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

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 20 mins
A classic French winter stew with chicken, vegetables, potatoes and mushrooms cooked in a delicious wine sauce.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French
Servings: 6 Serves
Calories: 324

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions 

  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Coq au Vin
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 681mg28%
Potassium 734mg21%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 5241IU105%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: slow cooker chicken recipe, coq au vin