I added a few more herbs, more chicken stock, some tomato paste and more veggies but good base for a casserole. The bacon added good flavour
This stew has good flavor, but I also put in the whole 3.4 oz. pkg. of fresh thyme so don't know what difference that might have made. Next time I will skin the chicken as the crustiness really didn't last once the chicken is simmered with the stew. I used a whole onion in place of the pearl onions, and I would add more carrots next time.