Coq Au Vin recipe

Coq Au Vin

Number of Servings

4

Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

1 hour

The French classic, this dish is a real treat and has a rich deep bodied flavour thanks to the wine. Lovely for a dinner with friends or eaten al fresco on a summer's eve with a crisp salad and a crusty torn baguette.

Ingredients

  • 100g saddleback bacon lardons
  • 2 free-range chicken thighs
  • 2 free-range chicken drumsticks
  • 1 dozen small shallots peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp cognac
  • 1 large glass of red wine
  • 1 pouch of pure chicken broth
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Handful of flat-leaf parsley
  • 250g mushrooms

Method

  1. Heat a splash of oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan. Throw in the lardons and fry. Add the shallots and brown all over.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in the pan and cook for 5 minutes, turning to brown all over.
  3. Scatter in the garlic and sauté until soft. Pour in the cognac, stirring the bottom of the pan to deglaze and loosen all of the yummy bits. The alcohol should sizzle and evaporate releasing an amazing smell.
  4. Pour in the wine, stock, and tomato purée.
  5. Make a bouquet garni from your thyme, rosemary and bay leaves. Pop in your pan with a pinch of salt and pepper, cover, and simmer on a very low heat for 50 minutes.
  6. 10 minutes before you are ready to serve, uncover your casserole pan and add the mushrooms. Bring the dish to the boil softening your mushroom and reducing your sauce until you have quite a thick consistency.
  7. Chop the flat-leafed parsley and garnish the finished dish.