Husband rated a 3-31/2. Too much work for so low a rating. Wanted to love, but just couldn't get there. Used all thighs because I like the flavor better. Marinated about 20 hours. Added mushrooms as some suggested and ended up adding more salt and pepper to the chicken at the table. Plums were a nice surprise, and could've added more. Served with Cls collard greens risotto with pot liquor and wasn't crazy about that either. Lots of effort for so/so meal....maybe I'm catching a cold....!!!
Coq au Vin
Although traditionally made with an older bird, this French braise is great with supermarket chicken. You can purchase a whole chicken and cut it up (or have the butcher do so), or start with bone-in parts. Meat on the bone offers more flavor than boneless meat and holds up best in braises. An American pinot noir or French burgundy are tasty choices for Coq au Vin. You can serve in a bowl over mashed potatoes to soak up the sauce.
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- Calories: 353
- Calories from fat: 29%
- Fat: 11.2g
- Saturated fat: 3.5g
- Monounsaturated fat: 4.4g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g
- Protein: 34.2g
- Carbohydrate: 28.7g
- Fiber: 3.7g
- Cholesterol: 106mg
- Iron: 2.8mg
- Sodium: 869mg
- Calcium: 62mg
- 2 cups red wine
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 cup chopped carrot
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 (8-ounce) chicken breast halves, skinned
- 2 (4-ounce) chicken thighs, skinned
- 2 (4-ounce) chicken drumsticks, skinned
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
- 3 bacon slices, chopped
- 1/2 cup pitted dried plums, quartered
- 2 bay leaves
- Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
- Combine first 10 ingredients in a large bowl; cover and marinate in refrigerator at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
- Remove the chicken from marinade, reserving marinade, and pat chicken dry. Place flour in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in flour; set aside.
- Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan; set bacon aside. Add half of chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken.
- Remove onion and carrot from marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving marinade. Add onion and carrot to pan; sauté for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in marinade, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add chicken, bacon, dried plums, and bay leaves; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and for 20 minutes or until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaves. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
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