French-style chicken with peas & bacon

French-style chicken with peas & bacon

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(124 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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31st Mar, 2014
Easy and tasty supper dish, I think next time I'll use chicken thighs with bone in, which will make it more economical for an everyday meal. If serving for a guest meal again , I'll be tempted to add some wine/mushrooms/extra creme fraiche to dress it up a bit.
13th Mar, 2014
Yum. Used unsmoked bacon cos I find smoked is a bit much for my two year old. As a result needed some seasoning (post getting-2-year-olds-dinner-out, of course). Shouldn't be as good as it is considering how simple it is, but really yum.
19th Nov, 2013
I personally found this rather sickly and probably won't make again. Perhaps some mushrooms and less creme fraiche?
7th Nov, 2013
It wasn't amazing but it did taste good! I would make this again.
16th Oct, 2013
Lovely, lovely dish, followed recipe almost exactly, used half fat creme fraiche and added a handful of sliced mushrooms that were lurking in the bottom of the fridge. This recipe is a keeper.
15th Oct, 2013
Wonderful - I dusted the chicken with flour before browning as suggested and added some dried tarragon to the stock. The result was a lovely sauce with no need to add corn flour. I served it with garlic and rosemary roasted new potatoes which complimented the dish beautifully.
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23rd Sep, 2013
I thought this was deceptively delicious. So tasty and not complicated at all, not even calorie laden although it tastes so. Will definately make again. High recommended. Oh and I followed the recipe exactly and served with mash.
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20th Sep, 2013
I love to cook this for my family and friends, I've never cooked it and had someone not like it as of yet and I've been doing this one for 3-4 years! I like to serve it with new potatoes boiled in the pan and homemade dumplings added to the pot 5 mins before the end! Absolutely love this dish!
13th Sep, 2013
Super recipe. Love the crispy texture of the lettuce. The sauce is light and perfect for serving with a fluffy baked potato to mop up all the flavour.
11th Aug, 2013
A regular for some time in our house. My partner and three year old love it too. Tasty, quick, easy - everything you want from a midweek meal.


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