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Slow Cooker Coq au Vin (Chicken in Wine)

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Slow Cooker Coq au Vin - A classic French winter stew with chicken, vegetables, potatoes and mushrooms cooked in wine sauce.
Slow Cooker Coq au Vin
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 50 mins
Coq Au Vin in the Slow Cooker
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French
Author: Katerina | Diethood
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 4 green onions , thinly sliced
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1 bell pepper , cut in strips
  • 3 large carrots , sliced into rounds
  • 2 small yellow onions , quartered
  • 1 package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms
  • 1-1/2 pounds small red potatoes , quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  1. In a large skillet cook the bacon to a desired crispness; remove from pan and drain on paper towel-lined plate. Break up bacon in pieces when cool enough to handle.
  2. Add green onions to bacon fat and cook until tender, about 1 minute. Remove and set aside.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pan with bacon fat; brown chicken on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Arrange peppers, carrots, onions, mushrooms, potatoes and garlic in the slow cooker; season with salt, black pepper, and thyme.
  5. Add chicken to slow cooker and layer the crumbled bacon and green onions on top.
  6. Pour in chicken broth.
  7. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  8. Pour in the wine and cook for another 30 minutes to an hour.
  9. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and shred it.
  10. Stir chicken back into the slow cooker and serve.


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60 Responses
  1. Amy Kussmann

    After 3 hours in the crock pot, the green onion are brown and have no taste. If I make this again, I will use pearl onions, more wine, bump up the Seasonings and omit the potatoes

  2. Chelsea

    Hi quick question – It seems like there isn’t very much liquid in this dish for the amount of veggies and chicken. Will the chicken still cook fine if it is sitting above (not submerged) the broth? Thanks!

    1. Hi Chelsea! Yes, it will be fine. For a slow cooker, you don’t need to add a lot of liquid because some vegetables like onions release too much liquid in a slow cooker recipe, and that would make the sauce too thin if you added more liquid.

  3. Mili

    Trying this tonight! Quick question. In your final photos you look like you mixed everything and pulled the chicken apart. Should this be done before or after the wine is added?

  4. Jennifer

    This looks delicious and I really want to make this ASAP! Quick question though. In the directions it says to brown chicken before you put it into the crockpot. However in the pictures the chicken in the crockpot is very much raw. Which is the correct way to cook this dish??

    Thanks so much!

  5. J K Weigle

    You don’t indicate if the chicken should be on or off the bone. The picture looks boneless.
    Why not chop the bacon before frying? It looks fabulous!

  6. Ahh the Regal Beagle…brings back so many fond memories. I’ve made crock pot Coq au Vin before and it is very good. It’s one of those comforting dishes that people love.

  7. My first crush: Leonardo DiCaprio. Sadly, I don’t think he taught me anything, other than – the best place to put posters of boys was on the back of my bedroom door. My parents never caught on!

    Thank you for reminding me how much I LOVE coq au vin. I grew up in a French home, so it was a staple at our house. The way you’ve prepared it is fantastic!

  8. Mmmm mmm good! I have never tried making coq au Vin in my crockpot! I am going to have to give it a go immediately– thanks so much for posting! Love your blog :]

    <3 Marea

  9. What a great post…good memories, great people, and some beautiful photographs. Thank you for sharing another classic and beautiful recipe. I hope you have a great Thursday…the week is almost done!

  10. I will admit I am not big on french cooking but I do love this dish. Your recipe looks great! I was also a fan of Three’s Company. John Ritter was a funny man but I think in my case Suzanne Somers had something to do with it 🙂

  11. Oh, Kate!! You brought back some memories! I had a bit of a crush on Jack too, though I was a bit older than you when I discovered him 😉 I haven’t seen the show in years and will have to peek around and see if it is on anywhere.
    As for the slow cooker… I’m really slow on that one. I keep forgetting I have it and use it only once or twice a year. I’m inspired though, and might just give this a go!

  12. This is so funny! I literally just finished watching Julia and Julie for the first time. I am so inspired now and I love that you made this slow cooker friendly!

  13. Kate! Brava! What a great post and this looks delicious. I too am a huge Jack Tripper Three’s Company fan. I longed to be a roommate and hit the Regal Beagle too! I plan on getting out to California and staying there thanks to the Three’s Company connection SOMEDAY. This post just made me smile. I recently researched the history of Coq Au Vin, and fell in love with the way it is served on the countryside with a big hunk of bread. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  14. YUM!
    I definitely want to make this for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. This is right up his alley! It sounds totally delicious, and it leaves me free to bake all day while dinner cooks 🙂
    BTW..I totally know what you mean about waking up in Indiana and having to learn interesting food things on your own. Indianapolis is okay, but nothing compared to Chicago, New York or San Francisco – let alone Europe!

  15. I need to utilize my crock pot more…but most of the recipes are unappealing. Yours, however, looks like a winner! The story of how you got interested in French cooking is so cute…

  16. That jack tripper story was so amusing …hehehe. and that poster…HAHAH!
    I always thought coq au vin was a difficult dish to make but you made it look so easy 🙂

    1. It’s not difficult at all … it just takes a bit of prep time and there’s a good number of ingredients that go in it … but that’s only if you follow my recipe. Other recipes don’t include all those veggies.

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