Coq au Vin

The coq au vin recipe is quintessentially French, dating back hundreds of years. It was originally peasant food – literally rooster (le coq) cooked in wine (vin). Updated French cooking has turned this dish into a delicious chicken stew, cooked with wine, carrots , onions, lardons and mushrooms. Legend has it that the chief of the Gaules sent Julius Cesaer a rooster – the sign of valiance, during the Roman conquest. The cock was lean and aggressive, to signify the determination of the Gauls. Caesaer invited the chief of the Gauls to dinner, and served the very same rooster, cooked in wine.

There are many French recipes for this dish, using different regional wines. Red wine, riesling and vin jaune from the Jura region of France, are some of the possibilities.

Coq au Vin Recipe

  • 2 whole large chickens, cut into pieces
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 whole carrots, peeled and cut into pieces
  • ½ bottle good red cooking wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 bouquet of fresh herbs, thyme, bay leaf, parsley
  • 1 fresh tomato, diced
  • 6 bacon slices cooked and cut into bits (lardons)
  • 12 small onions - peeled
  • Salt and pepper
  • Salt and pepper the chicken parts. Marinate the chicken in red wine, onions, herbs and carrots. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours

  • Sauté the garlic in olive oil. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade. Pat dry and and brown the pieces on both sides.Pour in the marinade carrots, onions, mushrooms, chicken stock and herbs. Cover and simmer until chicken is completely cooked (approximately 20 minutes).

  • Salt and pepper to taste. Add in lardons.

    Your house will smell wonderful because the chicken is slow cooked. Then, "le moment magique" … when you taste it. Serve potatoes or rice on the side and of course a glass of wine.

    French Vocabulary

    The magic moment Le moment magique
    Chicken Le poulet
    Olive oil L’huile d’olive
    Garlic L’ail
    Carrots Les carottes
    Red wine Le vin rouge
    Mushrooms Les champignons
    Chicken stock Le bouillon de poulet
    Bouquet of herbs Le bouquet garni

    Tomato La tomate
    Bacon Le lard
    Bacon bits Les lardons
    Small onions Les petits oignons

    Salt Le sel
    Pepper Le Poivre
    Rooster (cock) Le coq
    It is delicious. Il est délicieux.

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