Dish of the month - Classic Coq au vin

Posted by: Sam Pegg
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You can’t beat a classic and they don’t come much more classic than this French-inspired chicken casserole

What’s more, it’s a one-pot wonder and so easy to make.

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2 tbsp plain flour seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces, on the bone but skin removed

30g butter

1 tbsp olive oil

200g round shallots, peeled but left whole

2 garlic cloves, crushed 

200g streaky bacon, diced 

Sprig of fresh thyme 

1 tbsp tomato purée

2 carrots, cut into chunks

250g button mushrooms

500ml red wine

500ml chicken stock

1 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar

Small bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper



1. Place the seasoned flour in a large bowl and add the chicken pieces. Coat the chicken well with the flour, shake off any excess flour and set aside on a plate. 

2. Heat a large frying pan, add the oil and butter and fry off the chicken in batches, ensuring they are browned. Set aside on a plate.

3. Heat a thick-bottomed casserole dish on the stove, add the butter and the shallots. Cook until just browned; then stir in the garlic. Add the bacon, thyme and the tomato purée and cook for 2-3 minutes.

4. Add the carrots and mushrooms, turn up the heat and add the red wine, chicken stock and vinegar. Add the chicken pieces and any juices from the plate. Bring the sauce to the boil and then simmer gently for about 40 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through. 

5. For a thicker sauce, remove the chicken pieces and keep warm. Boil the sauce over a high heat for a few minutes until the volume of liquid has reduced. Return the chicken back to the pan. Heat through thoroughly.

6. Add the parsley and check the seasoning.





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