Chicken with Dark Beer (Coq à la Bière)

  • Patten Posted: 09/28/09
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    skipped the gin and juniper berries but still great. if you make it ahead of time the outside of the chicken gets a little soggy so i will probably make it around dinner time next time. but there definitely will be a next time!

  • Jrtjmu Posted: 01/19/09
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    I agree--this was a wonderful twist on one of my old favorites-coq au vin. I could not find juniper berries (fresh or dried) but it was still very good and relatively simple to make. I used Guinness beer and served it with mashed potatoes and mixed greens. I think this dish is good enough for company.

  • MichelleS Posted: 05/07/09
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    If I could give six stars I would! I was telling all my co-workers about this one. It is a must try! I did have some minor adjustments in the recipe. I did not use yogurt in the end because I have a strong intolerance to dairy. I also went two places looking for the juniper berries and then I had to give up. I don't think I missed them though because this was stupendously delicious. I used an amber ale and served with basic mashed potatoes to soak up the wonderful sauce!

  • TsKitchen Posted: 02/01/09
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    I followed the recipe, and although it was easy and make-ahead, I just didn't think it was stellar. I guess what it most likely comes down to is that I don't like dark beer. You could still taste the hint of bitterness from the beer (even though the Greek yogurt tempers the sharpness and is wonderful), and this fact will stop me from making it again. Perhaps coq au vin is more my style.

  • partythesue Posted: 01/06/10
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    Very disappointing. I guess this is one of those recipes that appeals to a certain taste. I like cooking with dark beer so it wasn't that, it just had no flavor to me. I usually don't post bad reviews, I will just tear up the recipe and not make again. But I can't understand all the 5 star review of this dish and don't want other cooks to get sucked into making it based on all the great reviews. It isn't worth making!

  • lorilynn Posted: 01/19/09
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    I, too, just made this for dinner and it was outstanding! The smells of the chicken cooking permeated the entire house. One thing I did omit, though, was the gin. I'm not a big fan of it and I couldn't justify buying even the smallest bottle. I served it with sweet potatoes and steamed green beans. I will definitely be making this again.

  • bonitas Posted: 02/22/09
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    This is delicious - unmistakeably French-tasting. I used only boneless chicken breasts for this recipe since we all prefer white meat. And by popular demand this has been added to our family list of favorites! Classy enough for an elegant party, too.

  • sedutta Posted: 03/31/09
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    This was a great recipe. I skipped the juniper berries because I didn't know where to find them and just used chicken breast cut into 1-2" chunks. It came out very moist and very good. I just put the herbs in directly instead of using a cheesecloth. I served this with thyme rolls and asparagus and will probably have mashed potatoes with the leftovers. I would say this is good enough for casual company!

  • julimorr Posted: 01/16/09
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    I just made this tonight for dinner and it was fabulous! My kids ( 6 and 3 yo) even loved it. Though I just made it for an everyday meal it would also be perfect for company or special occasion. I will definitely be making this again.

  • njcook Posted: 04/12/09
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    This is a great recipe. The flavors really work well together for a nice balance. The presentation is also very pretty!! A keeper for sure...plus it was fun to flambe:)

  • ChefSophie Posted: 02/04/09
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    We served this with mashed potatoes and it just doesn't get much better. Bravo!

  • shannoncreates Posted: 03/10/09
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    We've made this several times and we just love it. I add many more mushrooms than it calls for and its terrific. We serve with mashed yukon gold potatoes and it goes perfectly.

  • shangsm Posted: 02/20/09
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    This was really wonderful and fairly easy to put together. I thought the sauce needed a tiny bit more salt. Otherwise, I made it as directed (skipping the cheesecloth step - I just plucked out the herbs before serving). This is wonderful with mashed potatoes and a crusty bread.

  • Kathys90 Posted: 11/05/10
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    My daughter made this for dinner and it was wonderful. I've now filed it way in my recipe box to make for a company dish. She left out the juniper berries - never missed them.

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