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.
Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew
From EatingWell: 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.
39 Reviews for Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew
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.
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.
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.
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!!!