Coq au Vin

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  Coq au Vin

 This easy coq au vin recipe is made using white wine instead of the classic red and is served with creamy mash.  It will quickly become a family favourite. 

Coq au Vin

Serves 4 

Cooking time:


  • 4 chicken breasts, skin on and part boned
  • 1 tablesp. rapeseed or olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 100g bacon lardons or streaky rashers, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 30g butter
  • 1 tablesp. plain flour
  • 300mls white wine
  • 400mls stock or water
  • 1 tablesp. tomato purée
  • 100g button mushrooms, wiped clean
  • 100g shallots, peeled and left whole
  • 1 tablesp. lemon juice
  • 1 tablesp. chopped tarragon leaves or flat leaf parsley

To Cook

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C (350°F).

Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Season the chicken portions and add them to the pan, skin side down. Cook until lightly browned, turn to brown other side. Remove to an ovenproof casserole dish, skin side up.

Reduce the heat and add bacon, carrot, onion, celery and garlic to the frying pan. Cook until lightly browned. Transfer to the casserole dish. Add a tablespoon of butter to the pan. When this has melted stir in the flour then add the wine, stock or water and tomato purée. Allow to bubble up and thicken.

Transfer to the casserole dish. Cover and place in the oven for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, wipe out the frying pan, add a little more butter and sauté the button mushrooms and shallots. When softened remove to plate. When the chicken has been cooking for 30 minutes remove it from the oven, stir through the shallots, mushrooms and lemon juice. Return it to the oven, uncovered. This will allow the chicken skin to crispen. Allow to cook for another 20 minutes.

Before serving, taste and season the sauce and scatter over the tarragon or parsley.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with creamy mashed potatoes and carrots roasted with a little honey and finely chopped rosemary.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 41g 

Carbohydrates: 33g 

Fat: 32g 

Iron: 2.9mg 

Energy: 591 kcal