Coq au Vin, Chicken in Wine Sauce

Coq au Vin, chicken slow simmered in a wine sauce, is a classic French one pot stew that is deliciously flavorful and easy to prepare.

Overhead shot of Coq au Vin in a red enamel cast iron Dutch Oven.

Coq Au Vin is a delicious French stew of chicken simmered in a wine sauce with huge flavor from wine, vegetables, seasonings, a bit of brandy and bacon! I enjoyed Coq Au Vin several years ago in a local French restaurant. After my first bite, I thought that this delicious and comforting meal was something I wanted to make at home for my Gr8 Friends!

So, it seemed like the perfect main dish for our Gr8 Autumn themed dinner. When planning the menu I really wanted to make an easy main dish that could be prepared ahead of time. I wanted to make a pot of comfort!

This one pot meal was the perfect selection. And, oh yum, the chicken was so tasty and literally fell off the bone!

Overhead shot of plate of Coq au Vin with mashed potatoes.

Add your favorite side of potatoes or noodles or just grab a big piece of crusty bread to absorb every last drop of the succulent broth. If you want to include a salad, Great8Friends has many to choose from! Enjoy!

And….did I mention that any leftovers (if you have any) are oh so yummo!

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Coq au Vin, Chicken in Wine

Coq au Vin, chicken slow simmered in a wine sauce, is a classic French one pot stew that is deliciously flavorful and easy to prepare.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Coq Au Vin
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Kyle

Ingredients

  • 6 slices thick bacon, stack the slices on top of each other and cut crossways into 1/4″ pieces
  • 4 pounds chicken pieces, with skin and bones, I usually use legs and thighs
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons olive oil, (only if needed)
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut in half and sliced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 small piece of kitchen twine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock , or chicken broth
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  • 1/2 pound crimini mushrooms, or button mushrooms
  • 8 ounces frozen pearl onions, thawed
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to season
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 300℉.
  • Add the bacon to a large ovenproof dutch oven or pan (that has a lid-you’ll need it later) and cook over medium heat until the bacon pieces are light brown. 
  • Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.
  • After patting the chicken with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture, liberally salt and pepper both sides of each piece of chicken.
  • Only if needed, add 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil to brown the chicken. You can start with the bacon grease in the pan and add olive oil in if necessary.
  • In two to three batches, brown each side of each piece of chicken in the bacon fat (about 2 1/2 minutes per side). As the chicken is browned, remove it from the pan and set aside on the plate with the bacon.
  • Add the onions, carrots, celery and herbes de Provence to the pan and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes (until the onions are translucent).
  • Add the chopped garlic and the tomato paste and, while stirring, cook for another minute.
  • Add to the pot of vegetables the brandy, cooked bacon, chicken and any juices on the plate.
  • Tie the thyme and rosemary together with kitchen twine. 
  • Add the thyme and rosemary bundle, bay leaves, wine and chicken stock to the pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Once the stew starts to simmer, turn the flame off and cover the pot with the lid and place the pot in the oven for 45 minutes.
  • While the stew is cooking, mix the flour with 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter together with a fork and set aside.
  • Melt the remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat in a small sauté pan and cook the mushrooms for about 10 minutes until you start to see them brown. (This step can also be done while the stew is in the oven. Once the mushrooms are done, just set aside.)
  • Remove the stew from the oven and set on the stove. Add the flour/butter mixture and stir in. This will thicken the stew just a bit.
  • Add the sautéd mushrooms and pearl onions and bring the stew to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. 
  • Remove the thyme/rosemary bundle and bay leaves and garnish with the chopped parsley. Serve hot.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Gr8 Make Ahead Tip:
  • The Coq Au Vin can be made up to 1-2 days ahead of time. Prepare through step 14 and cool before covering with the lid and refrigerate. When ready to serve, heat over medium heat. Once the stew comes to a simmer continue with step number 16.
  • I sauté the mushrooms while the stew is in the oven. If making ahead of time, sauté the mushrooms while the stew is warming up on the stove.
Gr8 Tip:
  • This same recipe can be made with red wine, white wine or a combo of red and white! Why not?!
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