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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2012

Jim Romanoff
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Ingredients

Directions

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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 and thyme, spreading in an even layer over the chicken. Pour broth over the top.

  • Cover and cook until the chicken is falling-apart tender, 4 hours on High or 7 to 8 hours on Low.

  • 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.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Trim chicken, chop bacon; prep onion and garlic; defrost peas. Refrigerate in separate containers.

Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

366 calories; 13.1 g total fat; 88 mg cholesterol; 552 mg sodium. 28.2 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (56)

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56 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2019
My family loves this recipe and asks for it often. It's perfect for a cold night. I serve it over mashed potatoes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2018
I made this yesterday and thought it was fantastic and filling. I think the stout is key to loads of flavor. I followed the recipe minus the peas and would definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
07/11/2017
Agree with Linderz09. I liked the idea but it was a very bland taste. and for the calories per serving it honestly isn't very filling. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/23/2017
Liked the idea of it Didn't care for for the taste. Very bland kind of a musty earthy dirt taste from the combo of mushrooms and stout. Needs LOTS more salt pepper & herbs. Maybe vinegar or lemon to brighten the taste & start w half the beer. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2017
Our family enjoyed this tasty recipe. I made a few changes: added Chef Paul Prudhonne's Poultry magic and increased the garlic and thyme amounts. I cut the thigh meat into bite-sized pieces before cooking. I served the stew over mashed potatoes. Delicious!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2017
This was very good but quite bland so the next time I made some changes. We're on a low-sodium diet so I didn't want to increase the salt. I added garlic onion powder and smoked paprika to the flour I dredged the chicken in. I increased the number of garlic cloves to 6. I added two minced shallots to the chopped onion to up that flavor. I also added 1 tsp dried marjoram with the dried thyme. Like others I used bone-in thighs and removed the skin before cooking. Delicious and this is definitely going into rotation for our meals. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/21/2017
Made a few changes. First I used whole wheat flour instead of AP... healthier and added a nice nutty flavor. I also added some onion powder garlic powder and smoked paprika to the dredge mixture for more flavor. I doubled the bacon and added extra garlic and thyme as well as fresh parsley and some worcestershire sauce. Lastly I used chicken thighs bone in and by the time it was done cooking the bones just slid out. I think this helped make it much more flavorful my BF and I loved it served it with some homemade Guinness bread. Delicious. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2017
I noticed some stated it was bland. I added 1 teaspoon minced dried garlic to the flour to dredge the chicken in. I added 2 T balsamic vinegar and 2 T Worcestershire sauce to the stout mixture and extra minced garlic and poultry seasoning on top of veggies. I used fresh thyme instead of dried. Served with mashed potatoes and sweet rolls. It was fantastic. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/18/2017
I followed this recipe with the exception of less chicken. It had no flavor. I even added a bit more seasoning. It was so bland I ended up throwing half of it out. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2017
This was delicious great for a cold day. None of us like peas so we didn't use them. I also used canned mushrooms because I didn't have fresh ones on hand. Still turned out yummy. The Guinness flavor is not overbearing which is good for me because I don't like Guinness. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2016
My husband and I really loved this. Husband says it needs more starch or needs to be served over starch like potatoes or noodles. He made it with a Bourbon Barrel Porter that he and a friend made and the broth was very rich and very tasty. He also used 1/2 teas of Morton Lite Salt instead of 1 teas of regular salt. My baby boomer palate didn't need to add more salt at the table which is a win for us. He also used a full pound of mushrooms and 1 tbsp of dried thyme instead of 1-1/2 teas. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2016
This turned out very well for us. The only real change I made was to add 3 stalks of celery sliced. The carrots were just barely tender - next time I think I will cut them in smaller pieces. The whole family enjoyed this and we will certainly make again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2016
