Coq Au Vin


Coq Au Vin is a French recipe that translates to cock in wine. And since I did not exactly have a cock lying around handy for this dish lol, I used chicken thighs instead. It is a pretty easy dish to make. Tried this for the first time and the sauce was amazing! I think next time I will try it on the stove top instead of the oven, as I find that the flavours did not infuse in the chicken itself as much I would have like it to. Anyway, here is the recipe:



  • 7 chicken thighs – with the bones and skin intact.
  • 1 cup flour (for lightly coating the chicken)
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 cup red wine of your choice – I used merlot for this recipe but the next time I think I will try a Port. A dry red wine is usually recommended for this dish but I say screw it! Use any red wine you would like to drink. You are the one who has to eat it after all.
  • 1 cup to 1. 5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoons flour
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 1.5 cups fresh mushroom cut in halves



  • Wash chicken, pat dry and season with salt and black pepper.
  • Dice your bacon strips.
  • In a large oven-safe pan, add your bacon and olive oil. Turn on the heat on medium, and sauté until the bacon is crisp.
  •  Remove the bacon and set aside, retaining the bacon fat in the skillet.
  • Turning your heat up to high, lightly dust your chicken in the flour and add it to the pot, skin side down.
  • You are pan searing the chicken, not cooking it, so leave it about two minutes per side, or until the skin is brown/crisp.
  • Remove the chicken and set aside.
  • Turn your heat to low (do not wash the pot). Add your mushrooms and onions.
  • Add a pinch of salt and allow both ingredients to cook until brown.
  • Once the both ingredients are cooked, add the butter and 1 teaspoon flour. Stir and cook for 2 more minutes to allow the flour to cook.
  • Add your wine and cook for about 3 more minutes.
  • Add your chicken stock, thyme, garlic and bacon to the pot and cook for 2 minutes or until the liquid is simmering.
  • Add your chicken to the pot.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Place your skillet in the oven.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Have fun eating.



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