Easiest Coq au Vin

    Easiest Coq au Vin

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    About this recipe: This classic French chicken dish is quick and easy to make. Choose a full-bodied red wine for the best flavoured sauce. Enjoy with potatoes and a side of veggies, if desired.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 6 

    • 1 bouquet garni
    • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • 100ml water
    • 150g bacon, cut into thin strips
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 shallots, finely chopped
    • 2 small onions, finely chopped
    • 250g button mushrooms
    • 1 (2kg) whole chicken, pre-cut with chicken livers
    • 30g plain flour
    • 40g butter
    • 50g fresh parsley, chopped
    • 750ml red wine
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:2hr30min  ›  Ready in:3hr 

    1. Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat and cook the chicken until brown (without the liver). Add the onions, shallots, garlic and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes then add the flour and mix well. Add the red wine, water and tomato puree, then the bouquet garni, season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer for about 2 hours.
    2. In the meantime, wash the mushrooms, remove the stalks then thinly slice the caps. Cook the bacon in a frying pan over low heat for 5 minutes, then add the mushrooms and cook over high heat for 6 or 7 minutes. Pour this mixture into a large serving bowl and keep warm in the oven.
    3. Drain the chicken and transfer the pieces to the serving bowl already containing the bacon and mushrooms. Bring the sauce to the boil for 5 minutes on high heat to thicken. Crush and mash the liver in a bowl with a fork, then add it to the sauce. Pour the sauce through a sieve then pour into the serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

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