Any thoughts Hi- has anyone given this to their children? I know that alcohol is meant to evaporate whilst cooking but not sure about using alcohol in a slow cooker when you're not allowed to even lift up the lid during the cooking time. Any thoughts? Pros: Easy to make Cons: Use of alcohol? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2016
Outstanding easy comfort food I made this for dinner anticpating a blizzard because it seemed like the perfect antidote to the cold. And indeed it was! I know nothign about beer so I bought something called Kalamazoo Stout. The sauce was fabulously rich and all the veggies/meat cooked beautifully. I served it over mashed rustic russets and that was excellent. I froze the rest and I'm thinking it will be even better the next time. Pros: Lots of veggies very healthy Cons: Need to serve it over something Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/27/2015
Yuck worse slow cooker recipe I have ever made. Terrible flavor time consuming prep barely edible and I followed to a t. Go for another Pros: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2015
This is a keeper Love the easiness of crock pot cooking. I found myself adding additional salt on my portion to bring out the flavors. Next time I will try the Worcestershire sauce that may work. I liked the thick gravy it made as well. Delicious! Pros: NULL Cons: NULL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/13/2015
Good Flavor I added a very large chopped yam mid-cooking time and also at the beginning used six strips of bacon cut into one inch pieces. Used sea salt (fine) and 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce also (may increase another teaspoon next time. I don't know why some say there is no flavor. It was great and the yam even added a hint of sweetness. Will definitely make again. The bacon was smoked Applewood bacon so maybe that helped. At any rate this is a keeper. Pros: Winter Comfort Food Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2015
Fantastic This is an awesome recipe. I only made a couple of changes. Added another beer and extra veggies. Pros: Hearty stew with great taste and veggies Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2015
This was a quick and easy recipe big on flavour and loved by the whole family - even by my husband who hates chicken he went back for seconds! Will definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2014
Simple and Delicious! This recipe was delicious. My entire family loved it from the hubby to the little ones. Pros: Easy! Cons: No cons Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2014
Delicious on these cooler evenings We loved this recipe! I used a whole package of mushrooms (1 pound) added three smallish potatoes and 3 stalks of celery (sliced thin). I used a kind of salt pork something like pancetta (but better) instead of bacon. The only other change I made was to add a couple of splashes of Worcestershire sauce as recommended by some reviewers. My gravy was a little thin probably because of the extra mushrooms but the taste was exceptional. We will certainly have this again - it renewed my faith in chicken cooked in the slow cooker. Pros: Except for the stout ordinary ingredients Cons: Prep time is quite long due to number of veggies to chop Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2014
I made this stew with chiken broth instead of beer since i had all the ingredients except the stout. It was totally awesome. My family couldn't get enough. Next time I will use the stout. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2014
Excellent I would definitely make this again. I followed the recipe except added extra bacon. My family loves bacon. I prepared it the day before put in the fridge and the following morning all I had to do was turn it on. Pros: Great Taste Cons: Took a lot of time to prepare Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2014
COMFORT FOOD to the nth degree I loved it! I usually like lots of spices but this satisfied. It tasted like chicken pot pie sans the dough. I like the idea of adding a bay leaf. I also added extra garlic and pepper. It was the perfect antidote to a cold long day. Pros: Wonderful texture creamy sauce chicken falls apart easily Cons: PerHAPS a bit on the bland side. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2013
Fantastic Chicken Stew This turned out to be a fantastic slow cooker chicken dish. The combination of the chicken vegetables and stout made for a hearty dish. Several reviewers described the dish as bland but I found it to be very flavorful. I did season the dish more than what was called for in the recipe. One reviewer suggested a couple shakes of Worcestershire sauce which I added and it definitely gave the dish some punch. A definite thumbs up for this stew. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2013
Broth = deal breaker? Made this many times last winter and just made it again for the first time this season. It's still really delicious and I'm totally baffled by the complaints of it being bland. I was thinking maybe the broth people are using isn't flavorful enough? I use Better Than Boullion chicken flavor (it is not reduced sodium) and follow recipe. I don't add any herbs or Worcester sauce and it is anything but bland. It is just so soooooo yummy. Pros: Delicious cheap beer bacon Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/01/2013
