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Coq au vin

Coq au vin

Coq au vin is one of those iconic classics of French cuisine, though these days it is more likely to be made with chicken. The poultry is marinated in red wine, fried, then flambéed in cognac before being simmered slowly in the wine marinade.

It has much in common with that other classic, boeuf (beef) bourguignon: delicous tender meat cooked slowly in red wine for several hours.

To simplify the recipe (the site is called cooking-ez, after all), I have used chicken breasts instead of a whole bird.

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Last modified on: July 17th 2016

For 4 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
12 hours 32 min.2 hours 12 min.14 hours 44 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
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Step by step recipe

1 Coq au vin : Photo of step #1

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.
10 min.
2 Coq au vin : Photo of step #2Add 750 g chicken breast, pour 750 ml red wine over, cover with a plate and leave in the fridge to marinate overnight. 12 hours
3 Coq au vin : Photo of step #3

First-stage cooking of meat

Next day, drain the chicken breasts and dry on absorbant paper.
5 min.
4 Coq au vin : Photo of step #4Heat 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. 4 min.
5 Coq au vin : Photo of step #5

Cook the vegetables

Drain the vegetables and discard the bouquet garni.
3 min.
6 Coq au vin : Photo of step #6Put 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,. 2 min.
7 Coq au vin : Photo of step #7Return the chicken to the pan and heat everything on high heat.

Pour in ½ glass Brandy (Cognac or Armagnac) all at once...
1 min.
8 Coq au vin : Photo of step #8...and set light to the cognac (flambé). 1 min.
9 Coq au vin : Photo of step #9Once the flames are out, sprinkle 3 tablespoons flour over and mix in. 2 min.
10 Coq au vin : Photo of step #10Pour in the wine from the marinade, salt and pepper, then turn down the heat and leave to simmer gently. 1 min.
11 Coq au vin : Photo of step #11

Prepare the mushrooms

Meanwhile, peel 300 g mushrooms and cut into small pieces.
10 min.
12 Coq au vin : Photo of step #12Fry rapidly in the pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil... 4 min.
13 Coq au vin : Photo of step #13...then add to the simmering pan. 1 min.
14 Coq au vin : Photo of step #14

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.
2 hours
15 Coq au vin : Photo of step #15Serve 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.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
3023170 gr104 gr128 gr
151 %65 %10 %19 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1247 gr4 gr5 gr
6 %3 %<1 %1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
75542 gr25 gr32 gr
38 %16 %2 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 people : 19.67 €
Per person : 4.92 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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