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Coq au Vin

Ingredients 19
Servings 4 - 6
Time 20 min


  • 1
    olive oil
  • 100
    streaky bacon - chopped
  • 12
    small onions - peeled
  • 2
    chicken legs - skin removed
  • 4
    chicken thighs - skin removed
  • 2
    chicken breasts - skin removed
  • 3
    garlic - finely chopped
  • 3
  • 600
    red wine
  • 150
    good quality chicken stock
  • 2
    tomato purée
  • 3
    thyme sprigs
  • 2
    rosemary sprigs
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • handful chopped flat leave parsely - to garnish
  • 2
    plain flour
  • tsp
    olive oil
  • 1
    softened butter


50 min - 1 hr
Image: iStock

Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan or flameproof dish. Tip in the bacon and fry until crisp. Remove and drain on kitchen paper. Add the onions to the pan and fry, stirring or shaking the pan often, for 5-8 mins until well browned all over. Remove and set aside with the bacon.

Pat the chicken pieces dry with kitchen paper and fry half the chicken pieces, turning regularly, for 5-8 mins until well browned. Remove, then repeat with the remaining chicken. Remove and set aside. Scatter in the garlic and fry briefly, then, with the heat medium-high, pour in the brandy, stirring the bottom of the pan to deglaze. The alcohol should sizzle and start to evaporate so there is not much left.

Return the chicken legs and thighs to the pan along with any juices, then pour in a little of the wine, stirring the bottom of the pan again. Stir in the rest of the wine, the stock and tomato purée, drop in the bouquet garni, season with pepper and a pinch of salt, then 
return the bacon and shallots to the pan. Cover, lower the heat to a gentle simmer, add the chicken breasts and cook for 50 mins-1hr.

Lift the chicken, onion and bacon from the pan and transfer to a warmed serving dish.  Remove the bouquet garni. To make the thickener, mix the flour, olive oil and butter in a small bowl using the back of a teaspoon. 

Bring the wine mixture to a gentle boil, then gradually drop in small pieces of the thickener, whisking each piece in using a wire whisk. Simmer for 1-2 mins.  Pour the wine sauce over the chicken pieces and garnish with chopped parsley. 

Recipe reprinted with permission of Capital Hotel School.


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