For the Chicken Who has Everything… Coq au Vin

Chicken with Wine
Coq au Vin

This time of year, we tend to spend more time entertaining than at any other time.  I guess the holidays remind us of what is really important,  spending time with friends and family and showing them how much we appreciate them.   So why not try making this decadent Coq au Vin recipe and really impress them!

Coq au vin is the quintessential French dish.   But despite its fancy name, it is a dish that is inexpensive to make, which makes it an obvious choice for a crowd.   Like most French recipes, this one has a few steps and requires a little extra time, but believe me,  it will be well worth the effort.    It has a robust, rich flavor that you will love.

Coq au Vin is “chicken with wine”.  Chicken soaked in red wine, then braised.  The rich sauce flavor comes from bacon, mushrooms, carrots, onion and of course the red wine!  You will want to soak up all that delicious sauce with the crusty bread slices, so definitely, don’t skip this step!

I used a dutch oven for this recipe because you can braise the chicken and make the sauce in the same pot, and the deep sides help to prevent splatter.  I also used a bit of cognac for the flambé to add that special flavor, but any brandy will do.  The great thing about this recipe is the flavor is even better the second day, so if you are making this recipe for a party you can make it the day before.  Enjoy!!

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Chicken in wine sauce with green beans

The Marinade:
 3 lbs chicken ( chicken thighs or breasts work well for this recipe
 3 cups red wine ( I used a dry, red, french table wine La Vieille Ferme)
 2 tsp dried thyme
 1 bay leaf
 2 tsp kosher salt
 ¾ tsp black pepper
For Braising
 1 cup chopped bacon or pancetta
Wine Sauce
 1 medium onion diced
 1 carrots finely diced
 2 minced garlic cloves
 2 cups mushrooms diced
 1 tsp tomato paste
 2 tbsp cognac ( or other brandy)
 1 tbsp flour
 reserved red wine marinade
Onion Mushroom Topping
 2 cups peeled pearl onions sliced in half
 2 cups mushrooms sliced
 1 tbsp butter
 2 tbsp olive oil
Crusty Toasts
 2 tbsp butter
 1 tbsp olive oil
 kosher salt
 ½ cup freshly chopped parsley
 4 slices multigrain bread

The Marinade:
1

Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper and place into a large plastic or glass container.

Chicken with salt and pepper

2

Pour the red wine over chicken and then add thyme and bay leaf.

red wine marinade

3

Coq au Vin marinade

4

Place chicken in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, best if refrigerated overnight for the best flavor.

refrigerate chicken

Braising
5

Saute the bacon on medium heat until crisp and set bacon aside, leaving bacon fat in the pan.

cooked pancetta

6

bacon

7

Remove chicken from the marinade, set the marinade aside for the sauce.

Pat each piece of chicken with a paper towel until it is dry.

pat dry chicken

8

On medium-high heat, cook all chicken in the bacon fat for about 4 minutes each side or until it is nicely browned, and then remove chicken from the pan.

Braised chicken

The Sauce:
9

Add chopped onion, carrot and chopped mushrooms to the same pan and saute until lightly browned, scraping the sides of the pan.

Saute

10

Add tomato paste and garlic and cook for 1 minute, then add 1 tbsp of flour and cook for another minute. Push all the vegetables and sauce to one side of the pan.

Remove pan from heat, and add the 2 tbsps of cognac to the other side of pan and flambe until the flame goes out. ( refer to youtube link above for flambe directions)

* take extreme care when lighting the liquor, the alcohol vapors ignite immediatley so keep your head and face away from the pan when lighting.

add tomato paste

11

Replace pan back over medium heat and add the red wine marinade to the pot.

Wine sauce

12

Bring sauce to a low simmer.

red wine sauce

13

Remove any skin from chicken if any and discard. Add chicken to the sauce and half of the cooked bacon. Cover pan and simmer for 1 hour.

Coq au vin

Onion Mushroom Topping
14

Melt butter in a saute pan and add the oil on medium heat.
Add onions and a pinch of sugar and salt and cover pan. Cook for about 12 minutes.

Pearl onions

15

Push onions to one side of the pan and add mushrooms on the other side of pan and brown and toss together. Place in a bowl.

Wipe out saute pan

Saute

Crispy Toasts
16

Chop parsley and place in small dish

17

Trim crusts off the bread and cut each slice into 2 triangles.

