Modernize Coq Au Vin; slow cooked chicken thigh, pancetta, mushroom pate and red wine dressing

Martin Brooks

Martin Brooks

10th September 2012
Martin Brooks

Modernize Coq Au Vin; slow cooked chicken thigh, pancetta, mushroom pate and red wine dressing

From roasted chicken to stuffed chicken breast, chicken recipes are vast and varied. With a range of cooking methods and flavours to choose from, chicken recipes are a great way to exercise your chef skills. Why not give the following Modernize Coq Au Vin; slow cooked chicken thigh, pancetta, mushroom pate and red wine dressing recipe a try?


  • 4 Chicken thighs
  • 2 Slices thick cut pancetta
  • 4 Large shallots
  • 120ml/4.5fl oz red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbls lemon juice
  • 2 Tbls honey
  • 2 Tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 280ml/ 10fl oz olive oil
  • 100ml/3.5fl oz vegetable oil
  • 400g/14oz mixed mushrooms (such as shiitake, chestnut and oyster), cleaned and sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • Baby roquette leaves
  • 75g/2.5oz unsalted butter
  • pinch cayenne pepper


For the pâté, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the mushrooms and the onion and fry for 8-10 minutes, or until softened. Drain through a colander (discard the liquid), set aside to cool for at least one hour, then chill in the fridge until completely cold. (Ideally, the mushrooms should be chilled overnight). Blend half of the chilled mushroom and onion mixture, 125g/4.5oz of the butter and all of the cayenne pepper, nutmeg, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor until well combined but still textured. Transfer the blended mixture to a bowl, then fold in the remaining chilled mushroom and onion mixture until well combined. Pack the mixture into a mould or ramekin pressing down hard, Chill in the fridge overnight.
Preheat oven to 160°C/ 320F/ Gas 3
Heat two tablespoons of oil and 75g/2.5oz butter in a pan and fry the chicken skin side down for 2 minutes and repeat on the other side. place the chicken in a roasting dish then season with salt and pepper, cover tightly with foil and put in the oven for a good 1 1/2 hours. Take off foil whack up the heat to high and Cook for another 10 minutes or until the chicken skin is nice and crispy set-aside and keep warm.
For the shallots cut the root off and peel, chop in half and drizzle with oil and roast in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Cube the pancetta and pan fry until crispy about 3 minutes each side.
Whisk the honey, lemon juice and red wine vinegar together, slowly pour in the oil while whisking until combined season with salt and ground pepper.

In these challenging times…

The Staff Canteen team are taking a different approach to keeping our website independent and delivering content free from commercial influence. Our Editorial team have a critical role to play in informing and supporting our audience in a balanced way. We would never put up a paywall and restrict access – The Staff Canteen is open to all and we want to keep bringing you the content you want; more from younger chefs, more on mental health, more tips and industry knowledge, more recipes and more videos. We need your support right now, more than ever, to keep The Staff Canteen active. Without your financial contributions this would not be possible.

Over the last 12 years, The Staff Canteen has built what has become the go-to platform for chefs and hospitality professionals. As members and visitors, your daily support has made The Staff Canteen what it is today. Our features and videos from the world’s biggest name chefs are something we are proud of. We have over 500,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social channels, each connecting with chefs across the world. Our editorial and social media team are creating and delivering engaging content every day, to support you and the whole sector - we want to do more for you.

A single coffee is more than £2, a beer is £4.50 and a large glass of wine can be £6 or more.

Support The Staff Canteen from as little as £1 today. Thank you.