Sunday, March 25, 2012

Coq Au Vin

4 slices of Bacon
4 cloves of garlic peeled and diced 

1/2 can of tomato paste
1 whole chicken
1 cup of pearl onions
1/2 onion
1 cup of mushrooms cut
1 cup of carrots cut
2 cups of chicken broth
Olive Oil spray
1 tbs butter or olive oil

 Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove the bacon to a plate with a slotted spoon.

Meanwhile, lay the chicken out and sprinkle the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. When the bacon is removed, add chicken and brown the chicken pieces in batches in a single layer for about 5 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Remove the chicken to the plate with the bacon and continue to brown until all the chicken is done. Set aside.

Add the carrots, chopped onion, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper to the pan and cook over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the red wine, chicken, and any juices that collected on the plate into the pot. Then add paste and chicken stock, and thyme and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just not pink. Remove from the oven and place on top of the stove.

Mash 1 tablespoon of butter and the flour together and stir into the stew. In the same pan use a tbs of butter or olive oil and add the pearl frozen onions and mushrooms and cook the mushrooms over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until browned. Add to the stew. Bring the stew to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Season to taste. Serve hot.

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