Cheater coq au vin

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15 min


6 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 44 minutes
Cheater coq au vin


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 375-g pkg whole button or shiitake mushrooms
  • 12 skinless, boneless chicken thighs , or 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white or red wine
  • 284-mL can undiluted chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup cognac or brandy
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley


  • Stack bacon and slice crosswise into thin strips. Set a large, wide saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until crispy, 5 to 7 min. As pieces are done, remove to a large bowl.
  • Meanwhile, wipe mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel. If rinsed, they absorb water and won’t brown in pan. Slice large ones in half; leave small ones whole. Add to bacon fat in pan. Stir often until brown around edges, 3 min. Add mushrooms to bowl with bacon.
  • Lightly coat pan with a little oil. Add half of chicken. Cook until lightly golden, about 3 min per side. Remove to bowl with mushrooms and bacon. Repeat with remaining chicken. Meanwhile, cut onion in half, then slice each half into quarters. If using shallots, slice into quarters; leave pearl onions whole.
  • Melt butter in pan. Add onion. Sauté 2 min. Add flour and stir constantly for 2 min. Pour in a little wine. Scrape up bits from pan bottom. Stir in remaining wine, broth, cognac, Dijon and thyme. Return bacon, mushrooms and chicken to pan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to medium-low. Simmer, partially covered, stirring often, until chicken is cooked through and liquid thickens a little, 20 to 25 min.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed. Stir in parsley. Serve alongside roasted potatoes and cooked green beans. Serve with crusty bread for soaking up all the flavourful sauce. Will keep well, covered, in the refrigerator at least 2 days or in the freezer up to 1 month.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 334,
  • Protein
  • 26 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11 g,
  • Fat
  • 18 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 624 mg.

Don’t let the fancy name of this classic party dish stop you; it all boils down to a chicken stew. Our easy take comes together in less than an hour.


* Red wine is traditionally used in this recipe, but we prefer white because it makes for a more attractive sauce – use whichever you like to drink.

* While coq au vin is often made with pearl onions, they’re a pain to peel, so we’ve provided options. If using pearl, boil in water for 3 min. Plunge in cold water for 2 min. Slice off root ends and peel off skins.

* French chefs begin this dish by cutting up a whole chicken. While the skin adds flavour, it also adds a ton of fat and softens during cooking. Save time and calories by using skinless, boneless chicken.