Coq au Vin

Burgundian Chicken Stewed in Wine

Preparation info

  • Serves

    6

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

The Cook’s Canon: 101 Recipes Everyone Should Know

The Cook’s Canon

By Raymond Sokolov

Published 2003

  • About

There’s no getting away from it: This is supposed to be a recipe for rooster in wine. I have never seen it that way; you have never seen it that way. It is always made with a regular, no-wattles chicken. My theory is that in some dark dawn of French life, farmers invented this dish as a vehicle for turning old roosters to account. These would have been tough old birds, literally, yeoman soldiers in the sexually lopsided economy of chicken husbandry.

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