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