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Quick Coq Au Vin.

November 20, 2010

Lately, while trying to take a bigger role in cooking… Hey, what’s a girl supposed to do when she is so lucky to have a boy who is a wiz in the kitchen… Anyway, I have been experimenting with new recipes and getting back that feeling of joy through cooking. For a time life had gotten so hectic that I found myself quickly throwing together the same recipes week after week. This week I decided to take on a quick Coq Au Vin recipe and to our enjoyment it went smashingly if I do say so myself!

Used my handy Epicurious App on my iPhone and headed to Whole Foods.

Quick Coq Au Vin

Serves: 4

Total Time: 45 Minutes to an hour


  • 4 bacon slices, coarsely chopped
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
  • 8 ounces large crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, halved
  • 8 large shallots, peeled, halved through root end
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine (such as Syrah)
  • 1 1/2 cups low-salt chicken broth, divided
  • 4 teaspoons all purpose flour


Preheat oven to 300°F.

Sauté bacon in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer to bowl. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon parsley. Add to drippings in skillet. Sauté until cooked through, about 6 minutes per side; transfer to pie dish (reserve skillet). Place in oven to keep warm.

Add mushrooms and shallots to skillet; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Sauté until brown, about 4 minutes. Add garlic; toss 10 seconds. Add wine, 1 1/4 cups broth, bacon, and 1 tablespoon parsley. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Boil 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place flour in small cup.

Add 1/4 cup broth, stirring until smooth. Add flour mixture to sauce. Cook until sauce thickens, 3 to 4 minutes. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Arrange chicken on platter; stir juices from pie dish into sauce and spoon over chicken. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon parsley.

It was VERY easy and relatively quick, about an hour from beginning to finished product. The boy loved it and I was quite pleased with myself as well. I substituted some homemade smoked bacon for the regular bacon and the bacon alone was amazing! Sadly, we were so engrossed in the smells and digging in that I forgot to take a photo of the finished product.
Try it out and let me know how it goes!
Photos by me.
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