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

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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

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  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 (119)

sueandfinlay's picture

I cooked this for my family (of 8) and everyone loved it - from toddlers to hubby. Had to use sour cream, as couldn't get hold of creme fraiche, served it with rice and it went down a treat. will definitely make this one on a regular basis - thank you x

scarer's picture

Really nice but next time I will add cornflour to thicken the sauce before adding the creme fraiche at the end.

louiseandskippy's picture

I cooked the recipe from memory and forgot the garlic, but it was delicious anyway. The peas give a lovely sweetness to the dish. I thought the sauce was going to be a bit thin so added a little flour before pouring in the stock. A simple, quick recipe with great flavours.

liezeldutoit's picture

Nice recipe, but nothing special. The sauce was thinner than I expected, but still nice enough. Not sure I will be in a rush to make this one again

mdehaan's picture

I am eating it now and love it! Used 4 chicken breasts but used the amount of veggies as stated. Just because I like veggies and eating it alone. Baked potato a side works well, rice might too.

rachelmorse's picture

Cooked exactly as the recipe said and it worked perfectly. Very easy and would definitely cook again. Other half loved it!

gemma99's picture

This is so easy to make and extremely tasty. I added mushrooms and replaced the lettuce with spinach. Would definately make this again!

yellowrose852's picture

Made this for my son and husband and was very easy, I used natural yoghurt instead of creme fraiche.

ffowles's picture

Lovely - tasted delicious. I'm not sure I'd even bother with the chicken next time though - it didn't seem to add anything and I think it would be lovely without it! Nice with it though as well.

1william's picture

This is really easy and very tasty. Followed the recipe and made no changes. Will make this again

sally_june's picture

loved this one, so simple yet so very tasty, it will become a favourite I think

minettc3's picture

Lovely, a great all rounder, my hubby & daughter had this with veg & root mash, my son had leftovers with pasta. My kind of dish in these money tight times.

turnersmill's picture

Really, utterly delicious. Simplicity itself to make. Served with mashed potatoes and it was a really lovely and actually quite light meal ( the sauce is lighter than you would imagine)

ian_lee's picture

Added double cream first, then 1 tsp cornflour mixed with water to thicken the sauce. Served over egg noodles (ribbon noodles) excellent !

dianerichardson's picture

I made this the day I received my copy of GF through the postbox.....and have made it twice more since!! It has already become one of our family favourites. Thanks.

deanna1977's picture

Really like this - very easy. Thickened this up with cornflour as I thought the sauce was a bit thin. Also used cream instead of creme Fraiche.

thynk2much's picture

This was so, so easy and completely *gorgeous*. The fresh sweet herby spring onions and the sweet peas give this a real lift. As another commenter observed, the sauce is a thin one rather than creamy in texture, but we served it up on mash and it was absolutely perfect that way. Will make this on a regular basis, I suspect!

joannepd's picture

Really delicious and easy midweek meal. I used half fat creme fraiche and chicken breasts which worked really well. I also added a few button mushrooms and reduced the quantity of peas to 200g as 250g seemed rather alot to me. Served with boiled rice. Will definitely make again.

schubun33's picture

I made this for dinner yesterday and it was incredibly easy to make, the chicken was moist and delicious and the whole dish was very flavoursome. My OH thought the sauce would be thick and creamy which wasn't the case, but it will definitely be added to our recipe binder.


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