Classic Elegance: Coq au Vin


Indulge in the rich heritage of French cuisine with our Classic Elegance: Coq au Vin. This timeless dish features chicken slowly braised in a luxurious red wine sauce, accompanied by mushrooms, pearl onions, and lardons. Each bite is a testament to the depth and complexity of traditional French cooking, offering a warm and hearty experience.

Classic Elegance: Coq au Vin

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Sodium: 700mg
  • Sugar: 5g


  • Chicken (thighs and drumsticks): 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs)
  • Dry Red Wine: 750ml (25.4 oz)
  • Chicken Stock: 500ml (17 oz)
  • Bacon: 150g (5.3 oz), diced
  • Pearl Onions: 200g (7 oz)
  • Button Mushrooms: 250g (8.8 oz)
  • Garlic: 3 cloves, minced
  • Tomato Paste: 2 tbsp
  • Flour: 2 tbsp
  • Fresh Thyme: A few sprigs
  • Bay Leaves: 2
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste
  • Fresh Parsley: For garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. Brown Chicken: In a large pot, brown the chicken and bacon. Remove and set aside.
  2. Cook Vegetables: Sauté mushrooms, onions, and garlic.
  3. Make Sauce: Add flour, tomato paste, wine, and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Braise: Return chicken to the pot. Add thyme and bay leaves. Cover and simmer for about 2 hours.
  5. Serve: Season to taste. Garnish with parsley. Serve with crusty bread or mashed potatoes.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a good quality red wine for a richer flavor.
  • Slowly simmer the dish to develop depth of flavor.
  • Brown the chicken well for added complexity.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use white wine instead?

Red wine is traditional, but white wine will create a different but still delicious dish.

How can I thicken the sauce?

Simmer uncovered at the end to reduce and thicken the sauce.

Can I make this in advance?

Yes, it tastes even better the next day as the flavors meld.