The sound of this dish used to intimidate me. Classic French cooking was something I never dared to try. I assumed I would fail and never wanted waste such beautiful and fresh ingredients.
Well. I’m here to tell you. This dish is not difficult to make.
How could it be bad?! In translation Coq au vin means, rooster in wine.
Chicken. Wine. Winning already!
Not to mention all the delicious, farm fresh carrots, sweet potatoes and herbs. You really can’t go wrong with this one!
The sauce is rich and aromatic. It provides a luscious, broth like consistency that keeps the chicken moist and full of flavor.
Lots of people serve Coq Au vin with mashed potatoes but I really don’t think it needs it! The red wine broth is the perfect pairing for the hearty sweet potatoes.
My 8 and 9 year old girls loved it too! It certainly sounds like a grown ups only meal, but I promise, the alcohol burns off during the cooking process and leaves everything tasting heavenly–perfect for everyone’s taste buds. Even the littles.
Farmhouse Coq Au Vin|
1 hour, serves 4
- 1.5 lbs chicken breast, or thighs if you prefer.
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces
- 1 c sweet onion, chopped
- 1 c carrots, chopped
- 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 sprigs of thyme
- 1 tbsp of bacon grease (if you don’t keep this on hand fry up a few slices, reserving the grease and enjoying a little bacon snack!)
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1.5 c vegetable broth
- 1.5 c red wine (I used a Cabernet)
Start by chopping all your veggies.
In a large dutch oven or enameled cast iron pot, heat your bacon grease and a drizzle of olive oil over medium high.
Add your onions, potatoes and carrots and cook for 5 minutes.
Add in a 1/4 cup of the vegetable stock, cover and reduce the heat to low. Let this simmer for 5 minutes to steam the veggies.
Remove the vegetables into a separate bowl. Add a bit more oil to the pot and place your chicken in. Season and cook for 5-8 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked throughout.
Add them back in with the chicken, and slowly add the wine, the rest of the vegetable stock and the garlic. Place your bay leaves and thyme on top. Season with a bit more salt and stir everything together before bringing the dish to a boil.
Your Coq Au Vin is now ready to serve!!
It truly is a classic tasting meal, full of hearty flavors. Enjoy!!