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The Classic French Coq Au Vin

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Ingredients
  Poussins/3 young chickens, about 2 pounds each 6 Pound, rinsed well and patted dry (Six 1 Pound Each Pieces)
  Chicken broth 2 Cup (32 tbs), defatted
  Olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Pancetta/Bacon slab 8 Ounce, rind discarded, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  Carrots 1 Pound, peeled and cut into 1-inch lengths (Medium Ones)
  Shallots 12 Ounce, peeled
  Garlic 8 Clove (40 gm), coarsely chopped
  Butter 2 Tablespoon, unsalted
  White mushrooms 2 Pound, wiped clean, stems trimmed, caps quartered
  Cornstarch 2 Tablespoon
  Dry red wine 2 Cup (32 tbs) (Full Bodied, Such As Burgundy)
  Cognac 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Tomato paste 2 Tablespoon
  Red currant jelly 1 Tablespoon
  Brown sugar 1 Tablespoon (Light Or Dark, Packed)
  Thyme leaves/1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 Tablespoon
  Bay leaf 1
  Coarse salt 1 Teaspoon
  Black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon, freshly ground
  Flat-leaf parsley 6 Tablespoon, chopped
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 375°F before baking.
2) Quarter the poussins, remove the backbones and wing tips and keep aside.

MAKING
3) In a large sauce pan, over low heat, simmer poussins with the backs and wing tips for 20 minutes to enrich the broth.
4) Strain the broth, saving it for later use.
5) In a large heavy casserole, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté pancetta in it for about 10 minutes until fat is rendered and the edges begin to brown.
6) Using a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta to a paper towel.
7) In the same casserole, brown the poussin pieces for about 4 minutes on each side, in small batches and then keep aside.
8) Sauté carrots and shallots in the same casserole for about 10 minutes, over medium-low heat, until they just begin to brown.
9) Mix in garlic and cook for 5 minutes longer.
10) Add in butter and mushrooms and cook them for 5 minutes over medium heat.
11) Stir in corn-starch and cook for 1 minute longer.
12) Pour in enriched chicken broth, wine, and Cognac and allow the mixture to come to a boil.
13) Thicken the sauce by cooking and scraping the bottom occasionally to loosen browned bits, for about 5 minutes.
14) Mix in tomato paste, red currant jelly, brown sugar, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.
15) Stir in poussins and pancetta gently.

FINALIZING
16) Cover and bake the mixture for 30 minutes in preheated oven.
17) Take off the cover and bake again for about 30 minutes longer, stirring carefully, until the poussins are cooked well and the carrots are soft.
18) Season to taste and mix in 4 tablespoons of parsley.

SERVING
19) Garnish with remaining parsley and serve hot at once.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
135 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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