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Beer-Braised Chicken Thigh Recipe

This simple rustic dish is full of flavour. A very good main course for casual dining served with crusty bread, salad or potatoes. To remove the alcohol from this recipe, switch out the lager for the same volume of extra chicken stock.

Serves 4


  • 8 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 streaky bacon rashers, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 350ml lager
  • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 250ml chicken stock

To serve:

  • Crusty bread, warmed
  • Green salad


  1. Pat the chicken thighs dry with kitchen paper and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large casserole dish over a medium-high heat. Working in batches to avoid crowding the pan, brown the chicken thighs on both sides. Remove the chicken to a plate.
  3. Pour out all but one teaspoon of the fat from the pan and return to a medium-high heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook for two minutes.
  4. Add the onion, celery, pepper, garlic and thyme. Turn the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes longer.
  5. In a small cup, stir the cornflour together with two tablespoons of water until dissolved.
  6. Add the cornflour mixture to the pan and stir for two minutes.
  7. Add the beer, tomatoes and stock. Simmer for 5-6 minutes until the sauce has thickened a little. Return the chicken to the pot and simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked. Serve with warm crusty bread and a green salad.

Per Serving 723kcals, 35.4g fat (10.1g saturated), 15.1g carbs, 4.9g sugars, 77.1g protein, 3.2g fibre, 1.306g sodium

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