Prep Time: 40 mins Cooking Time: 1 hr 40 mins Serves: 4

Coq au Vin is one of my winter favourites. It’s a hearty tasty meal, and with cacao added it’s simply rico.

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1 whole organic free-range chicken, about 1.5kg

2 onions

1 carrot

1 stick celery

2 bouquet garni

75g butter

2 tbsp olive oil

garlic cloves from half a bulb, peeled

150g unsmoked back bacon, roughly chopped

1 bottle red wine

1–2 tbsp 100% cacao, finely grated. Suggestion, Indonesian Black100% Javan Dark Breaking Cacao



  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan).
  • Remove the legs, wings and breast meat from the chicken. Place the chicken carcass in a roasting tin and roast for 30–40 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer the carcass to a large pot.
  • Add 1 onion, the carrot, celery and 1 bouquet garni. Cover with cold water and simmer for 35–40 minutes. Strain, discarding the vegetables and bones.
  • Season the chicken pieces with salt and black pepper. Heat the butter and oil in a large casserole. Add the chicken and fry until the skin is evenly browned. Meanwhile, blitz the remaining onion and the garlic cloves in a food processor until finely chopped. Remove the chicken from the casserole, add the onion and garlic, along with the bacon, and fry until soft and brown.
  • Turn the heat up and deglaze the casserole with a good splash of red wine. Return the chicken legs and wings to the pot.
  • Pour in the remaining red wine and 150ml of stock. Add the remaining bouquet garni.
  • Cook over a low heat for 1 hour, topping up the liquid if necessary with stock. Add the chicken breasts and cook for a further 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
  • Stir in the cacao to finish and serve with mashed potato.

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