Chicken, bacon & potato stew

Chicken, bacon & potato stew

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(43 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 4 hrs - 6 hrs, 30 mins


Serves 6

Chicken casserole is even better when slow-cooked for hours so you have a delicious dish to come home to

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal284
  • fat13g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt1.7g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 12 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 200g shallot



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  • 350g baby new potato, larger ones halved
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  • few thyme sprigs


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  • 200ml white wine
  • 500ml hot chicken stock
  • 280ml pot buttermilk (optional)
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  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tarragon, chopped



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  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, or if your slow cooker has a browning function, then use this. Brown the chicken thighs for about 10 mins, until they have a nice golden colour, then remove and set aside. Tip in the bacon and shallots, and brown these, too.

  2. Tip everything apart from the buttermilk, lemon juice and 1 tbsp tarragon into your slow cooker. Simmer on High for 4-6 hrs, until the chicken is really tender and falling off the bone.

  3. Check the sauce; if you like it a little thicker, strain liquid into a pan and boil until thickened. Pour in the buttermilk, if using, and whisk until smooth. Sprinkle in the lemon juice and remaining tarragon, season, then return chicken, bacon and veg if you need to.

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8th Apr, 2020
Delicious recipe and really easy to make.
14th Sep, 2018
I read the comments before making this so was aware that others had said that the sauce was too watery or that it was not enough for 6 people. I bought 6 chicken thighs from the butchers and these were much bigger than the supermarket ones. The weight for the 6 was 1.8kg, so maybe if you are getting smaller ones get a few more. Also 350g of potatoes is not enough for 6, I used 1kg. Alternatively, serve with bread as others suggest. At the end of the slow cooker time I skimmed the stew as quite a bit of fat had come out of the bacon.
31st Jul, 2018
I used carrots and parsnips, normal back bacon and a couple of spoons of double cream added in at the end instead of the buttermilk. Absolutely delicious
10th Aug, 2017
This recipe was absolutely delicious, even though I didn't follow the recipe exactly. I used skin-on chicken thighs (really couldn't be bothered taking the skin off!), browned them really well, and it didn't mess up the dish in any way. So if you're short for time or lazy like me, just leave the skin on. I left out the tarragon and lemon juice because I didn't have any handy. Used red onion instead of shallots, creme fraiche instead of buttermilk, and Lidl smoked bacon lardons. The sauce was plentiful, and very thin! I decided not to thicken it and instead bought a big crusty loaf and mopped up the sauce with it. It was gorgeous and I'll definitely be making it again!
Rachael Harris
10th Jan, 2017
Started cooking this and then realised it is for a slow cooker! Any tips on time if cooking on the hob?
nicky le f
31st Oct, 2016
Nice enough, but nothing special. Felt it needed another element - maybe dumplings - for extra interest
6th Oct, 2016
An easy and hearty recipe but as others have said very thin sauce (even after reducing for 10 minutes+) and really not enough to serve 6!
21st May, 2016
Says serves 6, but I reckon it's a good meal for 3. I coated the chicken in cornflower before frying (as mentioned below), but the sauce was still thin, but we enjoyed it all the same. I used the crème fraiche tip (below). There was a lemon taste to the sauce, so may omit the squeeze of lemon next time. May substitute some potatoes with other veg's next time - any recommendations? Will definitely make it again. Very tasty :-)
8th Jan, 2017
I put in a carrot and mushrooms and these work well. I also thicken the sauce by adding cornflour instead of boiling down.
18th Apr, 2016
As others have said, this is good BUT sauce is very thin (might try cornflour next time) and the quantity of chicken is ridiculously small IMHO. I didn't cook the potatoes with it (take too long to cook), and used boneless thighs for speed. I used the creme fraiche tip (below) and left out tarragon as my family hates it. Went down well though, i will cook it again


7th May, 2020
How would you reheat this recipie?
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11th May, 2020
Hello, You'd need to reheat this slowly and carefully or the sauce might split, bring it to a simmer and cook until everything is heated through, but don't boil it. I hope this helps.
15th Dec, 2013
I thickened my sauce by adding some cornflour to it, made a big difference.
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