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Slow Cooker Coq au Vin (Chicken in Wine)

Slow Cooker Coq au Vin – A classic French winter stew with chicken, vegetables, potatoes and mushrooms cooked in a delicious wine sauce.

Coq Au Vin is a classic French dish that involves cooking, or braising roosters in wine. You read that correctly – ROOSTERS. Luckily, today we’re not cooking roosters in our COQ au Vin – just some chicken breasts. We’ve evolved, clearly. 😁

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

Katerina | Diethood
A classic French winter stew with chicken, vegetables, potatoes and mushrooms cooked in a delicious wine sauce.
3 from 1 vote
Servings : 6 Serves
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins


  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 4 green onions , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 4 (1 pound) chicken breasts (you can also use chicken legs and/or chicken thighs)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 3 large carrots , sliced into rounds
  • 2 small yellow onions , quartered
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 pound small red potatoes , cut into 1/8ths
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 3/4 cups pinot noir
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (optional)


  • 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.
  • Add green onions to bacon fat and cook until tender, about 1 minute. Remove and set aside.
  • Add butter to the skillet.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pan with bacon fat and butter; brown chicken on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Arrange carrots, onions, mushrooms, potatoes and garlic in the slow cooker; season with salt, black pepper and stir around.
  • Add chicken and skillet drippings to slow cooker and layer the crumbled bacon and green onions on top.
  • Pour in chicken broth and wine. Add thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 5 1/2 hours.
  • This part is optional, but follow it if you want a thicker sauce. IF you DO NOT want to thicken the sauce, continue to cook the dish for 6 hours.
    Remove 3 tablespoons liquid from slow cooker into a mixing bowl; whisk in the cornstarch until smooth. Pour into the slow cooker and stir until well combined. 
  • Cover and continue to cook for 30 minutes. 
  • When time is up, remove chicken and transfer to a cutting board; cut it up in pieces or shred it.
  • Stir chicken back into the slow cooker and serve.


Calories: 324 kcal | Carbohydrates: 26 g | Protein: 9 g | Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Cholesterol: 27 mg | Sodium: 681 mg | Potassium: 734 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 5241 IU | Vitamin C: 15 mg | Calcium: 39 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 22 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French
Keyword: coq au vin, slow cooker chicken recipe
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60 comments on “Slow Cooker Coq au Vin (Chicken in Wine)”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! That should be boneless and skinless, but I’ve also made it with bone-in chicken thighs, and it turned out great! 🙂
      Also, you can definitely chop the bacon before frying it.

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    Valentina | The Baking Fairy

    This looks seriously dreamy, and I love that it’s a crockpot recipe! Can’t get any easier than that. I’ll definitely be making this soon!

  4. 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.

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    Leanne @healthfulpursuit

    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!

  6. 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

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local

    I love Coq au Vin, and I love the idea of using the slow cooker in this case. I’ll definitely be trying this version out!

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