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Set it & forget it: slow-cooker stout & chicken stew

By Wendy Ruopp, January 22, 2013 - 1:47pm

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Set it & forget it: slow-cooker stout & chicken stew

Whether you want a healthy comforting weeknight dinner or a delicious stew to enjoy on the weekend (say while you’re watching the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens in the upcoming Super Bowl!), a warming bowl of slow-cooked chicken stew with stout fits the bill with two of America’s favorites: chicken and beer.

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This recipe for Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew has a lot of flavor and it’s healthy too. It features lean chicken thighs and just a little bit of bacon, browned before going into the crock pot, a pound of baby carrots, half a pound of mushrooms and a savory layer of onion and garlic; near the end of cooking, peas are added for color and the final comfort-food touch. You can make it on a stay-close-to-home day, setting the slow cooker to High for 4 hours, or set your slow cooker to Low and come home after 7 or 8 hours to this hearty, substantial, savory, stout stew.

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Here’s the recipe:

Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew
Chicken thighs can take plenty of cooking without getting tough or drying out, which makes them perfect for the slow cooker. Here we braise them in Guinness stout along with hearty vegetables, with just the right amount of bacon for added savoriness.

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What are you making in your slow cooker for dinner this week? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Wendy Ruopp, Food Blog, Budget meals, Dinner, Family meals

Wendy Ruopp
Wendy Ruopp has been the managing editor of EatingWell for most of her adult life. Although she writes about food for the Weeknights column of EatingWell Magazine, her husband does the cooking at home.

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