Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Slow Cooker Coq Au Vin

It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s!

Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers.

So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is SLOW COOKER COQ AU VIN!!

This is one of my favorite chicken dishes, even if I don’t allow myself to make it often.  Since I’m a big bacon fan, I usually use more than the required amount but that’s just me. It’s just too easy to pig out!  Pun intended.  🙂

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!


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[Serves 4]

3 slices bacon, cut in ¾ inch pieces
1 pkg. (10 oz.) mushrooms, cut in half
2 cups frozen pearl onions
1 chicken, 3½-4 lb. cut up and skinned
1 onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup dry red wine
2 T. tomato paste
1 bay leaf
¾ cup chicken broth
Salt & Pepper

In non-stick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until brown.  Drain bacon on paper towel.  Meanwhile, in 5-6 quart slow cooker, combine mushrooms and frozen pearl onions; set aside.  Sprinkle chicken pieces with ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper.  In skillet with bacon fat, cook chicken (in 2 batches if necessary) over med-high heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Place chicken over vegetables in slow cooker.  Discard drippings from skillet.  Reduce heat to medium; add onion and carrot and cook 2 minutes or until onion softens, stirring frequently. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute.  Add wine, tomato paste, and bay leaf; heat to boiling stirring to dissolve tomato paste.  Pour wine mixture and broth over chicken pieces.  Cover slow cooker and cook on low 8 hours or on high 4 hours.  To serve, discard bay leaf.  Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.

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