Crispy toasts

18

Melt butter and add olive oil on medium heat. Add bread triangles and grill both sides until they are lightly browned. Place on a plate and sprinkle with salt.

Crispy Toasts

Putting it all together:
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When chicken is done simmering, place one piece onto a dish or in a bowl with some of the sauce and vegetables. Dip one corner of the toasted bread into the sauce and then dip into the chopped parsley.

Arrange the garnished toast over the chicken and add an extra sprinkle of parsley and the other half of the bacon bits over the top and serve.

Coq au Vin

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Chicken in wine sauce with green beans

Ingredients

The Marinade:
 3 lbs chicken ( chicken thighs or breasts work well for this recipe
 3 cups red wine ( I used a dry, red, french table wine La Vieille Ferme)
 2 tsp dried thyme
 1 bay leaf
 2 tsp kosher salt
 ¾ tsp black pepper
For Braising
 1 cup chopped bacon or pancetta
Wine Sauce
 1 medium onion diced
 1 carrots finely diced
 2 minced garlic cloves
 2 cups mushrooms diced
 1 tsp tomato paste
 2 tbsp cognac ( or other brandy)
 1 tbsp flour
 reserved red wine marinade
Onion Mushroom Topping
 2 cups peeled pearl onions sliced in half
 2 cups mushrooms sliced
 1 tbsp butter
 2 tbsp olive oil
Crusty Toasts
 2 tbsp butter
 1 tbsp olive oil
 kosher salt
 ½ cup freshly chopped parsley
 4 slices multigrain bread

Directions

The Marinade:
1

Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper and place into a large plastic or glass container.

Chicken with salt and pepper

2

Pour the red wine over chicken and then add thyme and bay leaf.

red wine marinade

3

Coq au Vin marinade

4

Place chicken in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, best if refrigerated overnight for the best flavor.

refrigerate chicken

Braising
5

Saute the bacon on medium heat until crisp and set bacon aside, leaving bacon fat in the pan.

cooked pancetta

6

bacon

7

Remove chicken from the marinade, set the marinade aside for the sauce.

Pat each piece of chicken with a paper towel until it is dry.

pat dry chicken

8

On medium-high heat, cook all chicken in the bacon fat for about 4 minutes each side or until it is nicely browned, and then remove chicken from the pan.

Braised chicken

The Sauce:
9

Add chopped onion, carrot and chopped mushrooms to the same pan and saute until lightly browned, scraping the sides of the pan.

Saute

10

Add tomato paste and garlic and cook for 1 minute, then add 1 tbsp of flour and cook for another minute. Push all the vegetables and sauce to one side of the pan.

Remove pan from heat, and add the 2 tbsps of cognac to the other side of pan and flambe until the flame goes out. ( refer to youtube link above for flambe directions)

* take extreme care when lighting the liquor, the alcohol vapors ignite immediatley so keep your head and face away from the pan when lighting.

add tomato paste

11

Replace pan back over medium heat and add the red wine marinade to the pot.

Wine sauce

12

Bring sauce to a low simmer.

red wine sauce

13

Remove any skin from chicken if any and discard. Add chicken to the sauce and half of the cooked bacon. Cover pan and simmer for 1 hour.

Coq au vin

Onion Mushroom Topping
14

Melt butter in a saute pan and add the oil on medium heat.
Add onions and a pinch of sugar and salt and cover pan. Cook for about 12 minutes.

Pearl onions

15

Push onions to one side of the pan and add mushrooms on the other side of pan and brown and toss together. Place in a bowl.

Wipe out saute pan

Saute

Crispy Toasts
16

Chop parsley and place in small dish

17

Trim crusts off the bread and cut each slice into 2 triangles.

Crispy toasts

18

Melt butter and add olive oil on medium heat. Add bread triangles and grill both sides until they are lightly browned. Place on a plate and sprinkle with salt.

Crispy Toasts

Putting it all together:
19

When chicken is done simmering, place one piece onto a dish or in a bowl with some of the sauce and vegetables. Dip one corner of the toasted bread into the sauce and then dip into the chopped parsley.

Arrange the garnished toast over the chicken and add an extra sprinkle of parsley and the other half of the bacon bits over the top and serve.

Coq au Vin

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Chicken in wine sauce with green beans

Coq au Vin Recipe

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One Comment Add yours

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I usually can’t say no to chicken.. but the roast beef looks pretty good too!

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