Coq Au Vin for a Cold Day


In this season’s Kitchen Views, we featured a South American couple with a kitchen large enough to accommodate their whole family. With seats for 20, this kitchen is home to many family meals prepared after the couple, their children and their grandchildren have called it a day on the slopes. One of their favorite recipes that didn’t make it into this issue? Coq au vin. Filling, inexpensive to prepare (even for a family of 20) and flavorful, we have the recipe for you below. Find more of their recipes, and photos of their stunning kitchen, in Dishing issue 11, on stands now.

Coq Au Vin


  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 strips back bacon, chopped
  • 12 pearl onions, peeled
  • 2 chicken legs, skin removed
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brandy or Cognac
  • 4 cups red wine
  • 2 cups good-quality chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons tomato purée
  • 3 thyme sprigs, 2 rosemary sprigs and 2 bay leaves, to make a bouquet garni
  • small handful chopped flat-leaf parsley, to garnish
  • ?For the mushrooms
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chestnut mushroom, halved if large?
  • For the thickener
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1½ teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon softened butter


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of 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 shallots 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. Pour the remaining oil into the pan, then 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 or Cognac, 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 1 hour.
  • Just before ready to serve, heat the oil for the mushrooms in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the mushrooms and fry over a high heat for a few mins until golden. Remove and keep warm.
  • Lift the chicken, shallots 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. Scatter the mushrooms over the chicken, then pour over the wine sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley

Aaron Kraft coq au vin


About Author

Also originally from the South, Cara Rank discovered cooking was a creative outlet that helped her relax after long days writing magazine and newspaper articles during the past eight years in Jackson. Really, she just missed Southern food. A lot. During a 12-year career as a journalist, Cara has won numerous awards for her work and has written about everything from rodeo queens to Dolly Parton tomatoes. She spends her weekends making jars of pickles and jam and amazing dinners for friends. She loves shishito peppers, Chicago-style hot dogs and elderflower-spiked cocktails.

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