Wasn't a fan The stew turned out thick and not watery which was nice but I didn't like the flavor maybe the guiness was too strong? Not sure. Anyway I used turkey thighs instead of chicken because they were bigger and easier to debone used an extra 2 pieces of bacon. Pros: Thick relatively inexpensive Cons: Too much prep time for a crockpot meal Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/10/2013
Hearty aromatic but needs zip Like other reviewers we found this bland. I had high hopes while preparing it and smelling it all day. The finished product was a nice consistency not watery like some slow cooker recipes chicken falling apart tender but I had to add a lot of salt when eating to give it some zip. I will try again adding to it maybe worcestershire bay leaves and a dash of dijon. It definitely has potential. Pros: Smells great nice consistency tender chicken Cons: Bland Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/22/2013
Bland not worth the time Extra prep time made this not an easy crock-pot dish - had to do the extra work before I went to work in order to let it cook all day. Result was very bland and boring - felt I needed to apologize to my guests. Too many good recipes on this site to waste your time (or Guinness) on this one. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/04/2013
All for Naut Added extra measures of some seasonings worcestershire sauce & fresh parsley. With adding extra bacon the finished product had no hint of bacon flavor whatsoever and the stout gave it a funky bitter taste. Maybe a marsala wine would have fared better. Pros: Smells wonderful while cooking chicken very tender. Cons: For all the prep time wonderful ingredients and clean up time this dish disappointed. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2013
worth the effort Made this last night. My prep time was well over an hour with about 1/2 hr for clean up. The only modifications I made were using turkey bacon and EXTRA Stout Guiness. Thighs held up really well to the slow cooker but you have to trim them and remove some of those funky little grisly pieces. The browning before hand gives them a head start so cook time (on low) could probably be 6 hours. Had friends over for dinner and all of us loved this flavorful fragrant stew. Not sure why reviewers thought it did not have flavor. Served it over rice with a salad. A really nice meal on a cold night. Pros: flavorful hearty Cons: long prep time Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2013
Spice it up and this stew is Awesome! This is an amazing stew if you doctor it up a bit. I made the following changes at my husband and I found it is fantastic! 6 pieces of bacon instead of 3 A beer and a half instead of just 1 beer 4 chopped onions instead of 2 7 cloves of garlic instead of 4 Add a 12 baby potatoes halved or quartered triple the amount of thyme Add a few tablespoons of worchestershire sauce or so and a few tablespoons of paprika Add a few pinches of cayenne pepper With these changes the stew is wonderful!!! Pros: Healthy stew with great ingredients Cons: Needs more spice and... Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2012
Lacks flavor After all that time spent prepping I was very disappointed in the lack of flavor. I couldn't taste the Guinness at all. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2012
Hearty stew for a cold winters night While this may require some prep work before the slow-cooker it is well worth it. The only change I made was to add a few dashes of Worchestershire Sauce at the end. I didn't find the taste to be overly stouty which was a concern because I don't like strong alcohol flavors in my foods (not a fan of marsala recipes). The flavors were well balanced. I found this to be a perfect recipe. It turned out thick and hearty; which I found to be perfect because it was cold outside. I made biscuits brushed with butter garlic powder and parsley flakes. A recipe will make again! Pros: Hearty thick tasty. Cons: Not a set it and forget it slow-cooker recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2012
Umami After reading all the reviews I had some ideas for tweaking. I lightly salted the thighs before dredging (the salt tends to fall to the bottom of the flour mix) and also added a little salt to the flour mixture. I also added two packets of sodium-free chicken broth which I think made the sauce/gravy a little more succulent. I forgot the mushrooms dang it which I think will add to the savory flavor when I make it again. I was short on time so I cooked it on high for about 5 hours...that was a mistake I think since the chicken thighs completely fell apart but it tasted fine. I added some chunked up fingerling potatoes which were perfect. I also left half of the onion in larger chunks just cuz I love big chunks of onion in stew. I tasted the gravy after about three hours (figuring the chicken was cooked by then!) and was dismayed to taste a harshness--I think the alcohol had not completely cooked off...thankfully though by the time we ate it it was deee-licous. Pros: Tastes great set and forget once the prep work was done Cons: Prep work was a pain Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2012
