French-style chicken with peas & bacon

French-style chicken with peas & bacon

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
This creamy one-pot chicken dish is a great-value way of feeding the whole family

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal379
  • fat16g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein51g
  • salt1.6g
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  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch spring onions, roughly chopped

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 300ml hot chicken stock
  • 250g frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 1 Little Gem lettuce, roughly shredded
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche


  1. In a large frying pan, dry-fry the bacon over a medium heat for 3 mins until the fat is released and the bacon is golden. Transfer the bacon to a small bowl, leaving the fat in the pan. Add the chicken and brown for 4 mins each side.

  2. Push the chicken to one side of the pan and tip in the garlic and spring onions, cooking for about 30 secs, just until the spring onion stalks are bright green. Pour in the chicken stock, return the bacon to the pan, cover and simmer for 15 mins.

  3. Increase heat under the pan. Tip the peas and lettuce into the sauce and cook for 4 mins, covered, until the peas are tender and the lettuce has just wilted. Check chicken is cooked through. Stir in the crème fraîche just before serving.

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Comments (121)

matt66's picture

Loved this recipe, easy to cook and prepare, dare i say it went down well simply with some french fries. Recommended if you like creamy chicken dishes.

rmitter3's picture

add a 1/2 of heavy cream instead of creme fraiche, and tarragon to be truly french

shirls1's picture

Delicious. The whole family loved it. I thickened the sauce by coating the chicken thighs in plain flour before browning.

alisondefries's picture

This was delicious. I made it with a little extra sauce and then added some cooked new potatoes for the last 4 mins.
Whole family enjoyed it. Will definately make again.

apolloxxl's picture

was tasty, but looked like a pile of green poop.
not sure how to make it look nicer.
used corn flour to thicken, by the way.

rosey1's picture

This is a firm favourite - so tasty and so easy

kuifke's picture

Very tasteful. Served with plain rice

karenneglia's picture

Really tasty, I found the sauce a bit runny (I was serving with roast potatoes) so I added some flour to thicken it up. Gorgeous!

caroline74's picture

Very tasty! As people did above, I added white wine and some thyme. Didn't find the suace too watery. I did reduce it quite a bit before i put in the cream. Had it with buttery mash. Mr Oliver gave it the thumbs up. Will cook it again!

mikeryan82's picture

This was great, i chose to casserole the dish for a couple of hours to soften the chicken up & then finish on the hob. Excellent

jennypiccolo's picture

Really easy to make and extremely yummy!

jenjen81's picture

This is a top recipe - easy to make and delicious. I made it for the family over Xmas - 12 of us - and everyone loved it. Served it with mash, green beans and carrots. yum. Think the next time I make it I might add some cornflour to thicken the sauce but other than that would do everything the same!

katiepolstjanov's picture

Love this recipe! Made it a few times now. I fry some potatoes and let them simmer with chicken. Have aslo used onion instead of spring onion and has woked well.

sazzums4god's picture

Not bad, not bad at all! Flavours are mild but mouth-watering, perfect if you're in the mood for a light dinner. I substituted the bacon for mushrooms and the crème fraîche for low-fat natural yogurt. I left out the lettuce, but the dish worked just fine.

jdaw123's picture

Really tasty, but I added plain flour to thicken, and also thyme for a bit more taste.

Just before adding the creme fraiche I gave the pan 2 mins of full heat to reduce as well.

gemma99's picture

Does anyone know if you can freeze leftovers of this recipe?

mandi1165's picture

Served for supper this evening with new potatoes. Absolutely delicious, very easy and will definitely be cooking again

emmatilley3's picture

ive made this recipe a couple of times now - very easy and delicious! seved with new potatoes and steamed veg.

ef003ef003's picture

Tastes wonderful. Easy to cook as well.

sambatchelor's picture

Easy to make and very tasty. The sauce is thin rather tham creamy, but perfect with mash potato.


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