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    A coq au vin is a classic French stew in which chicken is braised slowly in red wine and a little brandy to yield a supremely rich sauce filled with tender meat, crisp bits of bacon, mushrooms and burnished pearl onions. Traditional recipes call for a whole cut-up chicken, but using all dark meat gives you a particularly succulent dish without the risk of overcooked white meat. However, if you would rather substitute a whole cut-up bird, just add the breasts in the last 30 minutes of simmering. If you want to skip the croutons for garnish you can, but they do add a lovely, buttery crunch alongside the soft, simmered meat and vegetables. This recipe is part of The New Essentials of French Cooking, a guide to definitive dishes every modern cook should master. Buy the book.

    Ingredients

    • 3 pounds chicken legs and thighs
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more to taste
    • 3 cups hearty red wine, preferably from Burgundy
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
    • 4 ounces lardons, pancetta or bacon, diced into 1/4-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
    • 8 ounces white or brown mushrooms, halved if large, and sliced (about 4 cups)
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
    • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons brandy
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 8 ounces peeled pearl onions (about 12 to 15 onions)
    • Pinch sugar
    • 2 slices white bread, cut into triangles, crusts removed
    • 1/4 cup chopped parsley, more for serving

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 1002 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 74 g 114.17%
    • Saturated Fat: 22 g 109.35%
    • Trans Fat: 1 g %
    • Cholesterol: 339 mg 113.09%
    • Sodium: 1576 mg 65.68%
    • Calcium: 80 mg 8%
    • Potassium: 1023 mg 29.22%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 4 mg 20.86%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 18 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 2 g 9.2%
    • Sugar: 5 g
    • Protein: 60 g
    • Alcohol: 2 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 12 g
    • Vitamin A 18.71%
    • Vitamin C 20.38%
    • Vitamin D 2.69%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat11
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch1
    • Exchange - Vegetables2
    • Exchange - Lean Meat8
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total1 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total9 oz-eq

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