Coq au Vin
About the Dish:
Coq au Vin is a classic French dish that features chicken cooked in red wine with mushrooms, onions, and bacon. The dish is known for its rich and hearty flavors, making it a popular choice for special occasions or cozy dinners. The chicken becomes tender and flavorful after being simmered in the red wine sauce, and the combination of the wine, bacon, and vegetables creates a delicious depth of flavor. Serve Coq au Vin with crusty bread or over creamy mashed potatoes for a truly satisfying meal.
|Chicken pieces (legs, thighs, breasts)||1.5 kg|
|Red wine||750 ml|
|Bacon, diced||200 g|
|Button mushrooms, sliced||250 g|
|Pearl onions||200 g|
|All-purpose flour||2 tablespoons|
|Garlic cloves, minced||4|
|Black pepper||To taste|
- Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the chicken pieces, red wine, garlic cloves, thyme sprigs, and bay leaves. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight if possible.
- Step 2: Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Reserve the marinade for later use.
- Step 3: In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pot and set aside.
- Step 4: In the same pot, brown the chicken pieces on all sides in the bacon fat. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.
- Step 5: Add the pearl onions to the pot and cook until softened. Remove the onions from the pot and set aside.
- Step 6: Add the sliced mushrooms to the pot and cook until browned. Remove the mushrooms from the pot and set aside.
- Step 7: Add the butter to the pot and melt. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and whisk to form a roux.
- Step 8: Slowly pour in the reserved marinade while whisking continuously to prevent lumps. Cook until the sauce thickens.
- Step 9: Return the bacon, chicken, pearl onions, and mushrooms to the pot. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
- Step 10: Cover the pot and simmer for 1 to 1.5 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
- Step 11: Serve Coq au Vin hot with crusty bread or over creamy mashed potatoes.