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Slow Cooker Stout Chicken Stew #SundaySupper

March 16th, 2014 · 29 Comments

Rumor has it that spring is just around the corner, but with snow in the forecast yet again it’s hard to keep the faith. If, like me, you’re starting to tire of heavy stews for Sunday supper, this one is made with chicken for a lighter feel. The bright green peas also add a welcome hint of spring. It’s officially a St. Patrick’s Day dish, as an Irish stout (i.e. Guinness) flavors the sauce.

This stew is easy to prepare — after browning the chicken and cooking the bacon, it all goes into the slow cooker to braise for 4 hours on high or about 7 on low. The peas are added at the end to keep them bright and crisp — no mushy peas here.

While it’s cooking, I set out a green vegetable crudite to snack on. A selection of Irish cheeses, of course. Serve the stew with some Irish soda bread and, naturally, a glass of stout. (Maybe a root beer for the kids, though.) And follow it all with a not-too-sweet Guinness chocolate cake. You’ll be well-fueled to deal with shoveling more snow…. or whatever your St. Patrick’s Day brings.

Slow-Cooker Stout Chicken Stew |

Recipe: Slow Cooker Stout Chicken Stew

Adapted from Eating Well
Makes 6-8 servings


  • 6 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pieces bacon, chopped
  • 1 14-ounce can Guinness beer or other stout
  • 4 large carrots cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine 6 tablespoons flour with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Dredge chicken thighs in the flour and set aside on a plate.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned, 2 to 4 minutes per side. (May need to do this in two batches.) Remove chicken and place in slow cooker.
  3. Add bacon and cook, stirring, until crisp. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup flour over the bacon and cook, stirring, for two minutes. Add beer and cook, stirring, until flour is dissolved into a sauce. Pour over the chicken in slow cooker. Add carrots, potato, onion, garlic and thyme, spreading over chicken. Pour chicken broth over.
  4. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, 4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.
  5. 10 minutes before end of cooking time, stir in peas. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Becca from It's Yummi! // Mar 16, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I’m always looking for new slow cooker recipes, and yours looks like a must make! Pinned and shared! It was fun cooking with you for this #SundaySupper

  • 2 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers // Mar 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Your stew looks delish and so hearty! I love it and i know my family would go crazy for it!!

  • 3 Liz // Mar 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

    What a glorious stew! My family would love it!!!

  • 4 Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) // Mar 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Every recipe I’ve ever seen for something like this is with beef. Loving your chicken version and with all those beautiful green peas…. yum.
    Nice cooking with you for Sunday Supper.

  • 5 Melanie // Mar 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I have Guiness leftover from my recipe – this would be the perfect dish to use it for!

  • 6 Betsy @ Desserts Required // Mar 16, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    What a great idea to use chicken in this stew. It makes the dish lighter which saves room for dessert!! 😉

  • 7 MealDiva // Mar 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I’m eagerly waiting for spring 2! This chicken stew does sound yummy — I love anything with dark beer & you are right– the peas add the perfect amount of spring color! Love your recipe!

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  • 9 Shaina // Mar 16, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    This is great St Pattty’s Day food for sure!

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    // Mar 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I’m not much of a stew person, but your chicken stew looks absolutely scrumptious, and I want to dig in for dinner tonight! Is there any left for me?

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    Oh wow my mouth is watering looking at this. I normally use beef when using stout but I love the idea of trying it with chicken.

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    I love slow cooker recipes. . Pinning this one! yum!

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    What a beautiful meal – I love slow cooker recipes – Thank you!

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