Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Crock Pot Coq Au Vin

I love a good Crock pot dinner, especially in the middle of winter when the wind is howling and the snow is falling and the air is frigid and I need to be warmed up from the inside out. And that's exactly what this meal did.

I've been wanting to make coq au vin for a while now, and while this recipe takes a lot of liberties with the dish, it was still absolutely delicious. The wine added a subtle tangy quality to the dish, the bacon made it smoky, the mushrooms made it earthy, and the onions kept it a little bit sweet. It was the perfect balance of flavors. Next time, I'd make a few changes; I'd add carrots for a bit more sweetness, and at least one more clove of garlic. Though the boneless breasts actually turned out to be pretty tender, I might even try making this with bone-in chicken pieces and increase the cooking time a bit. I'll definitely make this again. When it comes to simplicity and comfort, the Crock pot just can't be beat!

Crock Pot Coq Au Vin

4 slices thick-cut bacon
2 cups frozen pearl onions, thawed
1 cup sliced button mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds)
1/2 cup dry red wine
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1. Cook bacon in medium skillet over medium heat. Drain and crumble. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the following order: onions, bacon, mushrooms, garlic, thyme, pepper, chicken, wine and broth. Cover and cook on Low 6 to 8 hours.

2. Remove chicken and vegetables; cover and keep warm. Ladle 1/2 cup cooking liquid into small bowl; allow to cool slightly. Turn slow cooker to High; cover. Mix reserved liquid, tomato paste and flour until smooth. Return sauce mixture to slow cooker; cover and cook 15 minutes or until thickened.


Monica H said...

I made this a couple nights ago and it was SO good. I took your advice and added more garlic and carrots. loved it. thanks for the recipe!

Ingrid said...

I'm over from Monica's.

I've got this going into the slow cooker. Unfortunately, I'm not adding in the bacon this time around. :(