Coq au Vin Whole Spice Infusion™

Coq au Vinspirallight

Shopping list at a glance: chicken thighs, bacon, baby onions, mushrooms, cognac, red wine, tomato paste, garlic

From your pantry at a glance: flour, salt, pepper, olive oil, 


3 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1/3 cup flour
salt & pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
4 slices bacon, cut into 1″ strips
12 baby onions, peeled,
1/2 lb button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup cognac
1 3/4 cups red wine
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Coq au Vin Whole Spice Infusion Bag™


Step 1 Place the chicken, flour, salt and pepper in a gallon size ziploc bag and shake well ensuring the chicken is liberally coated with the mixture.

Step 2 In a skillet heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil on medium high and add the chicken pieces. Brown the chicken for 2 minutes on either side until it turns a lightly golden color.

Step 3 Stir the remainder of the flour from the bag into the browned chicken and transfer to your slow cooker.

Step 4 In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil and saute the bacon, onions and mushrooms for 4 minutes, stirring regularly, until glazed and shiny.

Step 5 Drain any excess fat from the skillet and transfer the mixture into your slow cooker.

Step 6 Stir the cognac, wine, tomato paste & garlic into the chicken mixture. Tuck the sealed Coq au Vin Whole Spice Infusion Bag™ into the chicken. 

Step 7 Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3 1/2 – 4 hours.

Step 8 Once cooked, discard the Coq au Vin Whole Spice Infusion Bag™

Coq au Vin

Make it a meal
Serve with baked or creamy mashed potato.

Lighten it up
Substitute the coqnac for wine or chicken broth.

One thought on “Coq au Vin Whole Spice Infusion™

  1. Made the Coq Au Vin yesterday… the perfect thing for the second day of no-school-due-to-sub-zero-temps here in Chicago. LOVED it. The flavors were subtle, rich, deep. Sauteed the chicken in the rendered bacon fat and next time, will omit the flour to make it lower carb. A red burgandy would be nice. I also doubled the minced garlic and sliced the mushrooms, added rough-diced carrots. Great work, Zen. I will need to buy more of this soon.

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