Red Wine-Braised Chicken & Mushrooms, as Anjana says, Nearly Coq Au Vin

Red Wine-Braised Chicken & Mushrooms, nearly Coq Au Vin

I found this recipe through Angies Fiesta Friday blog hop party just the other week, it was a spontaneous meal as it just about fitted what I had in the fridge, so I threw caution to the wind and decided to make it.  I was not disappointed at all and actually did a slightly experimental version of it the next day with  meatballs.

Who do I have to thank for this apart from Angie and her blog – The Novice Gardener – but also Anjana who has the blog Happy and Harried – please click here to see her Red Wine-Braised Chicken and Mushrooms, Almost Coq Au Vin recipe

Apparently Anjana is an Electronics Engineer, I think she is wasted as this and should be kept firmly in the kitchen.  Please pop by and visit her blog and see all the lovely dishes she cooks in her spare time, she even has a whole section on how to keep your home tidy, clean and organized, oh my where has she been all my life.  It’s not all cooking you know!

So here is some visual evidence on my slightly experimental version of Anjana’s meal.

Red Wine-Braised Chicken & Mushrooms, nearly Coq Au Vin style!

Ingredients – what I used, but please pop by to Anjana’s blog to see her proper suggestions

  • I had 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 x tsp salt (I use rock salt)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper ground
  • 3 x tbsp butter divided
  • 1lb mushrooms, I had a combo of button and chestnut I kept them whole
  • 1 x Onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup red wine, use what you have or is your favourite, I used Pirosmani which is a medium dry red
  • prepared chicken stock x 2 cups
  • Garlic – 4-5 cloves, crushed and chopped


  • I have to say I never wash the chicken pieces, how bad is that, something I never thought about, but I feel I should say, you should, season them.  Herbs are added at this point but I simply did not have them
  • Melt the butter in a non stick pan, sear the chicken to lightly brown, then remove and keep aside.
  • Add the rest of the butter and brown the mushrooms, they brown more quickly if left still in the pan rather than stirred.
  • Add the onions and garlic, saute for 4-5 mins until lightly golden
  • Add the flour, combine to soak up any juices, cook on a low/medium heat for a couple of mins.
  • Increase the heat, add the wine, whisk, then add chicken stock and herbs (not noted in here, please go to Anjana’s blog to find out what), and bring to the boil for 3-4 mins, it will reduce and look thicker at this point.
  • Return the browned chicken, cover all for 30 – 40 mins until cooked through and tender.
  • Season
  • Garnish

I had this with green beans and plain rice as that was all that was in the house.

What I found is that often dishes have thighs in , when on the bone the dishes are meant to be more tender.  My family hate thighs which is why I never have any in the kitchen.  I must say though that the chicken breasts were as tender as any thighs, it works equally as well.


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Now I hope you are enjoying Fiesta Friday #51 – are you partying hard today, you are welcome to some of the left over wine as well as the meal because it is truly delicious.

What are you up to this weekend?

Justine xxx

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  37 comments for “Red Wine-Braised Chicken & Mushrooms, as Anjana says, Nearly Coq Au Vin

  1. January 16, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Ooh… Justine, this looks wonderful! I am so glad you made it and loved it!!
    And thanks for all those kind words you said about me… (blush!)

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    • January 16, 2015 at 3:01 PM

      heeh a pleasure after all i wouldn’t have had dinner that night if it were not for you hehe. I can’t believe your so tidy oh my is that a pic of your pantry on your blog? I nearly fainted hehe x

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  2. January 16, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    It’s always satisfying to make something new and yummy from what you have sitting around. (washing chicken pieces might depend on the source/raising of the chicken?)

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    • January 16, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      that’s true, it’s meant to be organic but that not always gets bought if shrek buys it hehe. xx

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  3. January 16, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    This looks so delicious, Justine!


