Weekly Winner – What a Crock! (Pot Stew, that is)

I’ve been on a bit of a stew craze lately.  Must be the change in the weather.  The leaves start changing and I crave hearty soups, stews and chilis.  But while I’ve already made known my general indifference towards beef stews (with the exception of my Kerala Style Beef Stew https://donnasquickqi.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/weekly-winner-a-spectacular-stew/) I have always loved chicken soups and stews.  And this is one of the coziest ones around.  As an added bonus, it is made in the crock pot (I know, I know, they’re known as “slow cookers” now, excuse me!) so that you can build the anticipation with the wonderful smells that start filling your house hours before dinner.

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Stout Stew comes from Eating Well Magazine and it has been in my arsenal for quite a while.  And I don’t see it going anywhere soon.  It truly is a stew to savor.  The only variation I made to the recipe this time was that instead of Guinness, I used my new favorite beer, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.  Yum!

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Stout Stew

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 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

  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.
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