To be honest, I haven’t had the opportunity to travel to France, but I can dream right?. If I ever had the opportunity it would be during my favorite season, Autumn. I thought how can I get to experience a taste of Paris during the fall season, then it came to me, Coq Au Vin, chicken cooked in red wine. It’s a comforting dish that’s perfect when you want the best of French comfort food.
Whenever you’re cooking something for a long time all the flavors tend to get slightly dull. People way smarter than Ifigured out how to bring braised dishes back to life, make them pop! They top braised dishes right before serving with what’s called a *Gremolata.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 1 (6-quart) Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid, large mixing bowl
4 chickens breasts, bone-in, skin-on, cut in half
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
6 to 8 bacon slices, cut into lardons
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 medium-size onion, small dice
3 leafy-top carrots, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of garlic, minced
1 pint of Cremini mushrooms, quartered
8 baby Yukon gold potatoes, halved
1 cup chicken broth, low-sodium or unsalted
3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
1 cup of Cabernet Sauvignon
Ingredients For Gremolata:
1 cup of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 lemon, zested
pinch of Kosher salt
pinch of fresh ground black pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Preheat a Dutch oven over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes until hot. Add the *lardons. When the fat begins to melt reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. As more fat gathers in the pot reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, flip the *lardons and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove any crisp lardons onto a plate lined with a paper towel and move any lardon that needs additional time to the center of the pot to continue cooking until the remaining lardons are all crisp.
Meanwhile, lay the chicken out on paper towels and pat dry. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl add the all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper, whisk to combine. When the bacon is all removed from the pot, turn up the heat to medium. Dredge the chicken pieces into the seasoned flour, shake off any excess, carefully arrange the pieces, skin side down in the pot, do not overcrowd. Cook the chicken pieces in batches for around 5 minutes, turning to brown both sides evenly. Transfer the first batch to a plate, continue to brown the remaining pieces. Set aside.
To the pot add olive oil, onions, carrots, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic, cook for 1 minute more. Put the bacon (lardons) and chicken back into the pot. Add the wine, chicken broth, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, mushrooms, and potatoes, and bring to a bubble. Cover and place into the oven for 35 to 45 minutes, until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 165-degrees F. and the potatoes are fork-tender.
Whenever you’re making a stew or braising some type of meat where it needs to cook for a long time, all the flavors tend to get slightly dull. People much smarter than me figured out how to bring braised dishes back to life, make them pop! They top braised dishes, right before serving, with a *Gremolata.
Directions For The *Gremolata:
Start with lemon zest, garlic, flat-leaf Italian parsley, Kosher salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Place all the ingredients on a cutting board and chop them up together as finely as possible. Place into a bowl. Spoon on top of the finished dish. This way you can stir it in right before you eat. *Gremolata brings all the flavors back to life from any long cooking process.
Ladle the Coq Au Vin into a porcelain serving bowl with a dollop of that amazing Gremolata on top. Alongside, a good loaf of crusty French bread for dipping. You must give this dish a try, it’s so delicious. There you have it, my
Coq Au Vin.
*Lardons, also called lardoon or larding, are small 1/4″ strips of fatty bacon used in a wide variety of cuisines.
*Gremolata or Gremonlada is a chopped herb condiment classically made of lemon zest, garlic, and parsley. It’s a traditional accompaniment to many braised dishes., Gremolata is also used as a garnish.