Easy Coq au Vin
- 3 slices thick-cut bacon (3 to 4 oz.), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
- 12 ounces frozen pearl onions
- 12 ounces mushrooms, preferably cremini (baby bella), trimmed and cut in half
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- Crusty bread, for serving
Adapted from rachaelraymag.com
In a 5-to 6-quart Dutch oven, cook the bacon in the oil over medium until browned but not too crispy, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a small bowl. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Increase the heat to medium-high. Working in batches, cook the chicken until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
Add the onions and mushrooms to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes; season. Stir in the tomato paste, thyme and garlic. Add the wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until wine is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken and any juices to the pot. Reduce the heat to low, partially cover and gently simmer, turning the chicken once or twice, until the chicken is cooked through and the onions are tender, about 40 minutes.
In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in 3 tbsp. water. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the cooking liquid to a boil. Add the cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes; season. Return the chicken and bacon to the pot, stirring to coat. Serve in shallow bowls with crusty bread.