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Portuguese chicken

This slow-cooked Portuguese chicken recipe is low in calories, has four of your 5-a-day, and can be left to cook for up to 8 hours – perfect for those busy days.

Serves 6

Prep Time 25 min

Cooking Time 6-8hr


  • 2tsp paprika
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground turmeric
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • 2tbsp peri-peri sauce (or curry paste)
  • 2tbsp tomato purée
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, 
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced lengthwise and chopped
  • 250g butternut squash, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 green pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400g can light coconut milk
  • 3tbsp mango chutney
  • 300g brown rice
  • 120g kale, roughly chopped
  • Juice 1 lemon or lime
  • Handful fresh coriander, to garnish
  • 250ml low-fat natural yogurt and 4 mini wholemeal pittas, toasted, to serve


    1. In a large bowl, combine the spices, oregano, peri-peri sauce or curry paste and tomato purée. Add the chicken and stir to coat well.
    2. Heat the slow cooker to high. Using the sauté function, heat the oil, add the onion and garlic and cook for 2–3 min. Or use a non-stick frying pan on the hob, then transfer to the slow cooker.
    3. Add the chicken, vegetables, tomatoes, beans, coconut milk and chutney to the slow cooker. Stir and cover, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 6–8 hr.
    4. About 30 min before the end of the cooking time, cook the rice according 
to the pack instructions. Ten min before serving, add the kale and lemon/lime juice to the curry and stir through.
    5. Serve the curry, garnished with fresh coriander, with the rice, yogurt and toasted pittas on the side.

TIP: Use any leftovers to make a tasty chunky soup – just add a little water 
or stock when reheating.

Nutrition per serving

Read more on how we calculate nutrition.
442kcal 29.3g 12.6g 5.8g 9.1g 18.2g 1.1g 214mg 48.2g 4.9mg

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