Saucy chili chicken

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5 min


4 to 6 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 10 minutes


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 500 g ground chicken , or lean ground beef
  • 1 green bell pepper , seeded and chopped
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp hot red-chili flakes
  • 750-mL jar meatless tomato sauce , about 3 cups


  • Heat oil in a large wide saucepan set over medium heat. Add chicken, pepper, onion, chili powder and chili flakes. Cook, stirring often with a fork to keep meat crumbly, until it is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, from 5 to 10 minutes to blend flavours.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 299,
  • Protein
  • 16 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.6 g,
  • Fat
  • 15.7 g,
  • Fibre
  • 3.5 g,
  • Sodium
  • 713 mg.

If you have some ground chicken or beef, or chicken breasts in the freezer, you can have this kid-pleasing dinner ready in no time. Serve over fun-shaped pasta, rice or couscous.

Chicken breast express

Heat oil in a wide frying pan. Add 4 to 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts and cook over medium-high heat until they lose their pink colour, about 2 minutes per side. Add pepper, onion, chili powder and chili flakes and stir often until vegetables begin to soften, about 1 minute. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Bring to a boil. Cover pan and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until chicken feels springy, about 10 minutes. Turn chicken and stir sauce halfway through cooking time. Remove chicken and toss sauce with pasta. Serve chicken on top.