The famous French dish Coq Au Vin is a wonderful chicken recipe to serve on special occasions or when you feel the need to eat something exceptional or unique. I love updating recipes and creating new ones. I also enjoy given food away to my family because I know they will share their likes and dislikes about taste and flavor. It is not always good, but at least I can trust them and make the right adjustments.
Every so often I take virtual trips to my kitchen. One might say that it is a bit weird, but as I previously mentioned in many of my posts, cooking is therapy for me. It is cheaper than hiring a psychiatrist, and the result is a happy and full stomach. What is better than being in my sanctuary? Please don’t all answer at once! LOL
What is Coq au Vin
Coq Au Vin is chicken cooked in wine with a mixture of spices, mushrooms, and bacon. There are several recipes, and each of them represents the personal touch of the cook or chef. My personal touch is adding a blend of fresh spices accompanied by Pikliz and letting the chicken marinates for a few hours before cooking.
One other important factor in making this dish and adding my culinary Caribbean touches. These touches are cleaning the chicken with lemon, lime or vinegar which is just a Caribbean thing and the blend of spices. If you prefer not to clean your chicken this way, that is up to you. But in the Caribbean, we use lots of herbs and spices to make our dishes more flavorful.
Another primary ingredient is a wonderful wine. No cheap wine there, please! If you want perfection, this dish requires a good red wine. You will not regret it. A nice deep flavored Shiraz or Argentinian Malbec works for me. I always think deep flavored red dry or semi-sweet wine add more aroma and flavor to poultry and meat. As far as seafood, dry white wine definitely.
How to make this special dish
First, the chicken pieces are cleaned with lemon, vinegar or lime. The herbs and spices blend is next. Dusted in flour and then browned to create a thin crust and color. The chicken pieces are cooked in broth and wine and finished with the earthy flavors of mushrooms. Just the way it was intended!
How to serve it
You can serve this special recipe with a salad and potato au gratin or macaroni au gratin.
Original recipe published 6/9/2014. Updated to include seasoning variations and cooking method.