In a saucepan, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan. Reserve drippings.
In a small bowl, combine basil and pepper; mix well. Rub onto chicken pieces. Brown chicken in hot bacon drippings, turning to brown all sides.
Place 3 cups apple cider in a crock pot. Add ketchup and blend well. Add chicken, carrots, onion and green beans. Heat on low 7 to 8 hrs.
In a small bowl, combine flour and remaining 1/2 cup apple cider; blend well. Gradually stir into hot chicken mixture. Cook and stir until stew is thickened and bubbly. Stir in bacon. If desired, add salt and pepper to taste.
By LRP from LWL, MA
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