Coq Au Vin in the Crock Pot

My most favorite meals of fall are savory stews and slowly simmered dishes full of flavor. The ones that make your house smell incredible for hours and are so tender the food just melts in your mouth. Oh and they are accompanied by mashed potatoes, lots and lots of mashed potatoes. Ahhh warm comfort food…


Coq au vin over some creamy mashed potatoes is all of the the above and more. I love making this classic French dish but I’ll confess, I’m a bit lazy about it. No offense to the french grandmothers and great grandmothers and generations before them that have been making this traditional dish on the stove top and letting it slow cook and simmer all dang day… We modern women just don’t have that kind of time these days. Enter crock pot. Who says that meals in your crock pot can’t be sophisticated and full of love and flavor? The key is to do a little prep work first and then sit back (or run out the door to go about your day) and let your slow cooker work all its magic for ya. 😉

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 3-4 hours on high, 6-8 on low in slow cooker

Yields: 2-4 servings

Ingredients:

-1.5-2 lbs. chicken thighs and breast (we’ve got white and dark meat lovers in our house so I get both types but traditionally dark meat works better in this dish)

-2 tbsp. Flour

– 4 slices bacon

-1.5 cups low sodium chicken broth

-1/2 bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir)

-1/2 lb. button mushrooms sliced

– 4 carrots peeled and chopped into 2 inch pierces

– 3 large shallots sliced in half 

-2-3 cloves garlic pressed

– 1 leek cut in half and in half again length wise

-3 sprigs fresh thyme

-2-3 springs fresh parsley

– 1 tbsp. Tomato paste

– salt + pepper to taste (side note: I forgot to add salt and pepper and we were eating when I realized this and that it was totally insanely delicious without it! But you do you.)

Instructions:

As I mentioned this dish can totally be slow cooker friendly if you do some prep work. Begin by adding bacon pieces to a large pan and cooking 3 minutes or until semi crispy. Remove and place on paper towel lined plate.  Pour your flour to a large bowl and coat each piece of chicken in flour. Without washing your the pan out (all that bacon fat and flavor!!) add your chicken directly to your frying pan, cook for 5-8 minutes per side until each piece is a nice golden brown. Add chicken to your crock pot. Prep the carrots, shallots, and mushrooms and add to your pan along with garlic. Sauté 5 minutes and add the tomato paste. Add these to your crock pot. Chop bacon into 1 inch pieces and add to your crock pot along with remaining ingredients. Be sure to stir well to mix all ingredients. Cover and set for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. About a half hour before it is cooked chop some potatoes in half or quarters and throw into a pot of boiling water. Mash ’em up with milk and cheese/spices of choice and spoon into bowls. Add your delicious coq au vin on top and enjoy! Be sure to add extra sauce so the potatoes can soak it up and serve with a side of crusty french bread and glass of wine. Mmm-mmm.

Happy weekend friends. Xo, Juels 

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