Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of France with the timeless classic, Coq au Vin. This beloved dish, whose name translates to “rooster in wine,” showcases the rich depths of French cuisine. Perfect for a cozy night in or a sophisticated dinner party, Coq au Vin is a symphony of tender chicken, aromatic vegetables, and a luxurious red wine sauce. In this recipe, you’ll discover how to master this French staple, infusing your kitchen with the flavors and aromas of a rustic French bistro.

Coq au vin recipe


  • 3 pounds rooster, cut into pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups red wine (Burgundy or Pinot Noir)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bouquet garni (thyme, parsley, and bay leaf)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Season the rooster pieces with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, shaking off the excess.
  2. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the rooster and brown on all sides. Remove the rooster and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, cook bacon until crisp. Add onions, carrots, and garlic; cook until softened.
  4. Pour in the red wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Return the rooster to the pot. Stir in chicken stock, tomato paste, and bouquet garni.
  6. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 2 hours, or until the rooster is tender.
  7. In a separate pan, sauté mushrooms in butter until golden.
  8. Add mushrooms to the pot, check for seasoning, and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  9. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Enjoy this traditional Coq au Vin with mashed potatoes, crusty bread, or your favorite side for a complete French-style meal. Bon appétit!

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