It’s all gone a bit french round here , but when the vegebox had a big bag of shallots and a box of chestnut mushrooms the first thing I thought was coq au vin. A chicken casserole characterised by simmered shallots and mushrooms floating in rich red wine sauce.
Best of all this casserole dish tastes like it has been cooked for hours but actually only takes an hour in the oven , mostly due to the use of good homemade chicken stock and a full bodied red wine .
You need some good crusty bread or mashed potatoes to soak up the juices, the shallots should becomes buttery soft and the mushrooms ooze with cooking liquid. Any leftovers can be simmered down to make a rich pasta sauce so it’s worth making more than you need.
This recipe actually works really well replacing the wine with cider it may be sacrilege but I would quite like to try it with a white wine too, just to see how it would turn out.
Coq Au Vin (Chicken in Red Wine)
1 free range chicken cut into serving pieces (skin removed) or 6 chicken thighs ( without skin)
2 rashers of smoked bacon or pancetta
500ml of red wine
500ml of chicken stock ( recipe here)
6 garlic cloves roughly chopped
200g of shallots peeled but left whole
200 of chestnut mushrooms
1 sprig of thyme or rosemary depending on your preference removed from the stalks and finely chopped
Salt and Pepper
1 tbsp of butter
To serve with
- Toss the chicken in a mix of the rosemary/thyme , garlic, salt and pepper
- Brown the chicken & shallots in a frying pan
- Put the chicken pieces and shallots in a lidded casserole dish on the hob pour over the red wine, chicken stock and bring to a gentle simmer.
- Add the mushrooms , quartered if they are bigger than a ten pence piece.
- Place in the oven at 180degC for 45minutes, remove the lid and cook for a further 15 minutes.
- Serve with toasted rosemary ( Place a sprig of rosemary in the hot oven for 5 minutes , crumbled the toasted leaves over the dish)