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Chicken, bacon & potato stew

Chicken, bacon & potato stew

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 4 hrs - 6 hrs, 30 mins


Serves 6

Chicken casserole is even better when slow-cooked for hours so you have a delicious dish to come home to

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal284
  • fat13g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt1.7g
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  • 1 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…

  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 12 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 200g shallot



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 350g baby new potato, larger ones halved
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

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

  • few thyme sprigs


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 200ml white wine
  • 500ml hot chicken stock
  • 280ml pot buttermilk (optional)
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tarragon, chopped



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, or if your slow cooker has a browning function, then use this. Brown the chicken thighs for about 10 mins, until they have a nice golden colour, then remove and set aside. Tip in the bacon and shallots, and brown these, too.

  2. Tip everything apart from the buttermilk, lemon juice and 1 tbsp tarragon into your slow cooker. Simmer on High for 4-6 hrs, until the chicken is really tender and falling off the bone.

  3. Check the sauce; if you like it a little thicker, strain liquid into a pan and boil until thickened. Pour in the buttermilk, if using, and whisk until smooth. Sprinkle in the lemon juice and remaining tarragon, season, then return chicken, bacon and veg if you need to.

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busy-mum's picture
23rd Nov, 2014
Very easy & tasty but would make it with boneless thighs next time as taking the bones out was a bit fiddly for me having a 14 month old to consider
22nd Nov, 2014
Tasty and I would make again. It was very watery - I didn't read the comments until after I had made it!
19th Oct, 2014
I was a bit hazardous to rate this as a 4 star recipe, however it all got eaten so it can't of been that bad! After reading back on previous ratings about it being too watery, and not wanting to have to faff with straining to reduce the sauce, I decided to halve the quantity of chicken stock and used 2 big dollops of creme Fraiche instead of buttermilk. It still came out very liquidy but packed a whole lot of flavour! So it was more of a "broth" than a sauce in my opinion. I think next time I will ditch the stock all together as I did find it slightly too salty for my tastes - possibly from then bacon though? But overall I definitely think it was worth the effort and it was overall a tasty dish!
12th Oct, 2014
Lovely! Followed the instructions, added 3 very big tbsp. of crème fraiche about 10mins before the end, instead of using buttermilk. It ends up a little watery, but great to mop up the juices with some HM bread. A huge hit with us :)
10th Oct, 2014
Didn't have buttermilk so used creme fraice, came out well. Nice recipe
6th Oct, 2014
Made this a couple of times now, so easy & very tasty. I sieved out the sauce, reduced it down & then added the buttermilk a bit at a time whilst whisking and......Success, no splitting! I did still find that the sauce is a very thin consistency, next time I may substitute the potatoes for carrots & serve with a pile of creamy mash, mmmm Ps, no shallots so just sliced up a couple of onions.
10th May, 2014
So easy in the slow cooker. Have made this multiple times for families with new babies and is always popular with adults and children. I tend to add carrots and peas to increase the veg content and add homemade bread to mop up.
jackiedenise's picture
28th Feb, 2014
Lovely warming dish, tasty dish, not much clearing up either because it has everything in already.
24th Feb, 2014
This is really delicious. Used some crusty bread to mop up all the juice and replaced buttermilk with creme fraiche. Try it, try it!!
Pee's picture
9th Feb, 2014
Made this for the second time last night doing exactly the same as last time - delish. I removed the potatoes from the leftovers (they were a bit too soft after freezing the last time) and plan to turn them into a pie with puff pastry. Nom nom


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