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Petits Pois a la Francaise With Roast Chicken Breast

Petits Pois a la Francaise is a classic French bistro recipe of braised peas and lettuce that features bacon, cream and butter… How’s that for a holy trinity? 

Portrait image of petits pois a la Francaise served in a white bowl with a sliced roast chicken breast on a bright backdrop with iced water

French Braised Lettuce with Peas.

Don’t you just love the French language? Everything always sounds so effortlessly cool and sexy.

However, petits pois a la Francaise means nothing more sexy than French style peas.

Now, if like me, you love peas you know that they are pretty foxy but sexy? I’m not so sure.

The dish though is the very epitome of why French food is held in such high esteem.

It is so simple, essentially braised peas and lettuce with some bacon, garlic, butter and cream and I defy anyone not to fall in love at first bite.

Portrait overhead image of petits pois a la Francaise served in a white bowl with a sliced roast chicken breast

Serving Suggestions.

To be perfectly honest I could eat this on its own… Locked in the kitchen… Straight from the pan… Just so I don’t have to share!

But this recipe is a perfect dish to pair with any simply cooked meat or fish.

The flavours whilst being fairly big and bold are complementary to most things. 

I have served this here with a simply roast chicken breast. But it would work equally well with my herb crusted baked salmon, or even simply cooked pork chops.

You could practically throw anything alongside this recipe so long as it is not overly spiced and it would be divine!

Portrait close up image of petits pois a la Francaise served in a white bowl with a sliced roast chicken breast on a bright backdrop

Are Frozen Peas Ok?

Absolutely! Frozen peas are genuinely the best of the frozen vegetables!

To be perfectly honest unless you are growing your own peas or getting them really fresh from someone who is frozen peas are the best to use!

That does not mean that you cannot use fresh, I do… Although it takes twice as long to make this recipe as I eat at least half of what I pod!

Anyway, I digress! Frozen peas, use em, just defrost them before you do so that you do not lower the cooking temperature when you throw them in.

Defrosting peas only takes about 10 minutes. Place them in a colander under cold running water and stir occasionally!

Petits pois a la Francaise With Roast Chicken Breast
Yield: 2 Servings

Petits pois a la Francaise With Roast Chicken Breast

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

 Don't be put off by the fancy name Petits pois a la Francaise is a simple rustic braised pea and lettuce dish from France and I serve it with a perfectly Roasted Chicken Breast.


  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 50 g Salted Butter
  • 50 g Streaky Bacon
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 3 Baby Gem Lettuce
  • 150 g Garden Peas
  • 100 ml Chicken Stock
  • 50 ml Double Cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C or 350°F.
  2. Slice the bacon into 5mm pieces.
  3. Finely slice the garlic cloves.
  4. Remove the outer leaves from the lettuce and then cut in half length ways.
  5. Heat an oven proof frying pan over a medium high heat and when hot add in half the butter.
  6. When the butter begins to foam add in the chicken breasts which you have seasoned with salt and pepper and sear on the skin side until golden. Should take 3-4 minutes. Then flip and transfer to the oven.
  7. The chicken breast should take around 20 minutes to cook but you are looking for an internal temperature of 73°C or 165°F.
  8. Around 6-7 minutes before the chicken is ready heat another frying pan over a medium heat and when hot add the bacon and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  9. When the bacon is crispy, turn the heat up a little add the garlic and sear the baby gem lettuce on the cut side for 2 minutes.
  10. Flip over the lettuce and then add in the remaining butter and when it foams the chicken stock and double cream.
  11. When this mixture comes to temperature add in the peas and cook for a further minute until the peas are warm.
  12. Taste and add salt and pepper as required

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 676Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 211mgSodium: 906mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 53g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Kristina @ Love & Zest

Monday 17th of April 2017

This looks absolutely delicious! Your pictures are always so beautiful too! This is definitely a meal to impress!

Brian Jones

Tuesday 18th of April 2017

Thanks Kristina, looks impressive but at it's heart it is a humble peasant dish :)


Tuesday 4th of April 2017

Such beautiful photos! I love the addition of bacon. I can't wait to start gardening again.

Brian Jones

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

Thank you. My body is telling me that we are definitely back gardening again ;)


Tuesday 4th of April 2017

Those peas look amazing. I wish I could cook peas, but my husband is severely allergic to even the smell. I miss them :(

Brian Jones

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

Really, that would be tough for me to deal with I love peas :(


Tuesday 4th of April 2017

I always use petits pois instead of garden peas, they are much sweeter and smaller too which means the dish look better!

Brian Jones

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

They are the same thing, one is just harvested earlier than the other and the names are pretty much interchangeable ;)

Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

Tuesday 4th of April 2017

Your photos make me drool EVERY time! This is such a classic dish and you've totally nailed it.

Brian Jones

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

Thanks Emma, difficult to get a dish like this wrong to be honest with you... I'm fighting the 'unicorn/mermaid food' craze one classic dish at a time ;)