When I was in Guernsey in August, we had breakfast at Octopus one day and they served homemade baked beans.

I wasn’t sure what to expect but they were delicious!

When I came home, to Glasgow, I wanted to try and make them myself – a slightly healthier alternative and much more tasty than the baked beans we know, from a tin.

One night, I didn’t know what to make for dinner (don’t we all have this problem?!) and I decided to make baked beans and add smoked paprika and chicken.

I remembered that Tom Kerridge had made his version on his programme, so I searched for his recipe as a starting point.

What a treat it was! In fact, I’ve had requests from husband to make the dish again and I’ve had messages on Instagram to give you the recipe. So here it is! Feel free to tweak as you like, I always do!


2 medium chicken breasts

2 chopped cloves of garlic

1 medium white or red onion, sliced

1 tin of haricot beans

1 tin of butter beans

1 tin of kidney beans

(or instead of a tin of each, two tins of mixed beans – not the type in vinegar – M&S do tins for stews and a tin of kidney beans)

400g passata

1 tablespoon of tomato puree

1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar

100ml red wine vinegar

3 teaspoons of smoked paprika

Optional – 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds


  • Add a tablespoon of rapeseed oil to a hot casserole (I love my cast iron Le Creuset with lid) and add the onion, then garlic. Stir for a minute
  • Add the chicken, cut into bite sized pieces and stir until they are starting to colour (don’t cook through as they will cook through when you put in the oven)
  • Add the tomato puree, sugar and red wine vinegar and stir (don’t let it stick!)

  • Now add the smoked paprika, passata and beans – stir
  • Bring to the boil and put the lid on – cook on the hob for 10 minutes
  • Put into the oven for around 30 minutes, lid on
  • Take the lid off, for the last 10 minutes, to help reduce the liquid, if required
  • Optional – add chopped peppers, garnish with chopped parsley or chopped coriander

Doesn’t look much but man it’s tasty! Need to work on my presentation skills for my posts, clearly!

To serve, I like to boil some baby potatoes, then crush them with the back of a fork, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a nice sprinkling of sea salt flakes. The husband goes one step further and adds cheese to the top of his and then grills for a few minutes.

That’s what I love about cooking. I make things I like, adapt other people’s recipes to my liking and develop some new ideas for other dishes while I’m doing it!

Voila! Do try the recipe and if you’re posting to social, tag me @laurafromaura on Insta, so I can see how it turned out!

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