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 onions

    Spring onion

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    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 (122)

sambatchelor's picture

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

wendykeating's picture

One of our all time favourites. I add asparagus (in season) or mushrooms. I omit the creme fraiche and add baby new potatoes to make a wonderful one-pot dish.

rossiep's picture

This is lovely - I first had it at a friend's and have since made it myself. Lots of compliments and so easy!

elsvuijsters's picture

I forgot to give this great recipe stars....!

elsvuijsters's picture

I made this recipe last night and it was delicious! I used free-range deboned chicken,250ml. homemade chickenbroth and 50ml. white wine.Also did thicken the sauce at the end with alittle cornflour.I served it with steamed new potatoes,wonderfull,wonderfull! Had a glass of chilled rosé and it made a great summer meal,and...easy!

sammendez1's picture

A great dish if you want something quick to make after a long day.
I found there wasn't enough fat from the bacon to cook the chicken so I added a little oil to prevent sticking.
I served with thinly sliced, grilled potatoes. Yum!

iglehart's picture

Absolutely delicious - we'll definitely have this one again. So fresh and the chicken cooked perfectly. My boyfriend had over rice and I had over a bed of lettuce, shaved carrot and cherry toms to save on carbs. A real favourite!

lwills's picture

Made this last night for my partner and me. I used more stock as I was adding lots of veg (courgette, dwarf beans, peas). Even if I hadn't used more stock this sauce would have needed thickening, so cornflour is needed. I found it quite bland tasting, so added a a load of thyme and a good glug of white wine. Tasted far much better! Not got the wow factor that other recipes I've done have had, so will probably not add to my repertoire.

GuidoLondon's picture

Remove about 500ml of the liquid before finishing ... brilliant recipe.

fidorka's picture

This was absolutely delicious! I did not have frozen peas at that time so used corn instead, and a bit of asparagus. The chicken was tender and moist, the sauce lovely. I liked the fact that it did not need any extra seasoning, or salt as the bacon gave it loads of flavour. We had it with boiled rice. Making again very soon.

patto4795's picture

Very very tasty dish and quick to do. After reading the comments about the thickness of the sauce, i decided to toss the thighs in seasoned flour before browning them and then followed the rest of the recipe (using the other tip about slightly less peas). The sauce turned out just right and we had it with buttered jersey potatoes - SCRUMPIOUS!

lizzafezza's picture

Really tasty and quick, enjoyed by all the family including my 17 month old. I used chicken breasts and reduced cooking time a bit.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

I added cornflour as the sauce needed to be thickened as mentioned above and then forgot to add the creme fraiche! Even so, the result was still good. Served with new potatoes.

cooleyville's picture

I took advice from others and added a bit more cornflour. We really enjoyed this and but my suggestion is to use a good quality bacon. I think the smokeyness from the bacon adds a certain layer to the overall flavor.

maoski's picture

quick easy and yummy, i even had enough of the liquid left to take to work the next day as a hot soup ;)

bethocallaghan's picture

Sauce thin - but didn't think that was a problem really. I served it with hot buttery, garlicy macaroni (didn't have any french noodles in). Really nice - might add mushrooms like someone suggested next time.

oatsie100's picture

Well, i've added a dash of white wine and cut a little from the stock, not added the creme fraiche, peas and lettuce yet and can hear my husband making delighted sounds from the kitchen, so am assuming all is well. Oh and it smells good!

pauliepops66's picture

I love this recipe. First time I made it, I forgot to put the creme fraiche in, and it was still lovely. Made it again last night (with the creme fraiche!),

kirsty69's picture

My family loved this recipe and I will definately be making this again......

lindamays's picture

I loved this recipe (also can vary it as well) will definitely make it again


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