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Wine-Braised Chicken with Shallots and Pancetta

Wine-Braised Chicken with Shallots and Pancetta

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This is an updated, lighter version of coq au vin, made with Riesling

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  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 (about 1½ lbs.) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed of visible fat
  • 4 (about 1½ lbs.) chicken drumsticks
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 7 oz. pancetta, cut into ¾-inch dice (1 heaping cup)
  • 8 medium shallots, lobes separated, large lobes halved through the core
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into ¾-inch thick slices, large slices cut in half
  • 1 small fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and cut into ¾-inch dice
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley (Italian parsley)
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups dry fruity white wine (preferably Alsatian or German dry Riesling)
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Position a rack in the bottom third of the oven and heat the oven to 300°F.

Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a 7- to 8-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the chicken all over with 1 tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper. Arrange the chicken skin side down in the pot in a snug single layer and sear, flipping once, until golden brown all over, 10 to 13 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Cook the pancetta in the pot until well browned all over, 5 to 8 minutes. transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Pour off and discard the fat.

Heat the remaining 2 Tbs. oil in the pot over medium-high heat. Cook the shallots, carrots, and fennel, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until its aroma subsides, 1 to 2 minutes.

Tie the parsley sprigs, thyme sprigs, and bay leaf together with twine (or tie them in a small cheesecloth sachet). Add the herb bundle to the pot, along with the wine. Simmer briskly, scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen the brown bits. Add the broth and return the chicken and pancetta to the pot, arranging the chicken in a single layer. Bring to a simmer, cover and transfer to the oven.

Braise the chicken until the meat is fork-tender and just starting to come away from the bone, 35 to 45 minutes.

Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a serving platter with a slotted spoon and tent with foil. Discard the herb bundle. bring the sauce to a boil over high heat and reduce to 2 cups, about 15 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve sprinkled with the chopped parsley.


You can make this dish up to 2 days ahead. Let the sauce cool before adding the chicken and vegetables and refrigerating. Reheat gently over medium-low heat before serving.

I find it impossible to tie a bay leaf with twine. So, if using twine instead of the cheesecloth sachet, I tie the herb sprigs and put the bay leaf in separately. Just make sure you take it out when you take out the herbs.

I generally use a combination of chicken breasts and thighs, both with skin and bones.

Serve with mashed potatoes.

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Kosher v. table salt
We always use kosher salt in our cooking because its crystals dissolve better in water than ordinary table salt. However, kosher and table salt are not equivalent when you are measuring amounts for a recipe. To further confuse matters, different types of kosher salt measure differently. If a recipe calls for table salt (or just salt), and the amounts are relatively small (e.g., one teaspoon), we simply use the amount called for in the recipe. You can always add a bit more salt to taste. If however, the recipe calls for larger amounts of salt, as would be the case, for example, in a brine, then you should convert the amount called for. Most sources cite 2 types of kosher salt as being widely available: Morton (which is what we use) and Diamond Crystal (which none of us have ever been able to find.) In any case, to convert the amount of table salt to Morton Kosher Salt, multiply the table salt by 1.5; to convert to Diamond Crystal, multiply by 2.

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