Recipe for Cider Chicken (Coq Au Cidre)


1 oz slab bacon; cut into 1/2-
1 ; inch dice
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 chicken (3 to 3 1/2 lb.)
1 ; cut into 8 pieces, skin a
1 ; fat removed
1 salt and pepper to taste
4 large onions; thinly sliced
1 clove garlic; finely chopped
2 3/4 cup hard apple cider or sparkling dry a; pple cider
1/3 cup calvados or brandy
8 pitted prunes
1 bouquet garni

6 sprigs parsley
4 sprigs fresh thyme or-
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 bay leaves


Tie bouquet garni together with kitchen string, or in a cheesecloth bag.

Preheat oven to 325F. In a deep ovenproof skillet with a lid, brown bacon over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes, and transfer to paper towels to drain. Pour off any fat in the pan. Add 1/2 tb. of the peanut oil to the pan and brown chicken over high heat, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate, season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Add the remaining 1/2 tb. oil to the pan, reduce heat to low and add onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very tender and golden, about 25 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Pour in cider and calvados or brandy and bring to a boil. Add prunes, bouquet garni, and the reserved bacon and chicken. Cover and bake until the chicken is very tender and no longer pink inside, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the bouquet garni. Taste and adjust seasonings before serving.

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