French-style chicken with peas & bacon

French-style chicken with peas & bacon

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(118 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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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.
12th Mar, 2012
Made this dish for the family and everyone enjoyed it. I used weight watchers low fat creme fraiche as I am on a diet and also added some tarragon which gave it great flavour. Found the sauce a bit thin so used a small amount of cornflour to thicken. Served it with wild rice and sugar snap peas. Will definitely make this one again and may also add some mushrooms. A great recipe for those doing slimming world.
9th Mar, 2012
Deliciously creamy, definitely left me with a smile on my face whenever I tried making this. Aaaaand I reckon I've got to make it again in the near future, for sure!
21st Dec, 2011
Loved this dish. I served it with mash, and thought the sauce was fine - although maybe needed a bit more of it! Will definitely do this one again!


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