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overhead shot of Coq au Vin style cooked chicken thighs in a braiser with chopped carrots, pearl onions, and mushrooms.

Quick and Easy Coq Au Vin

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Quick Coq Au Vin made with tender chicken in a sauce of wine, mushrooms, and bacon. It’s a rustic classic made easy and quick, but still loaded with authentic French flavor.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Servings: 6
Calories: 390


  • ¼ cup cornstarch, or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 to 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 to 10 pearl onions
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 carrots, cut into coins
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine, use your favorite dry red wine, like, Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, etc…
  • Chopped fresh thyme, for garnish
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • In a shallow plate, combine cornstarch or flour, thyme, parsley, ½ teaspoon salt, and black pepper; mix until incorporated.
  • Dip the chicken into the cornstarch mixture to coat on both sides; shake off any excess.
  • Heat olive oil in a large high-sided skillet, or a 4 quart braiser, set over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken thighs to the hot oil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned.
  • Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  • Return pan to the burner and add the diced bacon; cook for 2 minutes, or until just starting to crisp up.
  • Add butter.
  • Stir in the onions, mushrooms, and carrots; add remaining salt and cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add chicken broth and wine; bring to a boil.
  • Return chicken thighs to the pan and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Continue to cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and carrots are tender. Chicken is cooked through when internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
  • Remove from heat. Taste for salt and pepper; adjust accordingly.
  • Garnish with thyme and parsley.
  • Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Coq Au Vin
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 128mg43%
Sodium 736mg31%
Potassium 709mg20%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 3580IU72%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: chicken in wine sauce, chicken thigh recipes, french chicken recipes