Monday, January 4, 2010

C'est Magnifique!

Thanks to the Pioneer Woman we now have a new favorite dish in our house. I tried Coq au Vin and it was a success. You can't really go wrong with a recipe that has wine as it's main ingredient. The recipe calls for Burgundy but I decided to use Cavernet Sauvignon. Pinot Noir would be good as well.

The only thing in this recipe that didn't go over so well with my kids were the mushrooms. They just can't get used to the texture of them.
I had to pull out the cute dishes for this!

Whatever you do, don't use a non stick skillet. I used a big stainless steel one, it allows all of those good browned bits to stick to the pan. When you deglaze with wine, stir 'em all up. Yum!!

  • 1 whole Fryer Chicken
  • 4 slices Bacon, Cut Into Small Pieces
  • ½ whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • ½ cups Carrots, Washed, Peeled, And Roughly Chopped
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 pound White Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 2 cups Burgundy Wine
  • 1 pound Pasta (egg Noodles Or Fettucini)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Parsley, Fresh, Minced
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
Preparation Instructions

Saute bacon pieces in a large skillet over medium low heat until fat is rendered. Remove bacon from the skillet and set aside. Increase heat to medium.

Salt fat side of chicken pieces, then place chicken, fat side down, in skillet and cook in bacon grease until both sides are nice and golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside in a 2-quart baking dish, skin side up.

Saute onions, carrots and garlic in bacon grease until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Remove from grease with slotted spoon and set aside.

In a separate skillet, saute mushrooms in 2 tablespoons butter until golden, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Layer half of the bacon pieces, carrot/onion mixture, and mushrooms in pan with chicken.

Drain grease from the large skillet, then place over medium heat. Pour in 2 cups Burgundy wine, using a wire whisk to scrape loose all the burned/brown bits. Lightly salt liquid and allow to cook for 3 minutes. Pour over chicken and vegetables. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours.

Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and toss with 2 tablespoons butter.

Serve chicken in a pasta bowl with noodles, sprinkling minced parsley over the top. Spoon juice from baking dish over the top of everything.


  1. That looks Heavenly! Kudos to you, Shauna! I will be making this one for the hubster. I've really missed reading your blog!


  2. Oh my goodness that looks good! I have chicken out for tomorrow, I just might have to try this.

  3. This looks wonderful. I must give it a try.

  4. I love wine dishes but I'm not crazy about mushrooms. Aside from that, this looks fantastic!

  5. This looks fantastic!
    Your picture of this delicious dish encourages me to fix this. I can just about smell the goodness in the air. Ummmmmm, wonderful!

    Have a great day and God bless,

  6. Your photographs can rival the Pioneer Woman's also. That is high compliment, be certain! Love, love, love the photos! Keep up the inspiration!

    Denise Burks

  7. Love your food photos - they are looking great !

    You asked about my before and after pictures and the Italian seasoning....I used the lid for the pumpkin tassel and did a tutorial.... I was wayyyyy to lazy to write stuff and add links, LOL !


  8. Looks luscious! Silly children! Mushrooms are my reason for eating.

  9. I'm up for anything that has Pinot Noir as an ingredient!

  10. This is one of our favorite dishes when we are having chicken (we are mostly vegan, but occasionally have fish or chicken). There is something so heart warming about it. I got my recipe from a blogger in NC. I can not even remember the wine it called for because I have not made it for ages!!


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