The word ‘coq’ in French means ‘rooster’ or ‘cock, a tough bird that benefits hugely from braising. Traditionally this coq au vin recipe needs more cooking time, but nowadays it’s a realtively quick dish to prepare as birds are reared more quickly and are more tender. It’s a delicious dish with incredible flavour.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 ½ hours
– 8 joints free range chicken ~ on the bone and skin removed ~ thigh, drumstick
– 150g/5½oz shallots/baby onions, peeled but left whole
– 5 cloves garlic, whole
– 2 carrots peeled and sliced into sticks
– 2 sticks celery, peeled and sliced into sticks
– 75g butter
– Sprig fresh thyme
– Bouquet garni ~ 2 bay leaves, parsley stalks, 6 sprigs of thyme 350g button mushrooms
– 150g streaky bacon, cut thickly
– 1 tbsp peppercorns
– 750ml (1 bottle) good red wine (Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon)
– 500ml chicken stock
– 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
– Handful parsley, chopped
– Salt and crushed black pepper
– 1 tbsp plain flour (baked/toasted for 7 minutes at 200 degrees )
1. Marinating the Chicken – Heat a heavy casserole dish and bring the wine to the boil until reduced by one third. This will remove the alcohol and concentrate the colour and flavour. Leave to cool. In a bowl, mix the chicken pieces, carrots, celery, garlic, peppercorns, shallots/baby onions, vinegar and bouquet garni and pour the cooled red wine over them. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
2. Cook the Chicken – Drain the chicken pieces and vegetables. Reserve the liquid. Dry the chicken pieces with kitchen paper. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. On a high heat, add vegetable oil to a large casserole dish. Brown the chicken pieces for 5 minutes on each side ~ skin side first. Transfer the pieces onto a plate.
3. Cook the Vegetables – melt butter and add the marinated vegetables. Cook gently until just browned. Spoon out most of the fat, add the toasted flour and stir gently. Slowly add the retained liquid/wine, little by little. Add the stock as well. Cook gently.
4. Add the chicken pieces and return to the boil. Cover and cook in a preheated oven (180 degrees) for 30 minutes
5. Over a medium heat, fry the diced bacon and button mushrooms. Add to the casserole
6. Correct the seasoning and serve with a little dressed green salad and olive oil mash or good bread.
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