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Coq au vin on a weeknight? Yes, please! Normally this decadent French dish is an all-day affair, but thanks to the ingenious invention of a slow cooker, the chicken deepens in flavor while you work or sleep or hey, just sit on the couch. The result is a hearty bowl of comfort, equally at home on date night or when you host friends. Egg noodles are prefect for sopping up the luxurious sauce, but if you want a whole-grain alternative, brown rice or pearl barley would taste great, too. All that’s left to do when dinnertime rolls around is set out the candles, crack open the wine, and enjoy this delicious dish.


Credit: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe Summary

6 hrs 30 mins
30 mins
Serves 6


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place onions, mushrooms, carrots, and garlic in a 6-quart slow cooker.

  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium, stirring occasionally, until crispy and fat has rendered, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker using a slotted spoon; reserve drippings in skillet. Increase heat to medium-high.

  • Season chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and the pepper. Cook chicken, skin side down, until skin is golden brown and crispy, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate; reserve drippings in skillet. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly darkened, about 2 minutes. Add wine and cook, scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet, until reduced by half, about 6 minutes. Pour into slow cooker.

  • Stir broth, thyme sprigs, and remaining ¾ teaspoon salt into slow cooker. Arrange chicken, skin side up, on top of mixture. Cover and cook on low until chicken is tender, about 5½ hours. Top with thyme leaves and serve with egg noodles.

Nutrition Facts

344 calories; fat 19g; cholesterol 145mg; fiber 2g; protein 28g; carbohydrates 14g; sodium 661mg; sugars 4g.