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Easy 5-Ingredient Spanish Chicken Chorizo Dinner

Written By: Byron | January 27, 2024
A bowl serving of chicken chorizo dinner.

When it comes to easy dinner options, you really can’t beat this easy 5-ingredient Spanish chicken chorizo dinner recipe. It’s a one-pot recipe made with chicken pieces of your choice (thigh, drumstick, quarters), Spanish chorizo, sherry, cannellini beans, and chicken stock. Simply throw all ingredients into a casserole dish and bake. Yep, it’s that easy to make! 

The result is a rich and warming stew that cooks the meat until it falls off the bone. The rich spice from the chorizo-infused sausage and oil seeps into the beans and gives the dish an incredibly intense flavor, and no other spices or herbs are required.

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Serving:

Main for 4-6

Ready in:

1 hour

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Fresh bread

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How to Make Easy 5-Ingredient Spanish Chicken Chorizo Dinner

  • Serves: 4-6 main meal servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook time: 55 minutes
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 35 oz. (1kg) chicken pieces (thigh, drumstick, quarters – bone-in, without skin)
  • 3.5 oz. (100g) fresh Spanish chorizo, cut into 1-inch (2.5cm) pieces
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) dry sherry 
  • 14 oz (400g) cooked cannellini beans (if canned – rinse, drain first) 
  • 1 cup (8 fl oz./250ml) chicken broth (store-bought or homemade)

Serving suggestions:

  • Steamed white rice
  • Quinoa or couscous 
  • Your choice of greens
  • Steamed or roasted veg

Equipment needed

  • Large casserole dish approx 12×10 inches (30x25cm)
  • Tongs

Method

Step 1 – Preheat Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F. Prepare chicken broth

Step 2 – Roast Chicken and Chorizo

  • Place the chicken pieces and chorizo in the roasting pan. 
  • Roast on the middle shelf of the oven for 20 minutes or until the chicken starts to brown. 

Step 3 – Add Sherry and Beans

  • Add the sherry and roast for 5 minutes or until the liquid has reduced. 
  • Next, add the beans and the chicken stock and roast for another 35 minutes. 
  • The chicken should be cooked through and around half of the liquid will have been absorbed. 
  • Season to taste with a little salt and pepper and serve. (Note: don’t overseason as the chorizo sausage will have plenty of salt already).

Cooking Notes:

  • No extra seasoning is required for this recipe. There is plenty of flavor and salt from the chorizo sausage and chicken broth. 
  • Use low-sodium chicken broth for best results. 

Note: ‘Broth’ Is a term commonly used in the USA. In other parts of the world, ‘stock’ is a term more commonly used to describe a cooking liquid that is made by simmering down animal bones with vegetables in water. You can find more information in this detailed ‘Broth vs. Stock’ article by Martha Stewart.

          Chicken thighs sit beside some chorizo sausage, white beans, and sherry.

          Easy 5-Ingredient Recipe

          When we were making this recipe, we wanted it to be as hassle-free as possible with very little ‘hands-on’ cooking. 

          This is the perfect recipe for a busy weeknight meal when you are short on time as it has just 5 minutes of prep (cut the chorizo and add everything to a casserole dish or roasting tray). Cooking time is 55 minutes and you’ll only need to remove it from the oven once during cooking, to add the beans and stock. 

          This stew recipe is also fantastic as it uses only 5 ingredients (chicken pieces, Spanish (raw) chorizo sausage, white beans, sherry, and chicken broth.

          Why this Recipe is So Good

          • Easy to make 
          • Just 5 minutes prep
          • Uses just 5 ingredients (no seasoning is required)
          • One-pot recipe
          • Ready in 1 hour
          • Rich and warming
          • Full flavored
          A bowl serving of chicken chorizo dinner.

          Typical Spanish Casseroles and Stews

          This recipe is an adaption from the many different types of oven-baked casseroles found in Spanish cooking. One of the most famous with white beans (fabadas) is Fabada Asturiana, a rich and hearty bean stew made in the Northern Asturias region of Spain. Traditional Fabada consists of various cuts of pork and sausage meat (morcilla and Chorizo), white beans, and a salty broth. 

