Coq au vin



Preparation Time: 15 min
 
Notes:
 
Ingredients:

Coq au vin


Ingredients



  • 1 large free range chicken, cut into portions

  • 4 garlic clove, chopped

  • 2 Carrots, thinly diced

  • 1 celery stick, finely diced

  • 1 leek, thinly diced

  • 5 sprigs Thyme

  • 750ml Burgundy, or other red wine

  • 200g sweet, dry-cure bacon bits

  • 100g plain flour

  • salt and fresh ground black pepper

  • 24 Shallots, peeled

  • 24 chestnut or button mushrooms

  • 4 tbsp Cognac or brandy

  • 500ml chicken stock

  • 3 Bay leaves

  • 2 Tomatoes, skinned, seeded and diced
    3 tblsp Alan Coxon`s "Ale-Gar"

  • 1 tbsp tarragon, chopped

  • buttered mashed potato, to serve


To garnish:



    
 
Method:

Method


1. In a large bowl, place the chicken portions, garlic, carrot, celery, leek, thyme and Burgundy wine. Cover and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6.

3. In a large casserole dish, fry the bacon bits over medium heat until crisp.

4. Meanwhile, strain the chicken and vegetables, reserving the marinade.

5. Season the marinated chicken portions with salt and freshly ground pepper and coat in flour.

6. Add the chicken portions to the bacon in the casserole dish and fry until browned on all sides.

7. Add the reserved marinated vegetables, shallots and mushrooms. Fry until softened.

8. Remove the casserole dish from the heat, pour in the Cognac and return to the stove. The Cognac should flame in the casserole, cook until the flames die down.

9. Gradually stir in the reserved marinade and stock, then add the bay leaves.

10. Cover the casserole dish and cook in the oven for 1 hour.

11. Stir in the tomato and tarragon.

12. Garnish with croutons and parsley, and serve with creamy mashed potato.
 
Serves: 4
 
     
 
 
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