French-style chicken with peas & bacon

French-style chicken with peas & bacon

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(134 ratings)

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

    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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Fiona Conlon Dunne's picture
Fiona Conlon Dunne
19th Jun, 2018
Adore this recipe! I’d recommend using cornflour to thicken the sauce, doubling up on the garlic and using half fat crème fraîche! Really quick and yummmmm!
25th Mar, 2018
Really delicious, just added cornflour to thicken the sauce at the end and used chicken breasts instead of thighs. Clear plates all round!
18th Jan, 2018
Liked this just as it was. No need to change a thing.
17th Jan, 2018
Great, simple, midweek meal. Deflected somewhat from the original recipe: Added tarragon, used bone in chicken thighs, added Greek yoghurt (rather than creme fraiche), onions (instead of spring onions) and celery and 100ml white wine, all seasoned well for a tasty, reasonably priced meal. Served, as another suggested, with potato wedges. Would definitely make again.
25th Apr, 2017
A good all round family recipe. Make the sauce slightly thicker and serve with rice and green beans or asparagus (or both)
21st Apr, 2017
This is a favourite in our family though the dish has evolved slightly now in that I add a tablespoon of mild curry powder to give some warmth to the sauce and also some cornflour to thicken it up slightly so not so runny.
28th Jul, 2016
Used bone in skin on thighs and browned well, onion, fatty bacon, home grown peas and lettuce. Addition of tarragon and fresh parsley. Cooked 40 mins. Only had fresh cream too. Looked fresh and summery. Went down a treat with all the family. Children loved it. Will make again def need a glug of wine though.
21st Jun, 2016
Very nice dish. Reduced the amount of stock as advised by other comments. Added more garlic (personal preference). Served with potato wedges. Might add a splash of white wine next time.
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5th May, 2016
Enjoyed this today. Only variation was a challot in place of the spring onions, also served alongside some sliced jersey royals as on its own it did not look much. I notice that the recipe does not suggest any seasoning and did not use any however the OH said she felt it lacked seasoning. This is one recipe we will be using again but with slightly less fluid
11th Apr, 2016
This was really yummy although I changed some of the ingredients. I used half fat creme fraiche, added new potatoes, carrots & mushrooms. I didn't add the lettuce or the peas & I didn't have any spring onions so I just used a normal onion, chopped. I think next time, I would use chicken breast instead of thighs though (just a personal preference). Will definitely be making again - a lovely, quick & easy one pot meal!


22nd Jun, 2018
Really simple and delicious. Don’t add salt, the bacon takes care of that. Sauce is runny, but PERFECT with a mound of buttery mash. I would probably thicken it if I was serving without potatoes.
6th Oct, 2014
Whereabouts on each recipe does it say whether you can freeze?
6th Oct, 2014
Where in the recipe does it say whether you can freeze or not?
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