          While the typical Fabada Asturiana is a fantastic recipe, it does take a few hours to make. We love this easy 5-ingredient Spanish chicken chorizo dinner recipe as it only takes one hour, uses one pot, has just 5 simple ingredients, and is still an incredibly flavorful and rich dish.

          What Beans to Use?

          We used canned white cannellini beans (white kidney beans) for this recipe. You could use any type of white bean such as Lima beans, Navy Beans, or even chickpeas will work. We opted for store-bought beans from the jar, simply for convenience (that’s what this recipe is really all about!). Be sure to rinse them under some fresh water before cooking with them. 

          If you prefer to use dry beans, be sure to check the packaging instructions on how to prepare them for cooking. 

          Cooking beans

          The beans will be very soft once cooked for 35 minutes and will literally be falling apart. This adds a lovely thick consistency to the dish and can be enhanced if you mash the beans once cooked. 

          Best Chicken Pieces to Use

          We used bone-in skinless chicken thighs for this recipe. Once the chicken is cooked, it will easily fall off the bone and is very tender and juicy. We opted for skinless chicken thighs as they are lower in fat compared to the skin-on variety. Find more chicken thigh recipes here

          Chicken drumsticks also work well for this recipe and have plenty of flavor when roasted. Stripping the drumstick meat from the bone is also not too difficult, although it is a little more challenging compared to chicken thighs. If you love chicken drumsticks, these recipes work very well with them: garlic chicken with sherry (pollo al ajillo), and chicken chilindron (cooked with ham, veg, and spices)

          Chicken quarters are another excellent option. Quarters are larger than chicken thighs, so be sure to check that your chicken is cooked thoroughly. The best way to check is to use a meat thermometer and check the internal temperature of the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F/74°C

          Chicken breast meat will also work, although breast meat tends to dry out more when baked in the oven. When using breast meat, cut it into 1-inch/2.5cm strips so it cooks faster and more evenly. Check the chicken breast meat a few times during cooking to ensure it is not too dry and that is covered in broth and juices. If you love chicken breast, try this roasted chicken breast with romesco sauce, or grilled chicken breast with a tangy marinade

          Use Spanish Chorizo (Or How to Sub It)

          Spanish chorizo is different from Mexican chorizo. Use raw/fresh Spanish chorizo for this recipe. Raw chorizo is found in the cold food (chilled meat section) of supermarkets and it requires cooking before consumption. Alternatively, ask your local butcher for fresh chorizo or try a specialty Spanish food store. 

          This fresh type of chorizo is made with ground pork meat and spices, typically garlic and Spanish paprika. Once it’s cooked, the fat from the meat reduces and infuses with paprika making a delicious oil that soaks into the other ingredients while cooking.

          You can use Mexican chorizo (red, not green) and make some adjustments:

          • Add extra smoked paprika – Spanish chorizo typically has more paprika than Mexican, so add 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika to the dish to give it a more similar flavor. 
          • Add more garlic – Both types usually come with garlic but Spanish often has more. Check the packaging of your Mexican chorizo and if there’s no garlic, add ½ teaspoon of garlic powder while cooking. 

          Here are more chicken and chorizo recipes: Spanish chicken and rice (arroz con pollo), and spicy chicken, chorizo, and rice

          Cooking with Sherry

          Sherry is a great ingredient to cook with and works well with so manyany meats or poultry. It helps to soften the meat and adds a richness in flavor that you don’t get when using just water or stock. We use dry sherry in this recipe, as opposed to sweet. 

          This type of sherry is inexpensive and can be found in liquor stores (ask for ‘dry cooking sherry’) or supermarkets depending on where you live. For those cooking for children, don’t worry, as the alcohol content of the sherry is removed once the liquid evaporates.

          Serving Suggestions

          This recipe is great on its own and is perfect for a wooly winter evening when served in a bowl with a few hunks of fresh bread on the side. It is very rich and loaded with flavor, and the smell while cooking is incredible! 

