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Coq au Vin

A simple French Coq Au Vin recipe with tender chicken braised in red wine and stock with lardons, mushrooms and onions.
Course Entree, Soups & Stews
Cuisine Best, French
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Poultry
Diet Dairy-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 140 grams pancetta or lardons (cut into batons)
  • 8 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 rib celery (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon Cognac (Bourbon will do in a pinch)
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 225 grams button mushrooms (trimmed and halved)
  • 225 grams cipollini onions (or pearl , trimmed and peeled)
  • flat-leaf parsley (chopped for garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a large chef's pan or dutch oven, fry the lardons over medium heat until most of the fat has rendered out (but not until it's crisp). Transfer the lardons to a bowl with a slotted spoon.

  2. Generously salt and pepper the chicken thighs and place in the hot pan, skin side down. Leave undisturbed for 6-7 minutes or until skin is golden brown, then flip the chicken over, allowing it to brown lightly on the second side. Transfer the chicken to the bowl with the lardons.
  3. You should now have a nice thick coating of brown "fond". This is what gives the dish much of it's depth. Remove 2 tablespoons of fat from the pan and set it aside in a small bowl. Add the chopped onion, celery and garlic and sauté until soft, scrapping the fond off the bottom of the pan so it doesn't burn.

  4. Hit the pan with a generous splash of Cognac to deglaze the pan. Allow most of the liquid to evaporate, then add the red wine, chicken stock, bay leaf, thyme, and tomato paste. Return the lardons and chicken to the pan and turn several times to make sure each piece is well coated and submerged in the liquid. Cover with the lid slightly askew (so steam can escape) and simmer over medium low heat until the chicken is tender 35-45 minutes.
  5. Add the flour to the fat you've reserved and stir until there are no lumps. When the chicken is tender, transfer to a plate and tent with foil. Add the mushrooms and cipollini onions to the pan and turn up the heat to medium, simmering uncovered for about 15 minutes or until the onions are cooked and the sauce has reduced a bit. Add a few tablespoons of sauce to the fat/flour mixture and stir to make a slurry. Add the slurry to the sauce in the pan one spoonful at a time, mixing well after each addition to make sure there are no lumps. I don't like my sauce too thick, so I stopped about 2/3 of the way through, but if you like a very thick sauce, you can add all the roux. Salt and pepper to taste, then return the chicken to to pot to reheat and coat with the sauce.

  6. Garnish with the parsley, and then serve the coq au vin over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or as a stew with a crusty baguette. I also like to sprinkle a little finishing salt like Fleur de Sel on top.