Mom’s Coq Au Vin Blanc

Serves 4 Prep Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken legs
  • 25g butter
  • 150g bacon or pancetta pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 400g mushrooms, sliced into quarters
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 450ml white wine
  • 250ml cream
  • Large handful flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 250g green beans, steamed
  • 200g cooked peas
  • 500g baby potatoes, steamed
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large heavy based casserole pan over a medium, high heat. Season the chicken legs and place in the pan, brown on all sides until they are a golden colour. This will take about 8 minutes. Remove and set aside on a plate.
Reduce the heat slightly and add the butter. When it begins to foam, add the bacon and fry until just crisp. Add the garlic and onion and fry for 3–4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 3 minutes.
Return the chicken to the pan along with the thyme and pour in the white wine. Bring to the boil and simmer over a low heat for 45–50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
When the chicken is cooked stir through the cream. Simmer to reduce, for about 5 minutes or until the sauce has become a little thicker.
Add a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper and simmer for a further
Scatter the parsley over and serve it at the table alongside the baby potatoes, peas and green beans.