Slow Cooker Coq au Vin


Coq au vin on a weeknight? Yes, please!

Slow Cooker Coq au Vin Recipe
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
6 serves

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.


  • 1 ½ cups frozen pearl onions

  • 8 ounces fresh cremini mushrooms, halved

  • 1 ¾ cups chopped carrots (from 2 large carrots)

  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 5 thick-cut bacon slices, chopped

  • 6 6- to 8-ounce bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups dry white wine

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs, plus leaves for serving

  • Cooked egg noodles, for serving


  1. Place onions, mushrooms, carrots, and garlic in a 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

344 Calories
19g Fat
14g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Cholesterol 145mg 48%
Sodium 661mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 28g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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