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Cheater Coq au Vin kicked up a notch.
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Posted to Thread #21926 at 10:45 pm on Apr 10, 2012
This is my go to recipe when I want to make dish in advance for company.
Cheater coq au vin (from Chatleaine Magazine) Makes 6 servings
Don't let the fancy name of this classic party dish stop you; it all boils down to a chicken stew. Our easy take comes together in less than an hour. (Sylvia’s addition of dried mushrooms kicks the recipe up a notch or two.)
4 bacon slices
12- oz (375- g) pkg whole button or shiitake mushrooms or a mix of mushrooms
12 skinless, boneless chicken thighs or 6 chicken breasts
1 red onion or 4 shallots or 8 pearl onions (see “Coq au vin tips,” below)
2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
2 cups (500 mL) white or red wine
10- oz (284- mL) can undiluted chicken broth
1/4 cup (50 mL) cognac or brandy
2 tsp (10 mL) Dijon mustard
2 tsp (10 mL) dried thyme leaves
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped parsley
1. Stack bacon and slice crosswise into thin strips. Set a large, wide saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until crispy, 5 to 7 min. As pieces are done, remove to a large bowl.
2. Meanwhile, wipe mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel. If rinsed, they absorb water and won't brown in pan. Slice large ones in half; leave small ones whole. Add to bacon fat in pan. Stir often until brown around edges, 3 min. Add mushrooms to bowl with bacon.
3. Lightly coat pan with a little oil. Add half of chicken. Cook until lightly golden, about 3 min per side. Remove to bowl with mushrooms and bacon. Repeat with remaining chicken. Meanwhile, cut onion in half, then slice each half into quarters. If using shallots, slice into quarters; leave pearl onions whole.
4. Melt butter in pan. Add onion. Sauté 2 min. Add flour and stir constantly for 2 min. Pour in a little wine. Scrape up bits from pan bottom. Stir in remaining wine, broth, cognac, Dijon and thyme. Return bacon, mushrooms and chicken to pan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to medium-low. Simmer, partially covered, stirring often, until chicken is cooked through and liquid thickens a little, 20 to 25 min.
5. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed. Stir in parsley. Serve alongside roasted potatoes and cooked green beans. Serve with crusty bread for soaking up all the flavourful sauce. Will keep well, covered, in the refrigerator at least 2 days or in the freezer up to 1 month.
COQ AU VIN TIPS • Red wine is traditionally used in this recipe, but we prefer white because it makes for a more attractive sauce – use whichever you like to drink. • While coq au vin is often made with pearl onions, they're a pain to peel, so we've provided options. If using pearl, boil in water for 3 min. Plunge in cold water for 2 min. Slice off root ends and peel off skins. • French chefs begin this dish by cutting up a whole chicken. While the skin adds flavour, it also adds a ton of fat and softens during cooking. Save time and calories by using skinless, boneless chicken.
Sylvia’s addition: 1 1/2 oz dried mushrooms refreshed in warm water to cover. Sautee mushrooms and add with the regular one. Strain mushroom liquid through a coffee filter and add to the mix.
Other messages in this thread:
- 21926. Cheater Coq au Vin kicked up a notch. - Sylvia - 10:45pm on 04/10/12 (8)
- This looks delicious. I look forward to trying it. [NT] - emtd - 2:36pm on 04/11/12
- On my list to try. Thanks, S. [NT] - MarilynFL - 3:13pm on 04/11/12
- Why is this cheater? - Pam - 7:49pm on 04/12/12
- Pam, it has fewer steps compared to other recipes, i.e. Julia Child's. [NT] - Sylvia - 2:44pm on 04/13/12
- Silvia, for years I looked for the frozen, peeled pearl onions in Canada, as one can buy them in the - Marg CDN2 - 9:36pm on 04/12/12
- I can never find them here. Can't find frozen artichoke hearts either. [NT] - Melissa Dallas - 11:47pm on 04/12/12
- Oh yes. That was the other one. Eventually they showed up in Greek stores. [NT] - Marg CDN2 - 3:52pm on 04/13/12
- I can only find canned pearl onions or the fresh variety here in Ottawa. [NT] - Sylvia - 2:45pm on 04/13/12