Coq Au Zin
- 1 cup all-purpose flour plus
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 6 slices bacon chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 12 chicken thighs with skin and bones excess fat trimmed
- Salt to taste
- Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup chopped shallots - (abt 4)
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 pound boiling onions peeled
- 12 ounces crimini mushrooms quartered (5 cups)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram
- 1 bottle red Zinfandel - (750 ml)
- 2 cups chicken stock (or canned low-salt chicken broth)
- 2 tablespoons butter - (1/4 stick) room temperature
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 1 cup flour in shallow dish.
Cook chopped bacon in heavy large pot over medium-high heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to bacon drippings in pot. Sprinkle chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Working in batches, coat chicken thighs with flour and add to pot; sear until brown, about 4 minutes per side. Arrange chicken thighs in 15- by 10- by 2-inch glass baking dish.
Pour off all but 3 tablespoons fat from pot. Add shallots and garlic to pot and sauté 1 minute. Add onions, crimini mushrooms, and marjoram and sauté until onions begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Add red Zinfandel and bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Add chicken stock and bacon; boil 5 minutes. Pour wine mixture over chicken in baking dish. Cover tightly with foil; bake until chicken is cooked through, about 1 hour.
Using tongs, transfer chicken thighs to platter. Strain wine mixture from baking dish into heavy medium saucepan. Transfer onion and mushroom mixture to platter with chicken; tent with foil to keep warm.
Mix 2 tablespoons flour and butter in small bowl to blend. Bring wine mixture to boil. Whisk in flour mixture and boil until sauce thickens and is reduced to 2 3/4 cups, about 8 minutes. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle sauce over chicken and vegetables; sprinkle with chives.
This recipe yields 6 servings.
A taste -- and word -- play on the classic French dish coq au vin, this time made with red Zinfandel. At the restaurant, this is served with creamy mashed potatoes.