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Classic coq au vin recipe, a French chicken in red wine stew with mushrooms! And a great make ahead dinner... Serve with mashed potatoes or fries!

Coq au Vin

Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories per serving 744 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs chicken drumsticks (675 g)
  • 3,5 oz salted bacon (100 g), diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 cups red wine (750 ml)
  • a handful fresh herbs like thyme, sage, bay leaves, rosemary...
  • 9 oz white mushrooms (250 g), roughly chopped
  • 16 small fresh pearl onions or silverskin onions, peeled
  • olive oil
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Heat some olive oil in a non-stick pan. Then add the diced bacon and onion.


  2. Classic coq au vin recipe, a French chicken in red wine stew with mushrooms! And a great make ahead dinner... Serve with mashed potatoes or fries!

  3. Cook over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes until the bacon starts to brown.


  4. Classic coq au vin recipe, a French chicken in red wine stew with mushrooms! And a great make ahead dinner... Serve with mashed potatoes or fries!

  5. Then transfer this mixture to a plate and put it aside until later. Leave the bacon juices in the hot pan. Then add the chicken.


  6. Classic coq au vin recipe, a French chicken in red wine stew with mushrooms! And a great make ahead dinner... Serve with mashed potatoes or fries!

  7. Brown the chicken quickly on all sides for 7 to 8 minutes. Add extra olive oil if necessary. Turn the chicken regularly. Then add the fresh herbs and the fried onion and bacon to the pan (I used bay leaf and rosemary). Season with a good dash of pepper.


  8. Classic coq au vin recipe, a French chicken in red wine stew with mushrooms! And a great make ahead dinner... Serve with mashed potatoes or fries!

  9. Also add the red wine and peeled silverskin or pearl onions.


  10. Classic coq au vin recipe, a French chicken in red wine stew with mushrooms! And a great make ahead dinner... Serve with mashed potatoes or fries!

  11. Bring the red wine and chicken to a good boil and then turn the heat very low. Cover the pan and simmer the chicken for an hour. Then turn off the heat and let the chicken cool in the red wine for another hour or put it in the fridge overnight. Add the chopped mushrooms (the next day). Place the chicken and wine sauce back over medium heat and cook for another 20 minutes until the mushrooms are soft. Then check the seasoning. Add extra pepper or salt to taste.


  12. Classic coq au vin recipe, a French chicken in red wine stew with mushrooms! And a great make ahead dinner... Serve with mashed potatoes or fries!

  13. Scoop the coq au vin onto plates and serve hot.


  14. Classic coq au vin recipe, a French chicken in red wine stew with mushrooms! And a great make ahead dinner... Serve with mashed potatoes or fries!