Rustic Irish Chicken and Cabbage Stew Recipe

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Rustic Irish Chicken and Cabbage Stew Recipe

This classic Irish chicken and cabbage stew is perfect for any time of the year. Doused with stout beer for a rich and umami taste, this stew is ideal for keeping you warm on a rainy day or a get-together session with family and friends on St. Patrick’s Day!

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How To Make Rustic Irish Chicken and Cabbage Stew

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Make a lovely pot of savory chicken and cabbage stew that's doused with beer for a richer taste. Ideal for lunch or dinner on rainy days and perfect for a get-together on St. Patrick's Day!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 7 hrs 30 mins
Total: 7 hrs 45 mins
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  • 28 oz cabbage, (1 whole head), roughly diced
  • 8 oz yellow onion, cut into small dice
  • 8 oz potatoes, roughly diced
  • 4 oz carrots, roughly diced
  • lb chicken thighs, bone-in
  • 8 oz bacon rashers, cooked and roughly chopped
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, canned, drained
  • 14 oz stout beer, of your choice, preferably Guinness
  • 3 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and ground black pepper , to taste

To Serve:

  • mashed potatoes, or baked potatoes
  • crusty bread


  1. Combine the beer, 2½ cups of broth, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. Set aside.

  2. Place the onions at the bottom of the crockpot.

  3. On the bed of onions, layer the chicken pieces on top.

  4. Distribute the bacon and mushrooms evenly on top of the chicken.

  5. Pour the beer mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook over HIGH for 3 to 4 hours, or on LOW for 6 to 7 hours

  6. Roughly 2 hours before the stew is ready, add the potatoes and carrots.

  7. Add your cabbage roughly 1 hour before the stew is ready. Continue cooking.

  8. Roughly 15 minutes before it is ready to be served, dissolve the flour in the remaining broth.

  9. Temporary remove chicken from the mix and set aside. Add your slurry into the crockpot while stirring

  10. Once the starch has been combined, return the chicken, season to taste with salt and pepper and allow to finish cooking

  11. Serve together with potatoes of your choice, or crusty bread.

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