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

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    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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9th Aug, 2012
I cooked this for the first time this evening and really enjoyed it. Very simple recipe which produced moist chicken and flavoursome sauce. It was purse friendly too which is always a bonus for a mid-week meal. I think next time I cook this dish I will serve it with buttery mashed potato rather than rice as it absorbed a little too much of the sauce once on the plate.
11th Jul, 2012
Totally delicious, hubby and 3 kids enjoyed - that doesn't happen very often! Will def make again soon
4th Jul, 2012
Great recipe, I used half fat creme fraiche and added green beans and mange tout to up the veg count, served with plain rice. I'm on weight watchers and was a good recipe to use - used chicken breasts instead of thighs, still plenty of flavour and not at all dry. Will definitely make again.
28th Jun, 2012
Great, easy, cheap meal with lots of flavour for relatively few ingredients. I actually loved that the sauce was thin (I see some others didn't) as it made for a nice, light, everyday meal rather than a richer, once-in-a-while dish. I replaced the lettuce with savoy cabbage (cooking for a little longer) and served with boiled rice. Highly recommended.
4th Jun, 2012
Really tasty, went down well with my fussy 4 year old! I coated the chicken with seasoned flour before browning as suggested here. I would like to make it again with bone-in thighs, anyone know how much longer I would need to cook it?
4th May, 2012
One of our all-time favourite recipes! So simple and perfect every time, have even passed it round to people at work and have never come across anyone that doesn't love it..
25th Apr, 2012
Really delicious - full of flavour! I also added 1 leek at the same time as the spring onions which i would highly recommend.
11th Apr, 2012
Thumbs up from my diners. Used egg noodles to accompany, as recommended by another boarder. Only used 100g of peas, 250 would be far too much imo, but used 3 tbsp of creme fraiche. Yet another recipe which will get a reprise!
25th Mar, 2012
Made this a lot and is a favourite in my house. Lot's of flavour's come pouring out. I served this up with roast potatoes and it's the best all round. Tip with roast potatoes - On about 30 mins cooking take them out the oven and use a potato masher and squash them down so they split a bit and flatten out not too much though, then put back for the other 15 mins. You won't taste any better honest..
17th Mar, 2012
Just cooked this tonight for the first time and really enjoyed it. Would perhaps cook it with slightly less bacon next time as found it quite salty but overall was delicious. I used chicken breasts instead of thighs and worked nicely.


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