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Playing Quick Coq Au Vin


  • Olive oil
  • 8 thin slices baguette, cut on diagonal
  • 4 cloves garlic, 1 halved and 3 chopped
  • Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup defrosted pearl onions or 24 fresh pearl onions, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 to 4 thick slices uncured bacon or pancetta, small dice (I use Herbes de Provence bacon from Whole Foods)
  • 8 pieces of chicken (four 6-ounce pieces boneless, skinless breast; 2 bone-in skinless thighs; 2 bone-in skinless legs)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups dry young red wine (with a little fruit taste to it)
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch


Serves: 6


Heat oven to 350°F. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil on both sides and arrange on a metal rack set on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until evenly golden, 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and rub warm toast with halved garlic clove, season with sea salt and top with a little parsley, reserving some of the parsley for garnish.  
Place onions in a small skillet with 1/2 cup chicken stock and a pat of butter. Sprinkle with sugar, bring to simmer then let the onions reduce until liquid evaporates and onions brown, cover and reserve.
Heat a large, cast-iron skillet or other heavy pan over medium to medium-high heat with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil, a turn of the pan. Add the bacon and crisp, remove.  Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pan, brown 2-3 minutes per side then remove the chicken to a plate. Add chopped onions, carrot, chopped garlic, bay and thyme, and stir 2-3 minutes to soften. Add bacon back to pan with the wine and about 1 cup stock. Add dark meat back to skillet and simmer at low rolling bubble 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally. Add white meat and simmer 6-8 minutes more, turning occasionally. Stir in potato starch to thicken then remove from heat.
Meanwhile, in small skillet over medium to medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add mushrooms and brown 4-5 minutes, season with a little salt and pepper, toss with parsley.
To serve, line a shallow bowl with crispy toasts and top with 1 small breast and 1 piece of dark meat, pearl onions and mushrooms.