This Chicken and Chorizo Stew is the ideal midweek meal. Throw everything into the Slow Cooker in the morning, and a Spanish style casserole is waiting when you get home.
Packed with flavour and colour, this Chicken and Chorizo Stew is a taste of sunshine on even the greyest of winter days.
Throw it into the slow cooker in the morning and come home to it bubbling away ready for dinner.
I like to add some peppers and olives before serving with rice, mashed potatoes or baked potatoes. Enjoy!
You’ll love this recipe because:
✅ No browning or pan frying needed.
✅ Packed with punchy flavours.
✅ Leftovers freeze brilliantly.
FAQs about the Chicken and Chorizo Stew
Which Slow Cooker do you use and recommend?
I use: Morphy Richards Sear & Stew Slow Cooker (it’s light and you can use it for browning on the hob too).
For induction hob users: Lakeland Digital 6.5l Slow Cooker
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Do I REALLY not need to brown the chicken or chorizo?
You don’t need to but if you want to, go for it.
I guess it adds maybe, 10% more flavour? Honestly, I’m willing to take that shortcut midweek for an easy morning where I can just throw the ingredients into the slow cooker though.
What type of chicken should I use?
I used skinless/boneless chicken thighs, but you could also use skinless/boneless chicken breasts.
Be sure not to overcook the chicken breasts though as they can dry out.
Is this recipe spicy?
I’d say it’s very low spice (depending on the chorizo you use), suitable for children. You can adjust the amount of spice by using less or more paprika, or substituting hot paprika or sweet smoked paprika. Can I cook this in the oven or on the hob instead?
Can I cook this recipe on the hob or oven if I don’t have a slow cooker?
You can cook this recipe in the oven but be sure to use a lidded casserole dish.
You’ll need to cook it at 180C for about 1 – 1.5 hours or until the meat is soft and tender. You will need to add additional liquid (water or more tomatoes) to the pot to ensure it doesn’t dry out (a cup or two and keep an eye on it) as cooking in an oven can dry out in a way that a slow cooker doesn’t.
Can I leave out the olives and/or peppers?
Sure. Make it work for your tastes. I like the peppers for extra vegetable quota and the olives add some tang and bite. (My kids just leave them!)
What should I serve with the Chicken and Chorizo Stew?
- Potato wedges
- Cous cous
- Baked potatoes
- Tortilla wraps
- Mashed potatoes
Can I freeze this recipe?
Yes, you can freeze any leftovers. Defrost and reheat thoroughly when you want to enjoy them.
Alternatively, you can freeze all of the ingredients in a bag raw as a ‘dump’ meal and then cook.
Can I prepare this recipe the night before?
Yes. Throw everything for the initial cook into the slow cooker, pop the lid on, then store in the fridge overnight. In the morning put it into the slow cooker and remember to switch on!
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Chicken and Chorizo Stew - Slow Cooker Recipe
To 'dump' in the Slow Cooker:
- 1 kg Skinless Boneless Chicken Thighs
- 225 g Chorizo ring Cut into big chunks
- 1 Onion Peeled and chopped
- 3 Cloves Garlic Peeled and chopped
- 800 g Tinned tomatoes 2 Cans
- 2 tsp Ground cumin
- 2 tsp Paprika
- 2 tsp Dried oregano
- 2 tbsp Tomato puree
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 Orange Peppers Chopped into large chunks
- 150 g Pitted Olives
- Throw all of the 'dump' ingredients into the slow cooker.
- Cook for 4 hours on HIGH or 6 hours on LOW.
- Before serving break the chicken up into large chunks using forks.
- Option 1: Add in the peppers and olives and put back into the slow cooker on HIGH for a further 30 minutes until softened.
- Option 2: Pop the peppers and olives into the microwave in a bowl for about 3 minutes or until softened. Stir through the stew and serve.