Coq Au Vin Blanc


6 slices of bacon
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 carrot diced
1/2 onion sliced and diced
4 garlic cloves sliced
4 drumsticks skin on
4 thighs skin on
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoon butter, softened at room temperature
1 3/4 cup white wine
2 1/2 cups chicken stock (enough to cover the chicken)
fresh thyme, chopped
bay leaf
2 ounces dry mushrooms
2 tablespoons chopped parsley


Prepare the beurre manie` by mixing the flour and the butter in a small dish and set aside.
Place the dry mushroom in a small container, cover with hot water and let it rest. Once they are all plump remove from water and squeeze any water out and chop.
In a large, 8 quarts, pressure cooker, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat and cook the bacon stirring until most of the fat has rendered and the bacon is just lightly browned around 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove the bacon and set aside, leaving the fat in the pan.
Add the carrots and the onions to the pan and sauté with bacon fat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until it turns a golden-brown color, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Take the vegetables out of the pan and reserve them with the bacon.
Using the remainder 2 tablespoons olive oil added to the pan with the bacon fat. Season well on all sides the chicken pieces and add to the pan skin side down all in one layer. If the pieces will not all fit in, brown in batches. About 5 minutes. Turn the pieces over and brown on the other side until brown. Transfer the chicken to a rimmed plate.
Return the bacon, onions, carrots, garlic to the pan and add the white wine. Cook until the wine has evaporated down to 1/3. Add the flour and butter mixture to it and stir well.
Put the chicken pieces and any accumulated juices to the pan. Add the thyme, bay leaf, chopped mushrooms and enough of the chicken broth to cover the chicken. Bring to a quick boil.
Close the pressure cooker lid and follow the manufactures instruction for cooking. Set pressure cooker timer for 30 minutes.
Once done remove the lid transfer the chicken to a platter with sides. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce slightly.
Spoon mushrooms, onion sauce over the chicken and sprinkle with parsley.


Craving something new and decided to give the French classic recipe a spin: White wine and cookded in teh pressure cooker. 

Not only it took a 1/3 of the time, it was just perfectly tender and full of savorty flavor.

Use a delicious white wine. The rule of thumb: you drink it, you cook with it. Do not ruin a great dish with a less expensive and not soo good wine.

Make sure that the wine has the alcohol evaporated before closing the lid and starting the pressure cooking mode. The alcohol under pressure will not disappear, and the food will not only taste bitter but take on some of the metal flavors reducing it to a 1/3.

To create a velvety and to thicken the sauce, make a Beurre Manie`, which is a blend of butter and flour together into a smooth paste.




Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 3:59pm


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