Coq au Vin, chicken in red wine sauce, is an immensely popular and luxurious dish that everyone can fall in love with, and if you’re after a meal that will impress all of your friends, this has to be it! It’s not as complicated as it might sound, and it has a few variants you can try if you fancy different tastes.
This traditional French dish has a long history and is well worth making into one of your staple meals. Flavorful, tender, and enormously tempting, you can put this dish together in less than two hours, and it really is a treat for the tastebuds – so why not give it a try?
How To Make Jamie Oliver Coq Au Vin
To create this succulent dish, the main ingredients you’re going to need are:
- A whole chicken, as this forms the basis of the dish and is the key ingredient
- Some high-quality bacon or pancetta, for additional flavor
- Carrots, which lend the dish a sweet warmth
- A dry red wine (although you can use white wine instead if you prefer)
- Some excellent brandy or Cognac, for deepening the flavor of the wine
- Flavorful chicken stock, homemade if possible
- Onions to create a foundation for the dish
- Cremini mushrooms, for adding creaminess and depth
- Flour, for thickening the sauce
- Thyme, to complement the flavor of the meat
- Preparation: Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
- Cook Bacon: Add 4 ounces of diced bacon or pancetta and cook over medium heat until lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Brown the Chicken: Pat dry a whole chicken (cut into 8 pieces) and season with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken pieces in batches in the Dutch oven, then remove and set aside with the bacon.
- Sauté Vegetables: Add 1/2 pound of diagonally cut carrots and 1 sliced yellow onion to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, and cook until the onions are lightly browned. Add 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic and cook for another minute.
- Combine and Cook: Return the bacon and chicken to the pot. Add 1/4 cup of Cognac or brandy, 1/2 bottle of dry red wine, 1 cup of chicken stock, and 10 sprigs of fresh thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot, and place it in the oven for 30-40 minutes.
- Final Touches: Mash 1 tablespoon of butter with 1 1/2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and stir into the stew. Add 1/2 pound of frozen small whole onions and 1/2 pound of thickly sliced cremini mushrooms. Bring the stew to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Season to taste and serve hot.
Tips & Tricks
If you’re eager to make this chicken dish the best it can possibly be, try out our additional tips:
- Use a full-bodied, dry red wine for this dish if possible; this is going to be the dominant flavor of the dish, so you really want a wine that tastes amazing. You can choose any red wine that you enjoy, but traditionally, the dish is made with a Burgundy.
- If you decide to swap for a white wine, opt for something like a Sauvignon Blanc or a Chardonnay; you want a dry, crisp option.
- Don’t overcook the dish once you’ve added the mushrooms, or they may lose some of their structure. They are perfect after about 10 minutes of simmering, so don’t overdo it!
- Feel free to add some different herbs if you’re not keen on the thyme; chicken also works beautifully with oregano and rosemary, or you can branch out and get more adventurous.
- Some wonderful side dishes include roasted Brussels sprouts, rice, scalloped potatoes, or even a simple green salad.
How do you make Coq au Vin with white wine?
It’s easy to make this dish with white wine; simply swap the red wine out and replace it with the same quantity of white wine. You will get a lighter, more delicate meal, and you don’t need to make any other changes.
Why has my dish turned purple?
This is a pretty normal thing to see; it’s most likely because of your red wine. Sometimes, the pigments in the wine will dye your chicken (and possibly even the vegetables). Don’t worry; this won’t affect the flavor!
Does Coq au Vin freeze well?
Yes, you can freeze Coq au Vin by letting it cool and then placing it in an airtight container and putting it in your freezer for up to 3 months. It can be thawed in the fridge overnight, and then reheated and enjoyed!
Is Coq au Vin healthy?
Coq au Vin is quite a fatty meal because of the bacon and the butter, but it’s not too bad, and you can serve it with vegetables or salad to make it a lighter, more balanced meal.
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Coq au Vin may sound complicated, but it’s a pretty easy dish to make, and many people enjoy its rich, deep flavors and the succulence of the meat. Wow all your friends with this incredible meal, which can easily become a staple of your weeknight dinners.