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

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 10 min.
Coq au vin

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.

Stage 2 - 12 hours
Coq au vin
Add 750 g chicken breast, pour 750 ml red wine over, cover with a plate and leave in the fridge to marinate overnight.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Coq au vin

First-stage cooking of meat

Next day, drain the chicken breasts and dry on absorbant paper.

Stage 4 - 4 min.
Coq au vin
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.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
Coq au vin

Cook the vegetables

Drain the vegetables and discard the bouquet garni.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
Coq au vin
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,.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
Coq au vin

Flambé the chicken

Return the chicken to the pan and heat everything on high heat.

Pour in ½ glass Brandy (Cognac or Armagnac) all at once...

Stage 8 - 1 min.
Coq au vin
...and set light to the cognac (flambé).

Stage 9 - 2 min.
Coq au vin
Once the flames are out, sprinkle 3 tablespoons flour over and mix in.

Stage 10 - 1 min.
Coq au vin
Pour in the wine from the marinade, salt and pepper, then turn down the heat and leave to simmer gently.

Stage 11 - 10 min.
Coq au vin

Prepare the mushrooms

Meanwhile, peel 300 g mushrooms and cut into small pieces.

Stage 12 - 4 min.
Coq au vin
Fry rapidly in the pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil...

Stage 13 - 1 min.
Coq au vin
...then add to the simmering pan.

Stage 14 - 2 hours
Coq au vin

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.

Stage 15
Coq au vin
Serve the coq au vin with your preferred accompaniment, such as the sautéed potatoes shown here.
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.
Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,025 Kcal or 12,665 Kj170 gr104 gr128 gr
151 %65 %10 %19 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
124 Kcal or 519 Kj7 gr4 gr5 gr
6 %3 %<1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
756 Kcal or 3,165 Kj42 gr26 gr32 gr
38 %16 %2 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Celery, Sulfites, Gluten
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 19.67 €
  • Per person : 4.92 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Chicken breastChicken breast: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Chinese Soup, Tex-Mex chicken burger, Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust), Chicken "cantina", Chorba, ... All
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MushroomsMushrooms: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Mushroom and artichoke omelette, Penne with Mushrooms, Mushroom duxelles, Mushroom bourguignon, Vol-au-vent, ... All
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Rolled chestnut and apple brioche, Lobster Thermidor, Nonettes, Fougasse with bacon and Comté, Dipping bread with cheese, ... All
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