Not much to report in the last few weeks other than I’ve been MIA again and that day job nightmares which I will spare the reader from reading are responsible for actual nightmares and my long absence… but finally I found a moment in the kitchen the day of New Year’s Eve. Just hours before 2016 this dish was in the making at my girlfriend’s house. The more common version of coq au vin is cooked in red wine, but this “white” version, at least in my “blanc” interpretation, used Riesling wine.
This german wine can range from dry to sweet. Accidentally, ours was a sweet Riesling. I had no clue what I was getting when I bought it. The bottle was nice and the price tag even nicer. The sweetness ended up pairing really well with the chicken. Chicken and sugar go well together and this case was no exception. Enough introductory blah blah. Let’s quickly go over how to prepare this thing and happy 2016!
Ingredients (makes 4 servings):
4 chicken thighs skin on
4 chicken drumsticks skin on
2 ounces minced bacon
2 celery stalks small dice
3 medium carrots medium dice
1 white onion small dice
1/2 pound brown mushrooms
1/2 pound cipollini onions (I didn’t have any)
1 pound of fingerling potatoes
1/2 bottle Riesling wine (preferably dry)
2 Cups of low sodium chicken stock. Reduced to about 1/8 of a cup.
1/2 stick of unsalted butter.
4-6 thyme sprigs.
2 bay leafs.
salt and pepper to taste
Brown, brown, brown! This is the name of the game. Browning develops depth in the flavour of the ingredients. On a heavy skillet with a generous amount of vegetable oil, brown the chicken on the skin side until golden brown, then remove. The chicken won’t be fully cooked at this point so handle with caution. Do the same with the mushrooms and the perl onions. Toss the cooking oil when you’re done or reserve for another cooking adventure. Return the skillet to the stove. Add the chopped bacon and cook on medium high until golden brown. Once the fat is rendered, add the chopped veggies, add some salt and sweat until translucent and fragrant.
Reduce, reduce, reduce! Reducing the chicken stock ahead of time will save you some…. time. I start reducing the stock before I even start anything else. Once reduced to about 1/8 of a cup remove from the stove.
Microwave those taters. In a microwave friendly container, place the fingerling potatoes, cover with water, and add plenty of salt. I don’t measure it but it’s about 3 Tbsps. Microwave for about 20 mins checking every 5 mins after the first 10 min. Every microwave is different as are the containers people own, so really impossible to tell how long it really takes. Pierce with a toothpick until it goes right through the potato without much resistance. Replenish the water, make sure the potatoes are covered while you keep working on the rest of the recipe. The salty water will season them just right by the time you need them. Of course, you could cook the potatoes in the stew, but I don’t like soupy stews, and I find that timing the potatoes and the proper reduction of the liquids can be difficult for very little gain. If you leave the stew to rest in the fridge overnight, the flavours will develop and the potatoes will suck up that flavour.
Putting it all together. Add the wine to the skillet in which you were sweating the veggies. Add the mushrooms. Add the chicken skins side down so that the flavour in the browned side can be easily released when in contact with the wine and the stock. Add the wine. Add the stock. Add the thyme. Add the bay leafs. The liquid in the skillet shouldn’t cover the chicken. It should only come up to about half of the way. Adjust salt. Cook with a lid on medium heat for about 10 mins. This will ensure the chicken is cooked. Remove the lid and allow the liquids to reduce until they are about to get syrupy. Turn off the heat Add the butter. Allow the butter to melt and stir. You should have a nice sauce foundation at this point Remove the thyme sprigs and the bay leafs. You could add water if the sauce seems too thick.
and I ran out of pics here…
Some people remove the chicken skins from the stew because they can be soggy and whatever. I don’t. In fact, that’s the first thing I eat. Enjoy!
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Love it!!!! Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!
happy new year!!!!
What? No fancy plated shot? Work must really be bothering you! Chicken is actually cooked in riesling in Germany, but the name of the dish escapes me. Wishing you a delicious 2016, too!
hahaha it is definitely bothering me 🙂 thanks for stopping by Stefan! hope you’re doing well!
I am — just started in a new position at work today and liking it so far! Hope your work will be bothering you less in the new year, so there is more time for cooking and blogging (not to mention visiting other blogs).
now i feel horrible! i try to keep up with other blogs but haven’t at all 🙁 guess i’ll try harder! it’s just a time thing. Congrats on your new position, that’s exciting!
Sorry, didn’t mean to make you feel horrible! I do appreciate it though when you do visit, as I value your feedback. I haven’t been very good at keeping up with other blogs either, so I know how hard it is to find the time.
no worries Stefan! 🙂 I value yours too! thank you!
I am missing the fancy plated shot too. Happy New Year.
hahahah 🙂 alright, I’ll make 2016 even fancier up on this blog. I have my hydrocolloids ready if you know what I’m sayin’ 🙂 glad to hear back from you Conor!!!
That looks absolutely delicious even without your usual set up. Happy New Year!
thank you!!! happy new year Amanda! 🙂
I appreciate this recipe, because I don’t like the color of traditional coq. I think it might be the only food that bothers me based solely on color. Except when they tried to make green ketchup. They’re not still doing that, are they?
thanks Jeff! really hope there’s no green ketchup in the works. yikes 🙂
Your girlfriend must be very well-fed. 🙂 I love your version of this dish; this sounds so tasty. Happy New Year, Paul!
🙂 thank you Shanna!!! happy new year!
Happy New Year to you Paul. I hope it finds you less stress, without nightmares and plenty of delicious meals like this one.
thanks Karen!!! Happy new year!!! 🙂
Happy New Year Paul! Yep I can relate, MIA because of word nightmares, I’m there too, I know all about that. What a delicious recipe, and let me say your photos are amazing. I’ve come here because believe it or not I never forgot about your zebra cake and (because I don’t have that much time to make it look nice) I’ll use your recipe now to make a more easier looking marble cake. xx
PS I also eat the chicken skins. I know they’re supposed to be full of fat and bad for you, but still…
they’re delicious. period.
Sofia!!! it’s been a long time! So glad to hear from you and thank you for your always wonderful compliments! I’m just catching up with my blog right now. You need to let me know how this zebra/marble cakes turns out! Happy New Year!
It’s in the oven now! Can’t wait to see how it looks! Happy New Year xx
I’ll let you know when I cut it tomorrow! I’m afraid that maybe the layers may be too thin and so the chocolate may have infused so the light layers might be a bit darker than they should be. The important thing is the taste 😀
hahahah totally agree! 🙂 I think it’s gonna be perfect btw.