Coq Au Vin or rooster with wine is a classic French dish that isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Chicken is braised in a silky wine sauce and finished off with butter for the most perfect sauce. Use a nice red wine here and even better if it’s from Burgundy! Bacon, mushrooms, and pearl onions give this dish so much flavor and makes this one of our favorite chicken dinners to make for guests. They’ll be so impressed!
3 lb. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks
Freshly ground black pepper
6 strips bacon, cut into 1″ pieces
8-oz. baby bellas, sliced
8-oz. pearl onions, peeled
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 c. red wine
1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp. brandy
Small bunch thyme
3 tbsp. butter
Freshly chopped parsley, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350°. Season chicken all over with salt and pepper.
- In a large dutch oven over medium heat, add bacon and cook until crispy, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
- To same pot, add chicken, working in batches as necessary. Cook until skin is golden, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove chicken to a plate. Drain all but 3 tablespoons oil from pot.
- To same pot, add mushrooms, onions, and carrots and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add tomato paste and stir to coat vegetables, then add flour and stir until vegetables are coated. Slowly pour in wine, broth, and brandy. Return chicken and half the bacon to pot. Add thyme, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, cover with lid and place in oven. Cook until chicken is cooked through and internal temperature reads 165°, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and place on a plate to keep warm.
- Return pot to stove over medium heat, add in butter, and simmer until sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Serve chicken with sauce poured over and topped with remaining bacon and parsley.