Barefoot Bloggers Coq Au Vin

by jerseygirl on December 11, 2008 · 40 comments

This month’s first Barefoot Bloggers recipe is Coq Au Vin. I had a hard time pronouncing this but was very excited to make it. Since my husband had 4 years of French, I was finally able to get down the pronunciation. The dish was wonderful. I made some simple changes by cutting down on the bacon and removing the skin of the chicken. I changed the cooking method slightly and did not add the butter and flour to the sauce at the end. I also used all dark meat since this makes a flavorful stew. I did not have brandy so I substituted apple juice and this worked out well. If you would like Ina Garten’s original recipe, click here. The recipe with my changes are below. It was great with a side of garlic mashed potatoes. Everyone in the family except the picky boy(my 7 year old son) was happy with dinner. Leftovers were even better. Thanks to Bethany of This Little Piggy Went to Market for picking this. She has great taste in recipes.

I am happy to say I also won a copy of Ina’s new cookbook in a recipe contest. I will tell you more about that next week. Come back tomorrow for a great chocolate recipe and giveaway. Who wouldn’t want free chocolate?

I also wanted everyone to be aware of a good cause that I will be blogging about. On Monday, December 15th, NJ Bloggers will be participating in the “blogging out hunger campaign”. If you would like to join in, please go to Jersey Bites to get more information. Deb has a goal of getting 100 NJ bloggers to help the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Please help this cause if you can.

Coq Au Vin

1 TBS olive oil
2 slices good quality bacon, diced
4 chicken leg quarters, cut in half and skin removed
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound baby carrots
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4 cup apple juices
1/2 bottle (375 ml) good dry red wine such as Burgundy
1 cup good chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 tsp dried thyme
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
3 TBS fresh chopped parsley
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove the bacon to a plate with a slotted spoon. Meanwhile, lay the chicken out on paper towels and pat dry. Liberally sprinkle the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. When the bacon is removed, brown the chicken pieces in batches in a single layer for about 5 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Remove the chicken to the plate with the bacon and continue to brown until all the chicken is done. Set aside. Add the carrots, onions, 1 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper to the pan and cook over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the apple juice and put the bacon, chicken, and any juices that collected on the plate into the pot. Add the wine, chicken stock, thyme and mushrooms and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for 45 minutes, until the chicken is tender. Add the parsley and season with salt and pepper if necessary. Makes 4 servings.
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Annie December 11, 2008 at 12:03 am

Oh Lisa that looks so good. I like your changes~ a little more healthy!!
I’ve always thought about making this dish but felt intimidated. You just changed that for me 😉

Barbara Bakes December 11, 2008 at 12:20 am

They always had this at a wonderful french restaurant that we use to go to that is now closed. Yours looks delicious!

Mary December 11, 2008 at 1:24 am

This looks really good, Lisa. Good luck with your efforts for the food bank.

Cathy December 11, 2008 at 1:36 am

Yours looks wonderful! I wish I thought to serve mine with mashed potatoes. I also like your idea of substituting apple juice for the brandy — I went out and bought brandy, and maybe it was a bad brandy or something, but I felt like it was very overpowering in the stew. It looks like yours was just right!

ConversationsWithACupcake December 11, 2008 at 1:46 am

Looks gorgeous! I always worry about cooking anything that I can’t pronounce. Perhaps I should get me a resident french-man. Of course, my husband may feel slightly opposed to that sort of a plan.

I’ll stick to drooling over your dish!

HoneyB December 11, 2008 at 5:10 am

This looks delicious! I love garlic mashed potatoes too!

I think its great your part of the NJ food bank!

MrOrph December 11, 2008 at 6:14 am

Lisa, what an excellent looking plate of comforting goodness!

Cut down on the bacon???!!! Well, okay.

Culinarywannabe December 11, 2008 at 7:03 am

Mmmm – and the garlic potatoes look delicious as well!

Debbie December 11, 2008 at 8:01 am

Looks delicious. I could never pronounce this either!!!

Kirsten December 11, 2008 at 10:02 am

Yours looks good. I like the apple juice idea. We are hoping to get ours made this weekend! December 11, 2008 at 10:03 am

This looks delish. Thanks for the plug for “Blogging Out Hunger.” We’re up to 79 blogs as of this minute.

I am so jealous you won Ina’s book. Love her.

Allie December 11, 2008 at 10:11 am

Oh wow this looks wonderful! Good luck with your part in the food bank I hope it turns out better then expected.

Bunny December 11, 2008 at 10:44 am

This looks very good Lisa, and I don’t see anything on the ingredient list that i don’t already have. I’m gonna try this! Good luck with your food bank event!

Kaitlin December 11, 2008 at 10:51 am

This looks absolutely delish!!!!

karen December 11, 2008 at 11:10 am

congrats on winning the book! i’m still trying to figure out how to pronounce this dish name, lol.

Aggie December 11, 2008 at 11:36 am

Oh, I’m so glad you made this, I didn’t get to this week so I had to see how it turned out! Yours looks so wonderful and delicious, and I love the changes you made! I will try to make it before the end of the month…

Peter M December 11, 2008 at 11:46 am

'Tis a classic I never tire of…chicken & mushrooms…yum!

Lisa December 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Yours looks really good – great job!

Maria December 11, 2008 at 12:15 pm

I like the healthy changes! Good job!

Patsyk December 11, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Looks wonderful! I like how you lightened it up.

biz319 December 11, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Congrats on the recipe contest win!

That Girl December 11, 2008 at 3:40 pm

I remember the first time I made coq au vin I was so impressed with myself – and yet it’s just so easy!

chocolatechic December 11, 2008 at 3:54 pm

I like that you left the carrots whole.

priscilla December 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm

this looks so yummy, prefect meal for dinner time!

Leslie December 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm

I love Coq Au warm and rustic!

Peggy December 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Lisa that looks just delicious. I think the apple juice was a good substitute. Great job!

Janine December 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm

This looks delicious, I’ll check out the Food Bank blogging, thanks for the link

The Blonde Duck December 11, 2008 at 6:34 pm

You’re a lot braver than me!

Pam December 11, 2008 at 7:47 pm

I’ve always been scared to may coq au vin but your recipe doesn’t look too hard. Excellent meal!

Sara December 12, 2008 at 12:16 am

Your coq au vin looks great, I made it a few months back and we loved it!

Proud Italian Cook December 12, 2008 at 1:01 am

Warm and comforting, you can’t go wrong with chicken, mushrooms and potatoes!

natalia December 12, 2008 at 3:41 am

Ciao ! This really looks great ! And I love your gingerbread house too !

Katherine Aucoin December 12, 2008 at 9:38 am

I like this during the winter, but I’m thing of tryin it with white wine next time instead of red. Yours looks very good. I admire your work with the Food Bank.

kat December 12, 2008 at 11:11 am

What a wonderful dish December 12, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Such a hearty and soal satisfying dish. I like your idea of exchanging brandy for apple juice.

Jan December 12, 2008 at 9:40 pm

It’s a long time since I made coq au vin, thank you for reminding me about it. Your recipe sounds delish.

black eyed susans kitchen December 14, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Now this looks delicious! I will be giving it a try. Thank you once again for a terrific recipe.
♥, Susan

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home December 16, 2008 at 6:54 am

This looks so good!

Maria December 16, 2008 at 9:52 am

Lisa this is perfect food for this cold time of year. It looks so yummy and comforting.


Candy December 17, 2008 at 4:28 pm

This looks great. It’s one I’m definitely keeping around.

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