In celebration of Bastille day and because it is so DAMN freezing right now I cooked up a big batch of Coq au Vin on the weekend. It’s such a classic French dish and contains many of my favourite things: chicken, lardons, wine and onions. If you are French please stop reading now because this is not an authentic Coq au Vin. I cheated and made it in my Tefal Cuisine Companion (and the recipe will also work for those of you with a Thermomix or equivalents). It involves minimal effort but maximum reward as this rich boozy French stew certainly warms you up from the inside out.
The recipe does involve cooking the chicken in almost an entire bottle of wine but don’t worry most of the alcohol burns off in the cooking process so I find you can easily justify a cheeky glass or two with your dinner as well. Like most casserole type dishes this cheat’s coq au vin tastes even better if you reheat it the next night – but if you’re like me you’re unlikely to have leftovers. I like to serve this with crusty bread for mopping up the amazing sauce and some green (French!) beans on the side.
- 15g olive oil
- 2 shallots, skin removed
- 1 onion, skin removed and cut into quarters
- 2 cloves of garlic, skin removed
- 500g chicken thigh fillets, skin off and cut into thirds
- 70g bacon, sliced into lardons
- 100g of carrots, sliced
- 150g of fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 600 ml red wine
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and pepper to season
- 1. Fit the Tefal Cusine Companion withe the ultrablade and place the olive oil, shallots, onion, and garlic into the bowl. Place the lid on and cook for 3 minutes at 100c on speed one.
- 2. Replace the ultrablade with the mixer and add the bacon. Place the lid on and cook for 2 minutes at 100c on speed five.
- 3. Put the chicken, carrots and bay leaves into the bowl. Place the lid on and cook for five mins at 100c on speed five.
- 4. Add the wine and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Set slow cook program P2: 45 minutes at 95c.
- 5. Transfer to a big pot to serve.
If you want to read more about my Tefal Cuisine Companion (which was given to me by Tefal) here’s my review. Tefal also provided lots of the ingredients for this dish.