Chef John's Coq au Vin


I make coq au vin with bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs instead of an old rooster. Like all braised dishes, tougher cuts with lots of connective tissue work best, and on a chicken that would be the thigh/leg section. Of course, someone will ask if they can use chicken breasts; please don't. They just will not add that sticky goodness to the braising liquid that the thighs will.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 8 ounces bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 10 large button mushrooms, quartered

  • ½ large yellow onion, diced

  • 2 shallots, sliced

  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons butter

  • 1 ½ cups red wine

  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Season chicken thighs all over with salt and black pepper.

  2. Sauté bacon in a large, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving drippings in the skillet.

  3. Increase the heat to high and place chicken thighs, skin-side down, into the skillet. Cook until browned, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate; drain and discard all but 1 tablespoon drippings from the skillet.

  4. Lower the heat to medium-high; sauté mushrooms, onion, and shallots with a pinch of salt in the hot skillet until golden and caramelized, 7 to 12 minutes.

  5. Stir flour and butter into vegetable mixture until completely incorporated, about 1 minute.

  6. Pour red wine into the skillet and bring to a boil while scraping browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Stir bacon and thyme into red wine mixture; simmer until wine is about 1/3 reduced, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour chicken broth into wine mixture and return chicken thighs to the skillet; bring to a simmer.

  7. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes. Spoon pan juices over the chicken and continue cooking until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 30 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Transfer chicken to a platter.

  8. Place skillet over high heat and reduce pan juices, skimming fat off the top as necessary, until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; remove and discard thyme. Pour sauce over chicken to serve.

    an overhead view of chef john's coq au vin in a cast iron dutch oven.
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

255 Calories
19g Fat
5g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 255
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 523mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 297mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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