Coq au vin

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    Prepare the marinade

    Prepare 2 carrots and slice thinly. Prepare 2 shallots and slice these thinly, too.

    Put the carrots and shallots into a bowl, salt and pepper, then add 1 Bouquet garni.
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    Add 750 g chicken breast, pour 750 ml red wine over, cover with a plate and leave in the fridge to marinate overnight.
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    First-stage cooking of meat

    Next day, drain the chicken breasts and dry on absorbant paper.
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    Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan and fry the chicken breasts until browned all over. Do be aware, this is not to cook the chicken, just to give it a little colour. Set aside.
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    Cook the vegetables

    Drain the vegetables and discard the bouquet garni.
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    Put the vegetables into the same pan in what is left of the oil (add a little more if necessary) and cook for one or two minutes,.
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    Return the chicken to the pan and heat everything on high heat.

    Pour in ½ glass Brandy (Cognac or Armagnac) all at once...
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    ...and set light to the cognac (flambé).
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    Once the flames are out, sprinkle 3 tablespoons flour over and mix in.
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    Pour in the wine from the marinade, salt and pepper, then turn down the heat and leave to simmer gently.
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    Prepare the mushrooms

    Meanwhile, peel 300 g mushrooms and cut into small pieces.
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    Fry rapidly in the pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil...
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    ...then add to the simmering pan.
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    Second-stage cooking of meat

    After cooking slowly for 2 hours, the wine will have reduced to give the coq au vin its delicious sauce.

    Check the seasoning.
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    Serve the coq au vin with your preferred accompaniment, such as the sautéed potatoes shown here.

Remarks:

If you want to make the real thing, use a whole cock (or rooster, for Americans) instead of the chicken breasts and ask your butcher to cut it into portions for you.

Source:

Home made.

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