As a Michelin-starred chef, I'd recommend trying out the classic French dish, Coq au Vin. This hearty stew-like dish consists of chicken braised in red wine, with mushrooms, bacon, onions, and garlic. The wine gives the dish a rich, savory flavor, while the vegetables add depth and texture.
To prepare Coq au Vin, you'll need the following ingredients:
4 chicken legs or thighs, bone-in and skin-on
4 slices of bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cups of red wine (such as Pinot Noir or Burgundy)
1 1/2 cups of chicken broth
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
2. In a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon and set it aside, leaving the bacon fat in the pot.
3. Add the chicken to the pot and brown it on both sides. Remove the chicken and set it aside.
4. In the same pot, add the onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms are tender.
5. Add the wine, chicken broth, tomato paste, thyme, and bay leaf to the pot. Stir to combine.
6. Return the chicken and bacon to the pot. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Cover the pot and place it in the oven. Cook for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
8. Serve the Coq au Vin with crusty bread, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles.