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Traditional Coq au Vin (chicken in wine) Recipe
Coq au Vin is a relatively simple chicken in wine dish which each cook tends to experiment with. The basic ingredients are straightforward and once you have gained some confidence you should start to feel more "adventurous". You should also consider reading Nigel Slaters excellent article on this traditional French dish
1 Chicken(approx 3lbs), sliced and diced
4 slices bacon, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 cup chopped green onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup chopped onions
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
2 cups dry red wine
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
dash dried leaf thyme, crushed
salt and pepper
Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a frying pan/pot, cook bacon until crisp then remove bacon and set aside. In the same pot that the bacon has been fried in, add butter and half the olive oil, then the seasoned chicken and brown slowly until all sides are golden brown.
Add the 3/4 cup onion and mushrooms and the remainder of the olive oil and sauté the onions until soft. Add green onion and garlic. Pour off most of the fat leaving approx 2-3 tablespoons of the fat. To this juice blend in the flour then gradually add the wine.
Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened and bubbly. Add parsley,tomato paste and thyme. Cover and simmer 30 minutes, or until chicken is tender and juices run clear(bear in mind that With chicken there is always a risk of food poisoning). Serve with fresh crusty bread or accompany with seasonal vegetables.
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