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.
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
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.
The dark stout completely made this dish. The flavors are amazing. It was just as good the next day!
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.
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.