A Simple French Classic: Coq au Vin

lavenderhillssonoma copy.jpgCoq au Vin simply means; chicken with wine. The delectable delicate flavors of this classic French dish kisses your palate with essences of fresh herbs and subtle wine. Coq au Vin is really quite easy to put together, so there’s no need for any intimidation factors. I used Pinot noir in this recipe for the light lemony taste it provides, but any good dry red wine will suffice. I love this classic dish so much; I’ve been known to make it twice in one week—now that’s true love…


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped or 1 cup pearl onions
  • 1 cup carrots or whole mini carrots
  • 4-5 strips of bacon chopped, or 1 cup pancetta, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced or minced
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dry
  • 1/4 cup whole capers
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 8 pieces of bone in thighs and legs
  • 1 1/2 cup of Cremini or baby bella mushrooms, halved or sliced
  • 1/2 bottle of Pinot noir
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • handful flat leaf chopped parsley


  • Cook bacon or pancetta in a tablespoon of olive oil. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Salt and pepper the chicken pieces and brown in bacon fat over medium-high heat. Place on a plate, set aside.
  • Sauté chopped onion & carrots over low heat for 5-7 minutes, add garlic when onion is tender and sauté for 1 minute longer. Place on the same plate as chicken and bacon.
  • Add mushrooms to the pan and brown for 4-5 minutes over medium-high heat.
  • Return chicken, veggies and bacon to the pan, pour wine over all, bring to a boil, then lower the heat to low, add thyme and simmer for 40 minutes.
  • Add cream and capers and simmer for 10 minutes longer.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
  • Serve over rice or mashed potatoes and crusty bread to ensure every drop of the amazing sauce is properly consumed.

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  1. Osyth says:

    Dèlicieux! I could be known to EAT this twice in one week …. now that is true love 🙂

    1. haha! Shall we try three? Maybe change the type of mushroom in the 3rd? My first attempt making this was when I was 14 yrs old. My Italian mother was sincerely impressed! Yet, her mother was 1/4 French so we may be related, Osyth! Kindred spirits always ♥

      1. Osyth says:

        Tempting, very tempting! And I knew there must be a little Francaise lurking within 🙂

  2. Antonia says:

    This looks amazing Lana! I have to make this 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Antonia! Yes you do! You will love it! xoxo

  3. And do you know how to pronounce this? I had a French exchange student living with us for a few weeks a couple of years ago. When I told her I was making this, she had no idea what I was trying to say. No, it is not pronounced “Coke a Veen” lol!

    1. haha! You didn’t botch it tooo much, Kathryn! The pronunciation sounds like coco vah 🙂 Thanks so much! I wish I would have been a little mouse in your kitchen lol!

      1. She told me it was more like “koh ah vah” with some kind of throat thing going on with the h on the koh. LOL who knows, I’ve never spoken French. 🙂

  4. I gotta try this one! Saving the recipe ! Looks incredible, Lana 🙂

    1. Thank you, Freda! It’s a favorite here & one of my most requested dishes! Very easy too! xoxo

  5. Gorgeous!!! Cannot wait to try it…

    1. Hi Jean! Thanks so much! You’ll love it…pinky swear! 🙂

  6. Now this is a gorgeous meal Lana 🙂

    1. Thanks a million, my sweet friend!! xoxo ♥

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