicken casserole is just so great for weeknight dinner during the winter. It’s super easy to make and tastes delicious, this is a family meal the kids ask for time and time again.

Tender, delicious chicken breast pieces, simmered in a smoky BBQ tomato sauce with added vegetables. It’s bursting with flavour and goes super well with lots of different side dishes – rice, mashed potatoes or fries for an easy dinner idea. It’s one of my favourite recipe ideas to cook!

Spicy Chicken Casserole Ingredients

spicy chicken casserole recipe ingredients. Chicken breast, tinned tomatoes, BBQ sauce, red pepper, red onion diced, cubes of pancetta, smoked paprika, oregano and chilli flakes on a small plate
  • 150g smoked pancetta cubes – I buy these because they’re already chopped up into little cubes so I don’t need to bother doing it – but feel free to just use a 2-3 rashers of smoked bacon instead simply snipped into pieces.
  • Red onion – you can use brown if you prefer or that’s what you’ve got in .
  • 400g chicken breast – cut into bitesized pieces, you can use chicken mini fillets for this recipe if you prefer.
  • Red pepper – deseeded and diced. Again feel free to swap this for green, orange or yellow pepper.
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 150g BBQ sauce – don’t bother weighing this out, just do two really big squeezes of the bottle and it’ll be around the right weight. I use HP Classic BBQ sauce as this is the one we usually have in for sausage barmcakes!
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes – if you don’t like spice, skip these or sprinkle them on after serving – just for the people that like the heat.
  • Salt and pepper
  • 150ml water

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How to make spicy chicken casserole

I make this spicy chicken dish in a hob to oven shallow casserole dish with a lid.

If you don’t have this type of casserole dish then simply do the hob parts of the recipe in a frying pan and then tip into a casserole dish with a lid for the oven cooking.

Okay – to make our casserole recipe, just follow the simple steps below.

  • First up preheat the oven to 180C
smoked pancetta and red onion being fried in olive oil in a le creuset casserole pan
  • Next add the olive oil to the pan and fry the onions and pancetta (or bacon if you’re using that) over a low to medium heat for around 5 minutes.
  • Then add the diced chicken breast and continue to fry in the olive oil until the chicken meat turns a white colour on the outside. This should only take around 5 minutes – keep stirring as it cooks.
chicken breast, smoked pancetta, diced red onion, diced red pepper, tin of tomatoes, dollop of BBQ sauce along with smoked paprika, dried oregano and chilli flakes in a Le Creuset cast iron casserole pan
  • Then add the tinned chopped tomatoes, the BBQ sauce, the diced peppers and the smoked paprika, oregano and pinch of chilli flakes.
chicken breast, smoked pancetta, diced red onion, diced red pepper, tin of tomatoes, dollop of BBQ sauce along with smoked paprika, dried oregano and chilli flakes in a Le Creuset cast iron casserole pan
  • Pour in the water and give everything a mix together. Then cook in the oven, with the lid on for 1 hour.
cooked spicy chicken casserole in a Le Creuset cast iron casserole pan on a wooden board
  • After an hour remove the spicy chicken casserole from the oven. Check the chicken is cooked though properly and that the vegetables are tender.

I use this meat thermometer to check the chicken temperature to make sure it’s heated through

  • It doesn’t usually, BUT – if the spicy chicken stew needs thickening you can do this by adding a couple of tsp of cornflour to a drop of cold water and mixing into a paste. Then just stir this through the casserole and cook for a minute or two to thicken up the sauce.
cooked spicy chicken casserole in a Le Creuset cast iron casserole pan on a wooden board

I usually sprinkle a handful of chopped coriander over the BBQ chicken casserole to serve.

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What to serve with chicken casserole

Our spicy chicken casserole has a lovely smoky BBQ flavour with a kick of heat from the chilli flakes so it’s perfect served with fluffy rice and a sprinkling of Cheddar cheese.

Maybe even a handful of nachos for scooping it all up with. It’s also delicious served with…

  • Couscous
  • Sweet potato mash
  • Oven chips

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Can I freeze chicken casserole?

You can freeze our spicy chicken casserole. When I freeze this, I do it the day I make it. I Just cool thoroughly then put into a freezer container or freezer bag and pop it in the freezer.

I use it within 1 month of freezing. When using the chicken casserole be sure to defrost it properly and reheat it properly.

How to use up leftover chicken casserole?

Our spicy chicken casserole is delicious served next day wrapped in soft flour tortillas with rice and Cheddar cheese.

You could also use the leftover casserole to make little spicy chicken pasties or stir through pasta.

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Yield: Serves 4

Spicy Chicken Casserole

cooked spicy chicken stew in a Le Creuset cast iron casserole pan on a wooden board, next to bowl of fluffy basmati rice scattered with chopped coriander

A tasty spicy chicken and pepper casserole recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil 
  • 150g smoked pancetta 
  • 1 red onion - diced 
  • 400g chicken breast - diced 
  • 1 red pepper 
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes 
  • 150g BBQ sauce 
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • pinch salt 
  • pinch black pepper 
  • 150ml water 

Instructions

  1. Firstly preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Next add the olive oil to the pan and fry the onions and pancetta (or bacon if you’re using that) over a low to medium heat for around 5 minutes.
  3. Then add the diced chicken breast and continue to fry in the olive oil until the chicken meat turns a white colour on the outside. This should only take around 5 minutes – keep stirring as it cooks.
  4. Next add the tinned chopped tomatoes, the BBQ sauce, the diced peppers and the smoked paprika, oregano and pinch of chilli flakes.
  5. Pour in the water and give everything a mix together. Then cook in the oven with the lid on for 1 hour.
  6. After an hour remove the spicy chicken casserole from the oven. Check the chicken is cooked though properly and that the vegetables are tender.

Notes

It doesn’t usually, BUT – if the spicy chicken stew needs thickening you can do this by adding a couple of tsp of cornflour to a drop of cold water and mixing into a paste. Then just stir this through the casserole and cook for a minute or two to thicken up the sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 495Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 515mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 37g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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