Delicious This is a wonderful recipe. I used mostly chicken breast and added more pepper. It turned out wonderfully tender and the flavor from the stout was excellent. The cooking time and the amount were just right. I highly recommend this for a family dinner. Enjoy!!! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/17/2012
Where did all those great flavors go?? Bacon! Guinness! Chicken dredged in seasoned flour! Considering all the great ingredients that went into this it had next to zero flavor! I added more salt pepper garlic and thyme during preparation and we still added lots of salt (to try to save it) while we were eating it. I might try it again just because it has potential (and I bought 4 cans of Guinness). Worcestershire (sp?) might help. Pros: Hearty Cons: Bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2012
A Hit with the Young and Less-Young Although the nearly 45 minutes of pre-Crock Pot cooking required was a drawback the rewards of a hearty flavorful and bountiful stew made this recipe more than worthwhile. For our family of four this is a dish that lends itself nicely a to serve half freeze half plan. Thank you for publishing this delicious savory alternative to my typical Crock Pot fare. Pros: declicious complex flavors relatively easy to prepare Cons: rather extensive labor pre-slow cooker Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2012
Chicken and Stout Stew I made this tonight for dinner. I did use center cut bacon and probably a little more stout then called for.. I'm not sure what some are talking about it being bland. I followed the directions to the letter in terms of the spices and it came out great! My boyfriend loved it. I did serve it with french bread. Pros: Easy to put together. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2012
Delicious! The dark stout completely made this dish. The flavors are amazing. It was just as good the next day! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2012
Full of flavor This quickly became a family favorite. It is easy and quite delicious. We did not find it bland at all but rather richly flavored between the stout bacon and thyme. I wonder if some of the variation in this recipe comes from the quality of the beer and the bacon. Substituting a less strongly flavored beer or a lesser quality bacon might explain the difference. We make it exactly as described (minus the mushrooms as my husband does not like them). It's been perfect every time. Pros: rich easy family-favorite Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2012
Best Slow Cooker Recipe Ever I thought the flavor and aroma were divine and the thighs were falling-apart tender! I sauteed the mushrooms about halfway in the bacon fat and added a bit more salt to the finished recipe. I also used more broth than called for adding it to the gravy. I didn't have Guinness so I used a non-alcoholic beer. I couldn't actually taste the beer in the finished product. May try white wine next time -- and there will definitely be a next time. Pros: Easy to make readily available ingredients Cons: Took a while to prepare on stovetop but worth it Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2012
Traditional and delicious. Must use quality ingredients. This is a wonderful variation on Flemish stew. For a more flavorful base you must use quality protein. Skip the chain grocery store and head to your butcher. I recommend thick cut bacon that has been smoked or cured. The chicken should be recently slaughtered and preferrably from a local source. To save a little money de-bone and skin your own thighs. I find the amount of dark ale to be on the high side. If you would like more herbs in your stew I recommend adding a tablespoon of coriander seeds and a couple of bay leaves. You may also want to try a heaping tablespoon of whole-seed dijon mustard before you stew. This recipe definitely needs more acid and I notice some people opting for adding vinegar to the stew. I would recommend squeezing a slice of fresh lemon over the stew when it's being served. I really enjoy this recipe and will be making it many more times. Pros: Easy to prepare. Freezes and thaws well. Cons: Flavor profile may need adjusting for your taste. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/12/2012
Easy to prepare Recipe was easy to prepare and I like all of the ingredients. It smelled wonderful while cooking. As the end of cook time was approaching I found it needed a little something extra as described in some other posts for this recipe. I added a little more salt/pepper and my go to rescue ingredient to add some additional flavor some Wyler's Chicken Crystals (go easy and taste when adding as to not over-salt). It still needed a little something extra (tomato-based) so I added a few squirts of... ketchup and that provided the vinegar zip (go easy and taste as you add - don't want to taste the ketchup just enhance the flavor). These 'adjustments' made the difference for me! I will be making this recipe again in future. Pros: Inexpensive nice ingredients Cons: Needed a little more zip Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2012
