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Coq au Vin Recipe

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This Coq au Vin Recipe has rich, earthy, aromatic flavors. Bone-in chicken slow simmers together with carrots, onions, mushrooms, bacon, red wine and fresh herbs to create the perfect comforting meal. This french chicken stew is a recipe you will make your family time and time again! 

Coq au Vin Recipe in a pot.

COQ AU VIN RECIPE 

When I think of comforting meals I think of rich, hearty dishes that fill you up and make you feel extra satisfied. 

Today’s Coq au Vin Recipe does just that, it will make you feel so cozy on a cold winter day. 

You might know of Julia Child’s Coq au Vin that many people make time and time again.

It is a classic french dish.

That is how I first heard of this french style chicken stew. 

You might be wondering what Coq au Vin is? 

The basics of coq au vin are chicken on the bone and wine, which was traditionally burgundy. This recipe will remind you of  beef bourguignon or my Mushroom Bourguignon.

These dishes start with onions, garlic and carrots sautéed in butter. Bacon and mushrooms are also cooked. Chicken is then browned and everything is added into the stew that goes into the oven. 

Coq au vin is often described as having complex, rich, earthy, aromatic flavors.

Coq au Vin Recipe in a tin bowl.

There is just something so perfect about slow cooked, tender chicken that is simmered in a red wine sauce with fresh herbs. 

I like to rotate chicken stews with these Braised Lamb Shanks, Slow Cooker Italian Short Ribs, Balsamic Short Ribs Recipe or Moroccan Chicken Thighs.

All of these recipes are bursting with warm flavors and the meat is just so tender. 

As with most of my recipes you can modify today’s recipe to your liking.

You can leave the mushrooms out, or the bacon out, you can add in other vegetables like diced tomatoes or celery. 

When serving this coq au vin dish I like to put it over potatoes, rice, egg noodles or polenta.

Of course you want to serve it with a large loaf of crusty bread to soak up all that delicious sauce. 

Coq au Vin Recipe with pearl onions.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN COQ AU VIN RECIPE?

  • CHICKEN PIECES {CHICKEN THIGHS, CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS OR CHICKEN LEGS}

  • BACON {OPTIONAL}

  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

  • MUSHROOMS

  • ONION

  • CARROTS

  • BUTTER

  • GARLIC

  • TOMATO PASTE

  • RED WINE

  • CHICKEN STOCK

  • THYME SPRIGS & BAY LEAVES

  • PEARL ONIONS

Coq au Vin Recipe in a large dutch oven.

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS COQ AU VIN RECIPE?

You are going to love this rich, flavorful and comforting chicken recipe!

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

In a large bowl, season chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Heat a large pot or large dutch oven with olive oil over medium-high heat.

Add the bacon and cook for about 10 minutes until cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon leaving the bacon fat.

Transfer to a plate.

Add the mushrooms to the same dutch oven until tender and browned.

Coq au Vin Recipe mushrooms in a skillet.

Remove with a slotted spoon leaving the grease and browned bits and set aside on a plate.

In the same pot, add the chicken skin side down and sear the chicken on each side for about 5 minutes.

Coq au Vin Recipe browning the chicken.

Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.

Add minced onions and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Melt butter then add garlic and cook for another 1 minute.

Add tomato paste and flour and stir. Add the wine and chicken broth and mix well.

Coq au Vin Recipe wine and onions.

Add chicken back in the pot with thyme and bay leaves.

Add pearl onion, cooked bacon and mushrooms in the pot.

Bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes.

Coq au Vin Recipe in a sauce.

Cover the pot or dutch oven and transfer to the oven for 40-50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Enjoy with mashed potatoes and green beans. 

Coq au Vin Recipe with parsley.

TIPS FOR MAKING COQ AU VIN

DRY THE CHICKEN: If you like a crispy crust on the outside of the chicken make sure to pat the chicken dry with paper towels before searing it. 

THICKENING: If you like your stew thicker you can easily use butter and flour to thicken it. Add the butter to the pot and then once the butter is melted add the flour and stir until it thickens in the pot. 

BACON: You can add bacon if you like or leave it out. It definitely adds a rich flavor to the chicken recipe if you do like bacon. 

WINE: An authentic coq au vin is made with a red Burgundy wine, like a good quality Pinot Noir. You can also use Malbec, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.

White wine can also work but I personally prefer red for the color and deep flavor. 

The key to this dish is to pick a high-quality wine you actually like to drink. The wine really infuses into this dish. 

Coq au Vin Recipe with potatoes.

CUT OF CHICKEN: Traditional Coq au Vin uses bone in chicken but you can always change it up and use whatever cut of chicken you like. Chicken breasts work ok but they won’t get as tender.

I have tried boneless chicken thighs before and they worked nicely because they tend to still get tender.

MUSHROOMS: Cremini mushrooms or white mushrooms work great in this dish.

COOKING METHOD: I prefer to let this cook in a dutch oven low and slow in the oven but you can also simmer on the stove with the lid on at medium-low heat.

LEFTOVERS: The leftovers are even better than the first day you make this dish. The flavors really meld together overnight and even a couple of days later. 

HERBS: The herbs give this dish the earthy, aromatic flavor. I like to use fresh thyme and parsley. You could easily use fresh oregano and basil.

Coq au Vin Recipe with logo.

WHAT TO PAIR WITH THIS CHICKEN COQ AU VIN?

SALAD: Salads are always a great pairing with chicken. I really like this Mediterranean Bean Salad, Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts, Summer Orzo Pasta Salad or this Easy Lebanese Salad.

SIDE DISHES: If you like to pair vegetable side dishes with chicken you should try these Lebanese Green Beans, Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower or these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables 

POTATOES: Another great addition to this meal is potatoes. I often make Gouda Smashed Potatoes, Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato, Spicy Lebanese Potatoes or Lemon Cilantro Roasted Potatoes. Another great thing to serve this chicken over is Creamy Polenta

Coq au Vin Recipe in a tin bowl.

Coq au Vin Recipe

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Coq au Vin Recipe has rich, earthy, aromatic flavors. Bone-in chicken slow simmers together with carrots, onions, mushrooms, bacon, red wine and fresh herbs to create the perfect comforting meal. This french chicken stew is a recipe you will make your family time and time again! 

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
  • 4 drumsticks, skin on
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons, unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine, pinot noir or burgundy work well
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup pearl onions
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
    2. In a large bowl, season chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside.
    3. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven with olive oil over medium heat.
    4. Add the bacon and cook for about 10 minutes until cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
    5. Add the mushrooms to the same dutch oven until tender and browned.
    6. Remove without the grease and set aside on a plate.
    7. In the same pot, sear chicken on each side for about 5 minutes.
    8. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.
    9. Add minced onions and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Melt butter then add garlic and cook for another 1 minute.
    10. Add tomato paste and flour and stir. Add the wine and chicken broth and mix well.
    11. Add chicken back in the pot with thyme and bay leaves.
    12. Add pearl onion, bacon and mushrooms in the pot.
    13. Bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Cover the pot or dutch oven and transfer to the oven for 40-50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
    14. Garnish with fresh parsley and extra fresh thyme.
    15. Enjoy with mashed potatoes and green beans. 

Notes

THICKENING: If you like your stew thicker you can easily use butter and flour to thicken it. Add the butter to the pot and then once the butter is melted add the flour and stir until it thickens in the pot. 

DRY THE CHICKEN: If you like a crispy crust on the outside of the chicken make sure to pat the chicken dry with paper towel before searing it. 

STORING: Coq au Vin will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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