Coq au Vin is a Classic chicken stew, loaded with flavor, making this rustic provincial stew a dish your whole family will love. The chicken is marinated and then braised in red wine with mushrooms, bacon, onions and carrots.
This dish is perfect for a chilly night or simply to celebrate life any time of the year.
If you’ve ever had Coq Au Vin then you understand how I feel about this classic French stew. The rustic provencal stew has a complexity of flavors that brings moans to the table.
I encountered this classic French dish on my first trip to Paris and it’s been a family favorite ever since. Although there are a few extra steps in this dish, it’s not difficult to make and you don’t need a long list of exotic ingredients.
If you love delicious hearty chicken dishes my Chicken Chasseur is also a good choice.
What is Coq au Vin?
It’s a French dish of chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and garlic. A red Burgundy wine is typically used.
You can also find this farmhouse dish made in many regions of France make variations using different wines. So if Burgundy isn’t your favorite or available you can swap it out for your favorite wine.
*I used chicken thighs, but you could also use a cut-up whole chicken (skin-on, bone-in) for this stew.
What Ingredients do I need to make this stew?
I like to gather my ingredients together before I start to make the dish. This makes the cooking process easier and more enjoyable. This is your Mise en Place (everything in its place).
Since I’m using easily accessed ingredients I’ve swapped out the lardons for bacon. I would suggest trying to find fresh herbs for this dish. They can usually be found in any chain grocer these days in the produce section, conveniently packed in small plastic containers.
I do suggest using Red Burgundy Wine for your first attempt at this classic dish. Once you see how easy it is to make you can try other wines.
*Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are also good choices.
Do I have to marinate the chicken?
No, you don’t, but it will definitely enhance the flavor of this dish.
Testing has revealed that marinating for as little as 20 minutes can really help the flavor, but I always like to marinate overnight whenever possible. Use a ziplock bag and squeeze all the air out as you seal the bag. Place it in your fridge overnight (on a plate, just in case it leaks) massaging the bag a few times during the process.
Use a ziplock bag and squeeze all the air out as you seal the bag. Place it in your fridge overnight (on a plate, just in case it leaks) massaging the bag a few times during the process.
Important Steps in making Coq au Vin:
There’s not a lot to the dish in terms of difficulty, but if there were two points I’d emphasize they’d be to braise the chicken pieces without moving them for 7-8 minutes to get that rich crispness to the skin. And to sauté the mushrooms for at least 5-6 minutes to allow them to caramelize, building rich flavors in the process.
Coq au Vin is generally served with parslied buttered baby potatoes, but my wife loves mashed potatoes, so I made a buttery mashed potato to go with this dish.
Coq au vin can is a rich, complex, earthy, aromatic chicken dish.
Red Burgundy is my first choice of wine to make coq au vin, but any light or medium-bodied red wine will work. Choose a wine you enjoy drinking.
Coq au Vin also originated in the Burgundy region of France. It’s basically Beef Burgundy made with chicken instead of beef.