Easier Than It Sounds Coq Au Vin….

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more good for the soul chicken dinners! It’s no big secret. I’m the first to admit it. I am in love with my propane fueled Weber Grill. We grill almost every night; whether there is sun, rain, snow or sleet. Just like the Postman delivers the mail. Conveniently, we have our grill positioned right out side our patio door. I’m able to slide it around, with the flick of a wrist, so I never actually have to go outside. Fire hazard, shmire hazard! It’s perfect!

Some nights, however, we crave that good, roasted in the oven, stick to your ribs kind of dinner. My Nick liked it so much he ate every last one of the carrots right out of the roasting pan (what chocoholic, junk food loving, teenager does that?)! Your family is going to love it too…..

Easier Than It Sounds Coq Au Vin:

Serves 4

3-4 lbs of chicken pieces with the skin (I used thighs and drumsticks and they were outstanding)

1 Tbsp Thyme

1 tsp course sea salt

1 tsp cracked black pepper

4 Tbsp butter, 2 for the chicken and the other two for the veggies

1 Tbsp oil

¼ cup shallot, finely chopped

4 leeks, finely chopped, white and light green parts only

1 lb of carrots, peeled and cut into 2-3” pieces, slicing the thickest pieces in half or quarters. This should produce approximately 24 slices of carrots, a nice number for 4 people.

1 cup of white wine

3 lbs of small, red potatoes, peeled and left whole

1 Tbsp chopped parsley

¾ cup heavy whipping cream

2 Tbsp all purpose flour

Pre-heat the oven to 350°

Arrange chicken on a board or platter and pat dry.

Sprinkle chicken with Thyme, salt and pepper

In a large pot, or oven proof skillet, which I happened to use, heat;


2 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp oil

Brown the chicken over medium-high heat, in two batches if necessary, for about 10 minutes per batch

Remove from the pan and place on a platter, to collect any juices

To the pan or skillet juices, add;



2 Tbsp butter



Sautee over medium-low heat, covered for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally





Bring to a boil, until the liquid is reduced by nearly half, for approximately 5 minutes

Cover the pot, and place in the oven, braising for 20-25

While the wine, chicken and carrots are boiling, place the potatoes in a large pan covered with cold water

Bring to a boil, reducing the heat to a simmer until fork tender, approximately 20-25 minutes


Strain, place back in the pot and sprinkle with parsley

Set aside

In the meantime, remove the pan with the chicken from the oven

Place the chicken on a platter

Leave the carrots in the pan to cook a little longer

Add heavy cream and reduce to a simmer

Cover and cook for approximately 5-7 minutes

Remove the carrots

Add flour and stir until thick


Place a helping of chicken, carrots and potatoes on a plate and smother in sauce

Prepare to be warm, happy and comforted!

More meals as a family, more vegetables for your growing teenager, more good for the soul comfort food……

Easier Than It Sounds Coq Au Vin


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