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A very popular dish at the Supper Clubs at the school. This week it was super cold! We had all the fires going.
Because it was so cold, it was great as I could dig out a real winter warmer. Coq au Vin.

While Coq au Vin might sound fancy, it is really just a simple French chicken stew. Back in the day, they used to use old roosters in this dish as the red wine would mask the strong rooster flavour and the long cooking process would ensure it cooked through tender.

It’s a great winter warmer and make certain you serve it with heaps of garlic-infused mashed potatoes.

  • 1.5kg skinless, bone-in free-range chicken legs
  • 3 cups red wine
  • 1 cup fresh thyme
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 6 baby white onions, outer skin removed, cut in half
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • pinch flaky salt and white pepper
  • 200g button mushrooms, cut in half
  • 6 rashers streaky bacon
  • 1 cube chicken stock dissolved in 1 cup water

Cut the chicken legs in half between the drum and thigh.

Cover the chicken in red wine, garlic and thyme and place in the fridge overnight to marinate.

Preheat oven to 160*C.
Heat a large cast iron pan until hot, add a touch of oil and then lay in the baby onions cut side down. Cook until well coloured before turning. Remove and repeat with the cut mushrooms before setting them aside. Finally, saute bacon until fat is rendered out. Remove bacon and chop it into large pieces,
Clean the pan out and place it back onto heat with a touch of oil. Remove chicken thighs from marinade and fry the chicken in batches to avoid stewing. When all coloured on both sides. Place the chicken back into the pan and carefully pour over the red wine marinate, including the garlic and thyme and reduce by half.
Top with the bacon, onions, mushrooms and stock. Cover lightly with baking paper put in oven for 1 hour.

Check the chicken and cook for a further 25 minutes if required.

Serve with some creamy mash potatoes.