Coq au Vin
Inspired by Ina Garten
Perfectly paired with our hope & grace Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
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2 Tbsp olive oil
4 oz bacon
1 (3- to 4-lb) chicken, cut in eighths
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 lb(s) carrots, cut diagonally in 1-inch pieces
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 tsp garlic, chopped
1/4 cup Cognac
1/2 bottle (375 mL) Pinot Noir / Burgundy
1 cup chicken stock
10 sprigs fresh thyme
2 Tbsp butter, at room temperature, divided
1 . Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 lb(s) frozen pearl onions
1/2 lb(s) cremini mushrooms, stems removed and thickly sliced
Preheat the oven to 250ºF.
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove the bacon to a plate with a slotted spoon.
Meanwhile, lay the chicken out on paper towels and pat dry. Liberally sprinkle the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. When the bacon is removed, brown the chicken pieces in batches in a single layer for about 5 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Remove the chicken to the plate with the bacon and continue to brown until all the chicken is done. Set aside.
Add the carrots, onions, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper to the pan and cook over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the Cognac and put the bacon, chicken, and any juices that collected on the plate into the pot. Add the wine, chicken stock, and thyme and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on top of the stove.
Mash 1 tablespoon of butter and the flour together and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. In a medium sauté pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and cook the mushrooms over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until browned. Add to the stew. Bring the stew to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Season to taste. Serve hot.
Serve with your favorite hope and grace red wine.