One-pot chicken & bacon stew

One-pot chicken & bacon stew

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Serves 8
Cook a batch of this delicious family favourite and you'll always have a satisfying meal to hand

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal736
  • fat46g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein60g
  • salt1.74g
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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 16 chicken pieces on the bone (about 3kg/6lb 8oz in total)



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 140g smoked bacon, chopped or lardons or cubetti di pancetta



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 4 medium carrots, thickly sliced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 onions, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 75ml white wine or cider vinegar
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tbsp double cream or crème fraîche
  • 600g small new potatoes, halved
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

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    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 12 large white mushrooms, quartered



    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • chopped herbs, such as parsley, tarragon or chives



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole with a lid. Fry the chicken pieces in batches for 5 mins on each side until well browned, then transfer to a plate. Sizzle the bacon in the casserole for a few mins until beginning to crisp. Stir in the carrots and onions, then cook for 5 mins until starting to soften. Stir in the flour and tomato purée and cook for 1 min more. Finally, splash in the vinegar and stir well.

  2. Pour in the stock and bring to a simmer. Add the bay, cream and seasoning. Slide in the chicken pieces and scatter over the potatoes, turning everything over a few times so that the potatoes are immersed in the sauce. Put the lid on and place in the oven. After 40 mins, remove from the oven and stir in the mushrooms. Cover again and cook in the oven for 10 mins more until the chicken is cooked through and tender but not completely falling off the bone. You can now turn off the heat, and chill and freeze some or all of it (see freezing tips, below). If eating straight away, cook for 10 mins more, then sprinkle over the herbs and serve.

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Comments (96)

avrilt1's picture

Made this using low fat creme fraiche. Very tasty. Will be making again.

smmccarthy9175's picture

I have made this twice now and everyone love it.

qmpete79's picture

My wife is lactose intolerant, so would the dish be lacking if I simply left out the cream altogether? If anyone's tried it, I'd be grateful for any tips or dairy free cream alternatives.

madmum123's picture

This is a superb!!! Very easy to make and looks great :-)

bean_mother's picture

Just made this. Simple to put together and really tasty. A good mid-week supper.

rhianthomas1984's picture

Lovely stew, full of flavour and so easy to make. I used low fat creme fraiche to reduce the calorie intake and everyone loved it! Will definately make this dish again.

kathrynv's picture

Really great family meal. Easy to make and really very tasty. My family are not big fans of meat on the bone, so I made it with chicken breasts cut into large chunks. It worked very well - they stayed nice and moist. Will certainly be making this again.

poshpause's picture

This got the thumbs up from my exceptionally pernickety family. Unfortunately we had bought extra thick double cream, but it didn't seem to matter, as it all dissolved into the sauce without a problem. I served it just with some broccoli and everyone ate every scrap. :) We'll definitely do this one again!

jeandeakin's picture

Really enjoyed the Chicken stew. Not one complaint from anyone in the family and a compliment from my son! (very rare)

anne55's picture

This looks great. Liandi I would probably put mushrooms in instead of bacon. Chicken and mushrooms go so well together.

jburton's picture

anna you could use drumsticks but i do agree with Dalesgirl i would personally use thigh, i feel they give a better flavour and dont dry out:o)

jburton's picture

liandi Hi there, i dont see any reason why you cant just leave out the bacon alltogether, and just continue with the rest of recipe as it is. There are some lovely flavours in there so i dont think it would matter. Enjoy:o)

mumsdw123's picture

can you leave out the bacon or substitute with something else. i am muslim therefor does not cook with any pork/bacon

mumsdw123's picture

can you leave out the bacon or substitute with something else. i am muslim therefor does not cook with any pork/bacon

sallyjenkins43's picture

Of course you can use drumsticks (they are on the bone as recommended) however, I think you can't beat thighs in a stew as they don't dry out.

annagrima's picture

I tnink that this is going to be a family favourite. would love to try it out very soon. Can I use drumsticks?


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