Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew

44 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine January/February 2012

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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  • 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
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen baby peas, thawed

Preparation

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  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 and thyme, spreading in an even layer over the chicken. Pour broth over the top.
  4. Cover and cook until the chicken is falling-apart tender, 4 hours on High or 7 to 8 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.
  • 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 information

  • Serving size: about 1 1/3 cups
  • Per serving: 366 calories; 13 g fat(3 g sat); 4 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 91 mcg folate; 88 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 10230 IU vitamin A; 13 mg vitamin C; 60 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 552 mg sodium; 650 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (200% daily value), Folate & Zinc (23% dv), Vitamin C (22% dv), Potassium (19% dv), Iron (17% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 44

February 19, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
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?
January 10, 2016
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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 IGÇÖm thinking it will be even better the next time. Pros: Lots of veggies, very healthy Cons: Need to serve it over something
December 27, 2015
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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 Cons: NULL
October 04, 2015
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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
September 12, 2015
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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 Cons: NULL
April 25, 2015
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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
January 23, 2015
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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. Pros: NULL Cons: NULL
November 11, 2014
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Simple and Delicious! This recipe was delicious. My entire family loved it from the hubby to the little ones. Pros: Easy! Cons: No cons
October 29, 2014
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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