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Coq Au Vin (chicken in wine)

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Coq au Vin is a traditional French stew in which chicken is braised in wine. Bacon adds richness and mushrooms and carrots really complete the dish. Add those pearl onions if you can find them!

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook time: 1 hr 30 min

Yield: 5-6 servings


  • 5 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

  • 5 chicken drumsticks

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 4 ounces lardons or slab bacon, diced

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut in 1-inch pieces

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 bottle of red wine (about 150mL)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 3 cups chicken stock

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 8 ounces peeled pearl onions

  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • Beurre manié: 1 tablespoon flour and 1 tablespoon softened butter, optional

  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley


Marinate the chicken (optional):

Place the chicken in a glass container/bowl along with 2 minced garlic cloves and half the bottle of red wine. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 2 hours or longer.

When ready to cook:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

  2. Remove the chicken from the wine and place it on a plate. Keep the wine in the bowl and set aside for later.

  3. Pat dry the chicken pieces with a paper towel and season generously with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  4. In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat 1 tsp oil, over medium-high heat. Add the lardons or bacon and cook until golden, about 6-8 minutes. Remove the lardons with a slotted spoon and reserve, leaving the drippings in the pot.

  5. Add the chicken, without overcrowding the pot. Depending on the size of your pot, you might need to work in batches. Brown the chicken on all sides until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Remove the chicken to the plate with the bacon and reserve.

  6. If the chicken has rendered a lot of fat, drain or wipe off the excess (being careful not to disturb the browned bits from the bottom of the pot), leaving about 1 tbsp in the pot.

  7. Lower heat to medium, then add the chopped onion and carrots. Cook until the onions have softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for a minute to release its aroma.

  8. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for about a minute, then add the flour and cook for another minute.

  9. Pour in the red wine and add the thyme sprigs and bay leaf, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Cook until the wine has reduced by half, about 10 minutes.

  10. Add the chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Once boiling, add back the chicken pieces, lardons and any juices that have collected on the plate.

  11. Cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 45 minutes or until the chicken is very tender.

  12. When there's about 15 minutes left for the chicken to cook, prepare the pearl onions and mushrooms. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a sauté pan or skillet, over medium-high heat. Add the pearl onions and a pinch of salt, and cook until nicely browned, about 5-8 minutes. Remove to a plate and reserve.

  13. Add another tablespoon of oil and 2 tablespoons butter, then sauté the mushrooms until browned, about 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove and set aside with the pearl onions.

  14. Once the stew has finished cooking, carefully remove the chicken pieces to a plate or serving vessel, tenting with foil to keep them warm. Also, remove and discard the bay leaf and thyme sprigs.

  15. Optional: Make beurre manié by mixing one tablespoon of softened butter with one tablespoon of flour.

  16. Return the pot to the stove, over medium-high heat, and – if using – add the beurre manié to thicken the sauce. If the sauce is not thick enough to your liking, make more beurre manié. If too thick, you can thin it out with more chicken stock or wine.

  17. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning. Then, add 1/4 cup parsley, reserving the rest to garnish the dish.

  18. Stir in the reserved pearl onions and mushrooms. Serve with mashed potatoes.

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  • We've seen recipes for coq au vin using white wine - we want to try that next!

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