Coq au vin blanc recipe

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serves: 6
Skill: medium

Nutrition per portion

Calories 400 kCal 20%
Fat 23g 33%
  -  Saturates 8g 40%
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    • 2tbsp olive oil
    • 6 chicken legs, seasoned
    • 18 small shallots, peeled and root trimmed (approx 275g)
    • 250g small chestnut mushrooms
    • 200g smoked bacon lardons
    • 2tbsp plain flour
    • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
    • 200ml chicken stock
    • 350ml white wine (Riesling or Sauvignon blanc)
    • 3 bay leaves
    • 8 thyme sprigs
    • 4tbsp crème fraîche
    • Juice of 1⁄2 lemon


    • Heat a large casserole, add the oil and fry the chicken until golden; remove and set aside. Add the shallots, mushrooms and lardons, and fry for 5 mins or until golden. Stir in flour and garlic, cook for 1-2 mins, then gradually stir in chicken stock and wine, and bring to the boil.

    • Add the bay leaves and thyme, return the chicken to the pan and simmer for 25-30 mins until cooked through.

    • Stir in the crème fraîche and lemon juice; season to taste.

    Top tip for making Coq au vin blanc

    To save time peeling the shallots, pour boiling water over them, leave for 1 min, then drain and remove the skins.

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