We thought this to be quite good! I tried this recipe after reading a rave letter to the editor in the April edition. (Love anything braised in Guinness!) Didn't read the reviews until it was already in the crockpot this afternoon. But it smelled amazing and we really liked it tonight. I could see where it would benefit from a splash of Worcestershire sauce; I added a couple of bay leaves to the mix. Definitely a repeater here. Pros: Easy to make and forget about. Large serving -- good for a potluck or for leftovers. Cons: I'm not a fan of frying chicken bacon; the kitchen and my t-shirt really smelled afterward. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/23/2012
Pretty blah... Added some salt - made it a little better. Added chopped jalapenos and that helped quite a bit but still won't bother with it again. Pros: slow cooker recipe Cons: lack of flavor needs to be kicked up a notch or two Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2012
Needed a little work... I thought this was a good recipe though I did make a few adjustments. To help the recipe go a little further I added a turnip and two small potatoes. I also added about 1 Tbps of apple cider vinegar. Because I used reduce sodium chicken broth I did have to add a little extra salt (to taste) at the end. Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/20/2012
Must like beer Don't make this recipe if you don't like beer because you can definitely taste it. I actually thought the flavor was kind of bland. I used diced chicken breasts instead of thighs because I didn't want to mess with bones. Pros: Hoppy Easy to prepare Cons: Bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2012
The flavor was wonderful after reading previous reviews I think the difference may be a really good quality bacon. That smokey touch was the best part combined with the stout & mushrooms. I'm making my third batch tonight! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/16/2012
wasn't my thing Couldn't really taste the bacon. It needed something to spice it up. I added Spanish paprika to my bowl and it helped somewhat. I prefer to eat stout stew that is made with either beef or lamb. The thigh meat was very cheap one of the things that attracted me to the recipe. Probably won't make again. Pros: inexpensive to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2012
Hearty & Flavorful dish! This dish has really great flavor. Will definitely make this again. I did add 2 c. diced potato with the other veggies and omitted the peas per my husbands preference. Also increased the beer to 2 c. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2012
In need of a kick... I followed this to the letter and have to agree with the previous poster it really is lacking in some dominate flavor. The chicken falls apart and the consistancy of the sauce and vegi's is great. My husband wanted to dump hot sauce on it...not a good sign. I will make this again but will be doctoring it up. Pros: Chicken was fall apart good beer made a wonderful sauce Cons: In need of spice Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/31/2012
I'm not sure whether I made the same recipe as everyone else. There's something missing in this one. The ingredients are great the bacon/flour/stout mixture smells incredible when you're cooking it. After some time the crockpot fills the house with wonderful aromas and then you take it out and there's virtually no flavor--and I used the dash of worcestershire sauce someone recommended. I'm pretty sure I followed the recipe to the letter. I really wanted to like this. A healthy chicken stew would be great to have on our regular rotation but this is lacking something. Sadly I have a feeling that what it's lacking is beef. We kept saying that maybe lack of fat or salt was responsible for the blandness but I think the ingredients are just better suited to highlighting beef. There's also not a lot of depth to the spice mix. One would think salt pepper thyme guinness onions garlic would be enough but this definitely needs some additional complexity. It was worth a try but for crockpot chicken I think I'll keep doing a paprika chicken or maybe try a coq au vin. Pros: The smell as it was cooking ingredients simple recipe Cons: Blander than bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2012
Great meal for a cold winter night A really tasty recipe for a chilly night. I thought it could use a bit more salt (my husband thought it was fine as is). We added green beans instead of peas. We served it over couscous one night and pasta the next. Great meal! Pros: Easy to make very rich flavor Cons: Could use a bit more salt Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2012
Hearty and warming This is a delicious recipe. I ended up using a bit more chicken thighs (almost 3lbs) and used more peas (I like them). I also backed off a tad on the flour. I imagine you could substitute chick peas if you like instead of regular peas (or green beans as the other reviewer did). One thing I think this recipe is missing and I added it to the leftover stew is Worcestershire sauce (I used a L&P low sodium). Added a needed zip I think. Pros: inexpensive easy clean-up customizing options Cons: prep can be time consuming Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2012
Delicious cheap and easy My husband and I both loved this recipe. We are even planning on having it again this weekend. We used green beans instead of peas because peas are disgusting. Sooooo yummy. Read More