Coq au vin

Trish Deseines easy to prepare chicken stew makes a great family meal and is perfect to make in a slow cooker
By Trish Deseine
Coq au vin
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  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 125 g butter
  • olive oil
  • 1 free-range chicken, approx 2kg
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, plus extra for croûtons
  • 20 pickled onions, peeled but unpickled
  • 200 g smoked streaky bacon, (poitrine fume), cut into chunks
  • splashes cognac
  • 2 bottles good-quality red wine
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 250 g button mushrooms
  • 1 baguette, for croûtons


1. In a heavy-based casserole dish, heat half the butter and some oil and brown the chicken with the garlic, onions and bacon.

2. Pour a good swig of cognac, over the chicken and flame (be careful). Stir, then add the red wine and the bouquet garni. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

3. Bring to the boil and simmer very gently for about 3 hours, until the chicken is done.

4. Just before serving, fry the mushrooms in the rest of the butter until golden and add them to the casserole.

5. Slice the baguette, rub the slices with a cut half-clove of garlic, sprinkle some olive oil on and toast under the grill. Serve on top of the coq au vin.

Recipe by Trish Deseine
From Trishs French Kitchen, published by Kyle Cathie

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