I’ve always loved using my crockpot. I’m happy knowing that when dinner time rolls around, I can avoid the typical chaos of dinner preparation. (You know — hungry, whiny kiddos…a toddler emptying the cupboards…trying to drain the pasta in a sink full of dirty dishes…the usual.) 🙂
I have a few tried and true crockpot recipes that I tend to fall back on, but just recently I’ve started experimenting with new recipes. And we’ve had several winners! A few weeks ago I posted this Crockpot Lemon-Artichoke Chicken. Yum. But my new favorite crockpot chicken recipe is Coq Au Vin (literally, ‘rooster in wine’). This French dish is incredibly tasty and rich.
I’ve made Coq au Vin on the stovetop and it was good, but I think my crockpot version is better!
*CROCKPOT COQ AU VIN* (Adapted from this recipe)
10 chicken drumsticks, skin removed (thighs would work just as well)
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3-4 medium carrots, cut in large chunks
4 oz sliced white mushrooms
1/2 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 bay leaf
1/2 c. chicken broth
1 c. red wine (the cheap stuff is fine!)
2 tsp. fresh thyme
Place the chicken in a greased slow cooker. Add the veggies around the edges of the chicken. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and spices. Pour the broth and wine over everything; sprinkle with fresh thyme.
(Can I just say that I LOVE cooking with bacon? Bacon makes everything better.) 🙂
Cover and cook on low 5-7 hours, depending on your brand of slow cooker. Serve with pasta, rice, or my favorite — mashed potatoes.
(Speaking of mashed potatoes, if you need potato recipe ideas, hop on over to Springs Bargains and check out my post, What To Make With What’s On Sale: Russet Potatoes!)
If you try this Crockpot Coq Au Vin recipe, please let me know what you think. It’s one of our family’s new favorites!