          The quantities stated in this recipe will serve 4-6 comfortably, but if you prefer to stretch it out, serve it alongside some steamed rice or your choice of grain and your favorite greens or veg for a balanced meal. Here are some side ideas for inspiration:

          Nutrition Facts

          Servings: 6

          Amount per serving

           

          Calories

          256

          % Daily Value*

          Total Fat 13.8g

          18%

          Saturated Fat 4.2g

          21%

          Cholesterol 112mg

          37%

          Sodium 428mg

          19%

          Total Carbohydrate 4.4g

          2%

          Dietary Fiber 2g

          7%

          Total Sugars 0.3g

           

          Protein 27.4g

           

          Vitamin D 0mcg

          0%

          Calcium 39mg

          3%

          Iron 1mg

          6%

          Potassium 322mg

          7%

          *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

          A bowl serving of chicken chorizo dinner.
          A bowl serving of chicken chorizo dinner.

          Easy 5-Ingredient Spanish Chicken Chorizo Dinner

          Byron
          This easy 5-ingredient Spanish chicken chorizo dinner recipe is a one-pot recipe made with chicken pieces of your choice (thigh, drumstick, quarters), Spanish chorizo, sherry, cannellini beans, and chicken stock. Simply throw all ingredients into a casserole dish and bake. Yep, it’s that easy to make!
          5 from 2 votes
          Prep Time 5 minutes
          Cook Time 55 minutes
          Total Time 1 hour
          Course Chicken, Main Course, meat, stew
          Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean, Spain
          Servings 6 main
          Calories 256 kcal

          Equipment

          • Large casserole dish approx 12x10 inches (30x25cm)
          • Tongs

          Ingredients

          • 35 oz. 1kg chicken pieces (thigh, drumstick, quarters - bone in, without skin)
          • 3.5 oz. 100g fresh Spanish chorizo, cut into 1-inch (2.5cm) pieces
          • 1/4 cup 60ml dry sherry
          • 14 oz 400g cooked cannellini beans (if canned - rinse, drain first)
          • 1 cup 8 fl oz./250ml chicken broth (store-bought or homemade)

          Instructions
           

          Step 1 - Preheat Oven

          • Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F. Prepare chicken broth

          Step 2 - Roast Chicken and Chorizo

          • Place the chicken pieces and chorizo in the roasting pan.
            35 oz. 1kg chicken pieces (thigh, drumstick, quarters - bone in, without skin), 3.5 oz. 100g fresh Spanish chorizo, cut into 1-inch (2.5cm) pieces
          • Roast on the middle shelf of the oven for 20 minutes or until the chicken starts to brown.

          Step 3 - Add Sherry and Beans

          • Add the sherry and roast for 5 minutes or until the liquid has reduced.
            1/4 cup 60ml dry sherry
          • Next, add the beans and the chicken stock and roast for another 35 minutes. The chicken should be cooked through and around half of the liquid will have been absorbed.
            14 oz 400g cooked cannellini beans (if canned - rinse, drain first), 1 cup 8 fl oz./250ml chicken broth (store-bought or homemade)
          • Season to taste with a little salt and pepper and serve. (Note: don’t over season as the chorizo sausage will have plenty of salt already).

          Video

          Notes

          Cooking Notes: 

          • No extra seasoning is required for this recipe. There is plenty of flavor and salt from the chorizo sausage and chicken broth. 
          • Use low-sodium chicken broth for best results.
          • ‘Broth’ Is a term commonly used in the USA. In other parts of the world, ‘stock’ is a term more commonly used to describe a cooking liquid that is made by simmering down animal bones with vegetables in water.

          Nutrition

          Serving: 300gCalories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 4.4gProtein: 27.4gFat: 13.8gSaturated Fat: 4.2gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 428mgPotassium: 322mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.3gCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
          Keyword 1 hours recipe, Beans, chicken, Chicken and chorizo, Chicken thighs, chorizo, easy stew, meat stew, Sherry, white beans

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