Thursday, March 31, 2016

Coq au Vin Blanc

When you think of Coq au Vin, you typically think of it being cooked in red wine. Here we’ve substituted a dry white wine for the red, which produced a brighter flavored dish.

This recipe is based on one from Williams Sonoma and the original called for chicken legs, but we’ve substituted boneless, skinless chicken thighs. The original also used baby carrots, which I had no luck finding. I used the smallest carrots available, but click here to see Williams Sonoma’s photo of the dish, which you’ll see is very pretty with the baby carrots and chicken legs. If at all possible, seek out smaller carrots than I found. We also substituted pearl onions (because we had them) for the shallots and used a bit less bacon than the original recipe. The pearl onions added a few more minutes, so if time is an issue, I would recommend the shallots.

This is a great way to take a winter favorite and lighten and brighten it for spring. We’ve served it with a scoop of mashed potatoes, but noodles would be nice too. I hope you’ll enjoy this spring time version of coq au vin as much as we did.

Coq au Vin Blanc
Adapted slightly from Williams Sonoma – serves 4 – 6
Printable Recipe

1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine
5 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, plus 2 Tbs. finely chopped parsley
3 fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
4 oz. thick-cut bacon slices, chopped
3 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 lb. small white button mushrooms
1 dozen (or so) pearl onions
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 3/4 cups low salt, low fat chicken broth
3/4 lb. small baby carrots, peeled
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Preheat an oven to 350°F.

In a large saucepan over high heat, boil the wine until reduced by half, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make a bouquet garni: Using a piece of kitchen twine, tie together the parsley sprigs, thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Set aside.

In a large ovenproof sauté pan or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. Discard all but 2 Tbs. of the fat from the pan. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper. Set the pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sear the chicken, turning once, until browned on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.

Discard all but 2 Tbs. of the fat from the pan. Return the pan to medium-high heat, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Set aside the sauté pan to brown the pearl onions.

Parboil the pearl onions in boiling water for 3 seconds. Drain and when cool enough to handle, peel. Using the same sauté pan that you used to brown the mushrooms, brown the pearl onions until they are slightly brown and have taken on a bit of color. When done to your liking, set aside with the mushrooms.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter. When the butter has melted, add the garlic and flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the sherry and deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up any browned bits on the pan bottom. Whisk in the reduced wine and the broth, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Add the bacon, chicken, mushroom mixture, carrots and bouquet garni. Cover, transfer to the oven and braise until the chicken is tender, about 1 1/2 hours (less if you’re using boneless chicken).

Transfer the chicken to a plate. Using a large spoon, skim the fat from the surface of the liquid. If you don’t have enough sauce, add some more white wine to the pan. Set the pan over medium-high heat and simmer until the sauce is thickened, 12 to 15 minutes. Discard the bouquet garni. Add the lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Return the chicken to the pan. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6 and accompany with mashed potatoes.

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This will be shared with Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farms and Miz Helen's Country Kitchen Full Plate Thursday.

Have a nice weekend and thanks for visiting
My Carolina Kitchen


  1. I'll bet the house smelled great:@)

  2. Great minds!!!!! I'm thinking of doing the same recipe in a few weeks for a friend's birthday. However, I was going the more traditional route with red wine. Now I think I'll change it. Lovely dish!!


  3. How fresh for Spring !I bet is is so flavorful Sam.

  4. This sounds so good! I have a similar recipe I posted on my blog a few years back. Here is the link if you want to see it!

  5. Sam, I actually love carrots cooked like this no matter what their size! We use chicken thighs with many recipes as Laurie prefers more flavor packed dark meat but doesn't care for chicken legs. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  6. Sounds like a good change and as you say lighter for summer. I love whole carrots in a dish. Hope you are well Diane

  7. We definitely need to begin making some French dishes - yours always look sooo good. This recipe looks like another winner but I cannot imagine cutting back on the bacon, but hey that's just me :-)

  8. I have never had one made with white wine...and now I am really intrigued, Sam, as it looks really delicious!

  9. This looks amazing, Sam...can't wait to try!

  10. I like the idea of using white wine for the chicken. I think it makes for a prettier dish.

  11. Much as I love the classic, the purple chicken is a bit off-putting! I love your twist!!!

  12. Yummy! This looks wonderful, a perfect meal for spring entertaining.

  13. I love the classic but this sure looks good too.

  14. I think I'd like the white wine version better than the red, as it looks lighter and sweeter. I like all Williams Sonoma recipes and have a few of their cookbooks, Sam

  15. This looks and sounds delicious!

  16. Thanks for this recipe Sam. I've made this once, with red wine, and it was delicious. But there was a little issue with pink chicken that was a little odd. And I would make with thighs also.

  17. A perfect recipe for spring when we still have a few cold days here and there (like yesterday when it snowed!). I've tried the red wine recipe but would love to make this wine wine version soon, Sam.

  18. Definitely thighs! I love dark meat, much more flavor I think. A lovely, comforting dish, Sam. You just can't go wrong with Sonoma recipes....I love their little Thanksgiving book. Have had it for years.

  19. Definitely thighs! I love dark meat, much more flavor I think. A lovely, comforting dish, Sam. You just can't go wrong with Sonoma recipes....I love their little Thanksgiving book. Have had it for years.

  20. Looks delicious, Sam! Bill would flip over this for sure and I'll have to try it before grilling season starts here. I always like the WS cookbooks. Take care


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