Slow Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew

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And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. The holiday season is over and it was a wonderful time surrounded by friends and family. But my clothes is happy it is over! Time for a bit healthier meals, or at least considering it while you are still polishing off the leftovers from all the parties you may have hosted. One dish I was really sorry to not have any leftovers to enjoy was this Slow Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew.

Stout Chicken Stew

I hosted a pot-luck New year’s Eve party this year for 11 of my closest friends. I also decided last minute to go out of town a few days before so I knew I needed a dish that could be prepared after my return but before the party ahead of time, a window of 1 evening as I was working as well. Crock pot was the first thing that came to mind. Just prepare the night before, keep in the fridge over night and turn on the slow cooker for 7 hours in the morning.

Having a can of Guinness already in my fridge I knew this Slow Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew with an Irish twist was the recipe for me. The only thing I modified was the herbs: I increased the thyme a bit and also added a touch of rosemary. You could also cook this stew in 4 hours on High but I personally think it defeats the purpose of slow cooking, but that is just me.

The stew was a big hit that night, as were the many cheeses, foie gras and salad (and whatever I am forgetting). Yet we still had room for the 6 desserts and many multiple delicious alcoholic beverages. It was really a sight and a really fun night.

What did you do to ring in the New year?

Slow Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 7 hours

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: about 1 1/3 cup each

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 pieces bacon, chopped
  • 1 2/3 cups Guinness beer or other stout (14-ounce can)
  • 1 pound whole baby carrots or large carrots cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 8-ounce package cremini or button mushrooms, halved if large
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen baby peas, thawed

Directions

  1. Combine 6 tablespoons flour with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. Dredge chicken thighs in the mixture to coat completely; transfer to a plate.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken and cook until well browned, 2 to 4 minutes per side; transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Reduce heat to medium and repeat with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and chicken thighs. Arrange the chicken in an even layer in the slow cooker.
  3. Add bacon to the pan and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup flour over the bacon and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes more. Add stout and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Add carrots, mushrooms, onion, garlic, thyme and rosemary, spreading in an even layer over the chicken. Pour broth over the top.
  4. Cover and cook until the chicken is falling-apart tender for 7 hours on Low.
  5. Stir in peas, cover and cook until the peas are heated through, 5 to 10 minutes more. Season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.
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1 year 5 months ago

Wow, really WOW! Love how your chicken stew look, Evelyne!!! Your guests must have been so pleased with this meal (I wish I was one of them!). I have to cook slow by myself as I don’t own a slow cooker (yet!). :)

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1 year 5 months ago

Such a delicious chicken stew and so perfect for the occasion too. No wonder there weren’t leftovers! 6 desserts sound awesome to me after a fabulous meal like this one.

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

SUCH A RICH AND COMFORTING STEW….THIS IS JUST THE TIME WE MADE SOME FOR SUPPER TONIGHT,THANKS FOR SHARING:-)

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

I don’t know how you would have had room for 6 desserts after eating this great looking stew! Talk about hearty and packed with flavor! A great use of a Guinness. :) Hope 2014 is off to a great start!

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

It sounds as you had lots of fun at the pot luck party!
Chicken stew is one of my favorite dishes but I never tried it with beer, seems like a great idea and next time I prepare it I’ll do it according to your recipe:)

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The Squishy Monster
1 year 5 months ago

I’ve never used a slow cooker but I think I’ll have to try after reading this recipe!

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

Yum! Sounds like a fantastic winter meal!

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

Lovely hearty stew with such goodness. I am sure it would be perfect for cold winter night supper.

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

I love chicken stews and this one is simply perfect! No wonder why all your guests enjoyed it so much!

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

Mmmm… I made a stew once but it was beef. Maybe it’s time to try chicken.

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

It’s been years since I’ve made a chicken stew…and it would certainly hit the spot with all this awful winter weather!!! Stay warm, my friend, and pass me a bowl 😉

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1 year 5 months ago

Evelyne
I also love dinners that are slow cooked and this recipe looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks for providing this, I can’t wait to try it.

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

Gorgeous colour! It must be very flavourful and comforting!

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1 year 5 months ago

Looks beautiful! I love those slow cooking meals in the Winter. The carrots and the peas look very happy! :)ela

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

That looks so mouth-watering amazing… Too bad they didn’t leave you any left overs – but that’s proof of how good it was!

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

What a lovely and clever dish to serve guests! Entertaining after all doesn’t mean stress and being by yourself in the kitchen! 😀