Stoved Chicken (Chicken Casserole With Potatoes, Bacon and Onion

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 10 mins

A recipe I found for Scotland at All British, posting for ZWT6. Sometimes also called 'stovies' this Scottish recipe derives from the French etouffer, to cook in a closed pot, and dates from the strong Scottish/French links of the seventeenth century. It makes a filling family dish which can safely be left to its own devices; a little extra cooking time will not spoil the flavour.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 chicken quarters, halved
  • 4 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 2 12 lbs potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices (starchy kind)
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • fresh chives, to garnish


  1. Heat half of the butter and the oil in a large frying pan and fry the chicken and bacon for 5 minutes, until lightly browned.
  2. Place a thick layer of potato slices, then onion slices, in the base of a large ovenproof casserole. Season well, add the thyme and dot with half the remaining butter.
  3. Add the chicken and bacon, season to taste and dot with the remaining butter. Cover with the remaining onions and finally a layer of potatoes. Season and dot with butter. Pour over the stock.
  4. Cover and bake at 150°C (300°F) mark 2 for about 2 hours, until the chicken is tender and the potatoes are cooked, adding a little more hot stock if necessary.
  5. Just before serving sprinkle with snipped chives.
Most Helpful

This was VERY delicious. Made as written except I used chicken breasts, and I baked for exactly 2 hours. Flavors were delicious and I really liked that I could put it in the casserole dish, stick it in the oven and forget about it! Will definitely make this again diner! Made for ZWT8 and the Herbaceous Curvaceous Honeys.

FloridaNative August 19, 2012

Love one dish meals and this one was very good. I used 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, russet potatoes, dried thyme and turkey bacon since that is what I had on hand. Browned the chicken and when almost golden brown added the bacon. My casserole dish didnt have a lid so I tightly wrapped it with aluminum foil. Turned the oven up to 350 degrees because I didnt allow enough time to bake for 2 hours. Tender chicken, nicely flavored potatoes, and liked the snipped chives on top for garnish. Made and reviewed for ZWT8 - 2012.

lauralie41 August 17, 2012

Great chicken dish! I made with 2 giant b/s chicken breasts (that were a little frozen still in the middle) and red potatoes. I seasoned with the thyme, garlic salt and pepper. In the last 10 minutes or so I added a little cornstarch/water slurry to help thicken the sauce. Was nicely seasoned and all cooked completely. Next time I would add some carrots to have a complete meal; served it this time with some sweet corn. Made for 123Hits.

AZPARZYCH November 08, 2011