Coq au Vin is a traditional French dish that typically includes cut-up chicken, smoked meat, wine, and herbs. The chicken is braised to make it tender and delicious. I love taking the same flavors and throwing them into my slow cooker for a simple, no-fuss dinner that is tasty enough for company!
Recipe for Coq au Vin
- Whole chicken (4-5 pounds)
- Sea salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tsp minced fresh thyme
- ½ tsp chopped fresh sage
- 1½ cups pearl onions, outer skins removed
- 1 cup sliced white button mushrooms
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 slices bacon, chopped, cooked until browned but not too crisp
- 1/3 cup red wine
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- Place the chicken in a slow cooker. Remember to remove any unmentionables from the cavity first.
- Sprinkle the chicken with the sea salt, pepper, thyme, and sage.
- Place the onions, mushrooms, garlic, and bacon on and around the chicken.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine, chicken broth, and tomato paste. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
- Cook the chicken on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours