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.