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Spicy Chicken Burrito Bowls with Cheesy Polenta

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These spicy chicken burrito bowls with cheesy polenta are extreme comfort food and surprisingly quick to make! They're the perfect weeknight winter dinner.

These spicy chicken burrito bowls with cheesy polenta are extreme comfort food and surprisingly quick to make! They’re the perfect weeknight winter dinner.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended.

These spicy chicken burrito bowls with cheesy polenta are extreme comfort food and surprisingly quick to make! They're the perfect weeknight winter dinner.

Do you have Timehop? It’s a bit lame but looking through it is often a highlight of my early morning phone-checking-routine. It’s just nice to remember the things I’ve been up to you know?

Will and I often compare notes, chatting about this day a year or two years ago, does that make us sad? Probably.

These spicy chicken burrito bowls with cheesy polenta are extreme comfort food and surprisingly quick to make! They're the perfect weeknight winter dinner.

Anyways, today when I looked at Timehop I saw the photos of the first time I made this meal, exactly a year ago, and I posted it on Instagram before I’d even started this blog.

I can still remember eating it, after I’d come back to London from being at home for Christmas, and all Will and I wanted was a big bowl of comfort food which is exactly what we got from these spicy chicken burrito bowls.

These spicy chicken burrito bowls with cheesy polenta are extreme comfort food and surprisingly quick to make! They're the perfect weeknight winter dinner.

It’s been a while since I posted a polenta recipe. You all know about my polenta obsession but for a while we stopped eating it so much.

I can’t think why we would ever do that because it’s just the best food. A big warm cheesy cuddle, that’s what I like.

(P.S. There are many polenta recipes right >>>here)

These spicy chicken burrito bowls with cheesy polenta are extreme comfort food and surprisingly quick to make! They're the perfect weeknight winter dinner.

So this recipe then. It’s a big heap of tomatoey chicken with onions, peppers, garlic and loads of spices which is cooked on the hob until the chicken is cooked and the whole mixture is all rich and delicious.

While that’s doing its thing you can go ahead and make your cheesy polenta. It’s a fool proof method which just requires, milk, stock, butter, fine polenta and whatever cheese your heart desires!

These spicy chicken burrito bowls with cheesy polenta are extreme comfort food and surprisingly quick to make! They're the perfect weeknight winter dinner.

I used bone in chicken thighs for these spicy chicken burrito bowls. Once they’ve been cooking for a while you can pull them out and strip the meat from them before chucking it back in the pot.

If you can’t be bothered with that of course, you can just use chopped up boneless chicken breasts or thighs.

These spicy chicken burrito bowls with cheesy polenta are extreme comfort food and surprisingly quick to make! They're the perfect weeknight winter dinner.

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These spicy chicken burrito bowls with cheesy polenta are extreme comfort food and surprisingly quick to make! They're the perfect weeknight winter dinner.
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Spicy Chicken Burrito Bowls with Cheesy Polenta

These spicy chicken burrito bowls with cheesy polenta are extreme comfort food and surprisingly quick to make! They're the perfect weeknight winter dinner.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword comfort food, winter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 burrito bowls
Calories 677 kcal
Author Amy

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 700 g Chicken Thighs bone in
  • 2 400g tins Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 Red Pepper chopped
  • 1 Yellow Pepper chopped
  • 1 litre Chicken Stock
  • 1 litre Milk
  • 400 g Fine Polenta
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 150 g Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 50 g Parmesan grated

To serve

  • Avocado
  • Fresh Coriander

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil over a medium high heat in a large pot and add the chicken. Brown on one side for 5 minutes then flip and brown the other side. Remove the chicken from the pot and place on a plate. 

  2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, peppers and garlic. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes, then add the tomatoes and all the spices and return the chicken to the pot. Cover and leave to cook for 20 minutes while you make the polenta.

  3. Bring the milk and chicken stock to the boil in a large pot then add the polenta. Whisk thoroughly and cook for 15 minutes over a medium low heat. Add the butter and cheese and whisk again until everything is combined.

  4. Once the chicken has been cooking for 20 minutes remove the lid and pull out the chicken thighs. Chop up the meat and remove the bones then return the chicken to the sauce and stir together. 

  5. Serve the polenta topped with the chicken and whatever other toppings you fancy. 

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Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chicken Burrito Bowls with Cheesy Polenta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 677 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 597mg 25%
Potassium 458mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 34.1%
Vitamin C 76.8%
Calcium 29.8%
Iron 12.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Jagruti
    31/08/2017 at 8:20 PM

    This dish sounds really tasty! I’d like to cook more with polenta

  • Reply
    colleen kennedy
    31/08/2017 at 9:34 PM

    Mmmm, that’s some serious comfort food right there! Pass me a big ol bowl!

  • Reply
    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    31/08/2017 at 9:41 PM

    Ohh I want that cheesy polenta! This looks so filling and delicious!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    31/08/2017 at 10:37 PM

    Yum! I love how all these delicious flavours come together and the cheesy polenta is a lovely accompaniment!

  • Reply
    Lisa Bryan
    31/08/2017 at 11:02 PM

    I love burrito bowls (way more than burritos!) and love the addition of polenta in this recipe!

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