French-style chicken with peas & bacon

French-style chicken with peas & bacon

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(125 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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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.
27th Jun, 2013
Cooked this last night and it went down an absolute dream! Used cabbage instead of baby gem and cream instead of creme fraiche (naughty) and added some parsley... so delicious. The sauce is thin but I thought this was great as it made the meal lighter and was great mopped up with some mash. Firm favourite in my house.
29th May, 2013
made this tonight and really enjoyed it. I followed the recipe and also put a few sliced mushrooms in and served it with mashed potato.
20th May, 2013
this dish was very easy to make and very nice I used pancetta instead of the bacon because i had it in, Ive made it twice now 1 with chicken stock and the other with veg stock, both tasted equally good.
28th Jan, 2013
I love it!! I cook it quite often now as everybody loves it so much!! very tasty ;-)
31st Dec, 2012
You have got to try this recipe! A firm fave. The lettuce was a nice touch and adds to the dish. We serve with warm crusty bread and I only put a tiny bit of crème fraîche if any in.
26th Oct, 2012
Tastes great, added a bit more stock, white wine, a little corn flower and some parsley. Will definitely be a new mid week favourite!
25th Oct, 2012
it says that you can freeze this , can I ask at which stage, and what are the reheating instructions?
28th Sep, 2012
I also added a little flour to thicken the sauce. I swapped the bacon for smoked goose, didn't add cream, seasoned with black pepper and it was really lovely. Very pretty too and will definitely make again.
28th Sep, 2012
This was really tasty, I served it on rice pasta and it was a really easy, midweek supper. I used pancetta and cooked for longer in a low oven before adding the lettuce, peas and creme fraiche (I used half fat). Like others I thought the sauce was too thin so thickened it with cornflour before adding the final ingredients.


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