Tuesday, 21 May 2013

French style chicken with peas and bacon

This one is for my sister who is always asking for recipes that she can cook on the hob. I think it needed a little extra something, perhaps a sprinkling of tarragon and a squeeze of lemon juice. I found the recipe on the Good Food website the other evening and surprisingly enough had all the ingredients for it. I served it with pasta but new potatoes would go well with it too.

Serves 4
6 rashers smoked streaky bacon , chopped
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 bunch spring onions, roughly chopped
300ml hot chicken stock
250g frozen peas
1 Little Gem lettuce , roughly shredded
2 tbsp crème fraiche

In a large frying pan, dry-fry the bacon over a medium heat for 3 mins until the fat is released and the bacon is golden. Transfer the bacon to a small bowl, leaving the fat in the pan. Add the chicken and brown for 4 mins each side.
Push the chicken to one side of the pan and tip in the garlic and spring onions, cooking for about 30 secs, just until the spring onion stalks are bright green. Pour in the chicken stock, return the bacon to the pan, cover and simmer for 15 mins.
Increase heat under the pan. Tip the peas and lettuce into the sauce and cook for 4 mins, covered, until the peas are tender and the lettuce has just wilted. Check chicken is cooked through. Stir in the crème fraîche just before serving.

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