Coq au Vin is a classic French dish made with chicken, red wine, bacon, mushrooms, and onions. Here is a simple recipe:
- 4 chicken legs or thighs
- Salt and pepper
- Flour for dusting
- 4 slices of bacon, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 bottle of dry red wine
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dust with flour.
- In a large Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Brown the chicken in the bacon fat until golden on both sides, about 4-5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- In the same pot, sauté the onion, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, and celery until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Pour in the wine and let it reduce by half. Add the chicken broth, thyme, and bay leaves. Return the chicken and bacon to the pot.
- Cover and bake in the oven for 1 hour, or until the chicken is cooked through.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Stir into the Coq au Vin and continue cooking for another 5 minutes until the sauce thickens.
- Serve with crusty bread and a glass of red wine.
Enjoy your delicious Coq au Vin! This classic French dish is perfect for a comforting weeknight dinner or for entertaining guests.