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.
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.
41 Reviews for Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew
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.
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.
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.