Barefoot Bloggers: Coq Au Vin

by Melissa on January 1, 2009

This was the first Barefoot Bloggers recipe of December, and was chosen by Bethany over at This Little Piggy Went to Market. I have always wanted to try Coq Au Vin whenever I see it on a restaurant menu, but have never been daring enough to actually order it. So I was pretty excited about making this. I  halved this recipe and did make a few substitutions, noted below. When I make it again,  I will also use less salt. Does anyone else think that Ina’s dishes come out a bit salty sometimes? I served this with mashed potatoes, and even my skeptical husband enjoyed it.

Thank you Bethany for a great pick! Click here to learn more about the Barefoot Bloggers!


Coq Au Vin

  • 4 ounces good bacon or pancetta, diced
  • 1 (3 to 4-pound) chicken, cut in 8ths (I used boneless skinless chicken breasts)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound carrots, cut diagonally in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup Cognac or good brandy
  • 1/2 bottle (375 ml) good dry red wine such as Burgundy
  • 1 cup good chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 10 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 pound frozen small whole onions
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, stems removed and thickly sliced (I omitted)

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove the bacon to a plate with a slotted spoon.

Meanwhile, lay the chicken out on paper towels and pat dry. Liberally sprinkle the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. When the bacon is removed, brown the chicken pieces in batches in a single layer for about 5 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Remove the chicken to the plate with the bacon and continue to brown until all the chicken is done. Set aside.

Add the carrots, onions, 2 teaspoons salt (I would start with 1/2  teaspoon and add more to taste), and 1 teaspoon pepper to the pan and cook over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the Cognac and put the bacon, chicken, and any juices that collected on the plate into the pot. Add the wine, chicken stock, and thyme and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just not pink. Since I used chicken breasts, and do not have an oven safe Dutch oven, I simmered on the stove-top on low for about 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and place on top of the stove.

Mash 1 tablespoon of butter and the flour together and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. In a medium saute pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and cook the mushrooms over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until browned. Add to the stew. Bring the stew to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Season to taste. Serve hot.

Source: Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

joelen January 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm

I haven’t made coq au vin in quite some time… I’ll have to make it soon because it this recipe sounds so comforting!


Kate January 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I’m sure what you made is better than anything you’d get at a restaurant.


snooky doodle January 3, 2009 at 2:48 am

yummy !! nice dish . Have to try my hand at this :)


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