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Coq au Vin in a white rectangular casserole with serving spoon.
Coq au Vin - Pressure Cooker Version
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Pressure Release Time
10 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Coq au Vin is the classic French braised chicken dish with bacon, mushrooms, onions and of course, red wine. The chicken is tender and moist and the sauce that results is luscious and rich. It's a soul-satisfying meal for any time of the year, but really hits the spot in the fall and winter.
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 759 kcal
  • 6 strips thick-cut bacon chopped
  • 3 pounds chicken legs 6 legs, separated into thighs and drumsticks
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 carrots sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons brandy divided
  • cups red wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup canned tomatoes diced
  • 4 tablespoons butter room temperature, divided
  • 24 pearl onions peeled (thawed if using frozen)
  • 1 pound button mushrooms halved
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • fresh thyme chopped
  1. Pre-heat the pressure cooker on the BROWN setting 

  2. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set it aside. Pat the chicken dry and generously season with salt and pepper. Sear in batches until browned on all sides. Remove the browned chicken to a plate and set aside.

  3. Add the sliced onions and sauté until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and carrots and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the thyme, bay leaf and rosemary. Pour in ½ cup of the brandy and deglaze the pan by scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the cooker. Pour in the red wine, chicken stock, and diced tomatoes and bring the mixture to a simmer. Return the chicken and any juices on the plate to the cooker and lock the lid in place.

  4. Pressure cook on HIGH for 10 minutes.

  5. While the chicken is cooking, heat a 12-inch sauté pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and sauté the pearl onions until lightly brown. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook, tossing regularly. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of brandy and deglaze the pan, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom.
  6. Release the pressure from the pressure cooker manually and carefully remove the lid. Transfer the chicken to a deep serving vessel.

  7. Mix the remaining 3 tablespoons of the butter with the flour, making a paste (called a beurre manié). Return the pressure cooker to the BROWN setting and bring the braising liquid to a boil. Stir the beurre manié into the braising liquid to thicken. Add the sautéed pearl onions and mushrooms and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce and vegetables over the chicken in the serving vessel, sprinkle with the fresh thyme and cooked bacon and serve.

Recipe Notes

Tip – To making peeling fresh pearl onions easier, trim the root and stem. Blanch them in boiling water for a couple of minutes before peeling.

Nutrition Facts
Coq au Vin - Pressure Cooker Version
Amount Per Serving
Calories 759 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 165mg55%
Sodium 539mg22%
Potassium 1134mg32%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 7205IU144%
Vitamin C 16.7mg20%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.