    • January 18, 2015 at 6:08 PM

      Thank you Sarah, it was and easy which is always a plus for me hehe, how is your weekend going? Sorry for late reply, just working out these updates on WP with regards to the commenting section, has flummoxed me x

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      • January 18, 2015 at 6:53 PM

        Easy is always a plus ^^ My weekend is going fine, almost done 😦 How is yours going?
        No problems at all, Justine ^^ x

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        • January 18, 2015 at 9:43 PM

          ah well nearly over hehe, had 9 over for lunch and cooked a curry from angies which was wow fabulous, felt like a marathon after but well worth it xx

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  4. January 16, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Your recipe looks great Justine – recipes just taste so good when wine is an ingredient. Never heard of the wine – I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing this with everyone at Angie’s party. Get ready for the first anniversary next week 🙂


    • January 18, 2015 at 6:09 PM

      oh wine in and out of a dish is good hehe..and yes the anniversary, she mentioned sending invites, sounds exciting. Are you doing something special for next week? x


  5. January 16, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Bravo, Justine! I love when a meal calls out to me while cruising other blogs and I actually have all needed ingredients on hand! For me, it’s proof that it’s meant to be and apparently, time to cook. 🙂 I bet your hubby was very pleased with this delicious looking dinner. 🙂


    • January 18, 2015 at 6:10 PM

      ah well all the boys loved it, plus me and i tried it with meatballsl the next day lol and complimented it with macaroni, worked really well, very versatile xx How is your weekend?


      • January 18, 2015 at 10:20 PM

        Trying the recipe a new way, on the next day, is proof it was delicious!!! I must try it too. 😛

        My weekend has been the perfect mix of busy and relaxing! I hope you were able to enjoy yours!

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  6. January 16, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    There’s another great looking meal; I’m not sure why you keep saying you’re not as good as all the others on here. Anything with bacon and wine has to be excellent! 🙂


    • January 18, 2015 at 6:10 PM

      Oh you know I didn’t even put the bacon in it as didn’t have that but i dont think it made a difference it was fab and easy which is always a plus hehe. How is your weekend? xx

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      • January 18, 2015 at 9:46 PM

        My weekend is going great, I hope yours is too. I did not submit for this FF, but posted a day before on travel, would love you to visit my blog sometime 🙂

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        • January 18, 2015 at 9:57 PM

          hehe I follow you already 😛 I just spotted your goan food..yum xx


  7. January 16, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    If I hadn’t already planned a 4 star meal of velveeta macaroni and cheese and pepsi, I’d totally make that tonight.


    • January 18, 2015 at 6:11 PM

      ooh what is velveeta macaroni? I just cooked a deluxe macaroni the other day, will share the recipe soon. Did you put pepsi in the macaroni? lol


  8. January 16, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    I love this dish. It is a perfect comfort food. Anjana is very talented as are you!


    • January 18, 2015 at 6:12 PM

      thank you it’s a fun and easy dish, very versatile as if ound out later when i did it with meatballs too! hehe xx

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  9. January 17, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    That looks like a real treat, I’m going to have to give it a whirl … I love chicken!

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    • January 18, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      oh you should it is sooo easy and i did it with meatballs too on another day, worked just as well, plus the wine helps too hehe x


  10. January 17, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Looks yummy – I love trying out other people’s recipes and adapting them with my favourite/most convenient ingredients!

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    • January 18, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      exactly it is all good fun and its gives inspiration to be adventurous, try things i might never try otherwise, though I would have tried this one before, but i have certainly branched out in other areas, thank you for popping by. How has your weekend been? x

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      • January 18, 2015 at 6:15 PM

        It was great, have a massive garlicky lemony roasted chicken in the oven, trying to think of anything that’s not food for the last hour!!! And yours?

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        • January 18, 2015 at 6:18 PM

          oh wow i am just having left overs, now i am jealous. Mind you I cooked a huge curry yesterday, a feast in fact, am still recovering from that haha, felt like a gym workout cooking that, i swear cooking keeps one fit!


  11. January 17, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Looks delicious! If it wasn’t in bad taste (or the fact that dinner’s long done), I’d invite myself over. 🙂

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  12. January 18, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Looks yummy! Nothing beats seeing an awesome recipe and realising you already have everything you need (or close enough to everything) to make it for dinner!

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