Nigel Slater’s Coq au Riesling

Coq au Riesling

For my birthday a week or so ago, I was spoiled with something I have wanted for a very, VERY long time. A perfect, white Le Creuset 30cm Buffet Casserole. Well that was my idea anyway. I went to my local Le Creuset store very much intent on buying one of the pristine beauties but was told that the white range only gets made twice a year in France and as it’s also a very popular range, it gets sold out relatively quickly. I took to Twitter to see if anyone could help me and within minutes the amazing folk at Le Creuset South Africa tweeted me back saying they are going to search high and low and within 24 hours they had located the very last white buffet casserole in the country and had it sent to my local store. I mean, is there anyone that does customer service better?

Anyway, so buffet casserole purchased, I needed something to christen it with. A good friend suggested that I make Nigel Slater’s Coq au Riesling from his book Real Food and I knew it had to be. I tweeted about it (well of course) and what do you know, Mr Slater himself shared my sentiment that this dish was made for my dish.

Coq au Riesling


Coq au Riesling

You should make this if you like chicken. If you like mushrooms. If you like creamy sauces. If you like Food. And most importantly if you like a bit of plate licking. This recipe is so gosh-darn delicious that I did, in fact, lick my plate. While it’s cooking, the scent of onion, garlic, mushrooms and wine will waft through your house, teasing your senses and when you take your first bite, you will swoon. The chicken was soft and succulent and the sauce deeply savoury. Serve it with steamed rice or on top of al dente pasta or as I did, with a loaf of crusty bread to mop up the sauce. A zesty green salad won’t be out of place either.

Coq au RieslingFor this recipe in Afrikaans (along with the most beautiful writing by my talented friend), click here.

Nigel Slater's Coq au Riesling
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I followed Nigel's recipe but amended the quantities slightly as I needed to feed my family.
Recipe type: Dinner, Entree, Chicken, Main,
Serves: 4-6
  • 50g butter
  • splash of olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 125g bacon/pancetta, sliced into thin strips
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 8 chicken pieces on the bone (I used 4 thighs and 4 drumsticks)
  • 250g portabellini mushrooms, sliced
  • 500ml Riesling (or dry white wine of your choice)
  • 250ml cream
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • handful chopped parsley
  1. Melt the butter and oil together in a large pan.
  2. Brown the chicken pieces all over and remove from the pan.
  3. Add the onions and bacon and allow to fry until the onions are soft and translucent and the bacon has rendered it's fat.
  4. Add the garlic and allow to saute for another 30 seconds before removing the mixture from the pan (leaving the fat behind).
  5. Add the mushrooms and allow to fry for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the onion and bacon mixture along with the browned chicken back to the pan.
  7. Pour in the wine and allow to come up to a boil. Turn down the heat and cover. Allow to simmer for 15-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. After 15 minutes, uncover, turn up the heat and add the cream. Allow to cook for another 10 minutes.
  9. Add the chopped parsley and season to taste.
  10. Serve with rice, pasta or crusty bread.


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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Angie

    This looks so saucy and scrumptious!

    • Alida Ryder

      Angie, it absolutely is!

  • Cindy

    I made this for dinner this evening. Absolutely delicious! Thanks Alida!

    • Alida Ryder

      So glad you liked it Cindy. A new favourite in our household.

  • Heide-Marie Mostert

    I made this last night, it was really devine! Don’t have such an amazing pan like you, but definitely yummy! My new go to recipe xxx

    • Alida Ryder

      So glad you liked it Heide-Marie!

  • Amy Strecker

    I made this for a small gathering last night, with homemade crusty bread and tossed salad. It was DELICIOUS! We’ve saved the recipe to our favorites and will be making this again.

    • Alida Ryder

      That sounds like the perfect sides for this delicious recipe. Glad you liked it.

  • Sue

    I’ve been dying to make this recipe since I spotted it here last week. I made it for a family dinner tonight, served with olive bread and a rocket and avo salad. It was delicious and a real hit. My family of foodies adored it. Thanks, Alida. I love your website and blogs.

    • Alida Ryder

      So glad you and your family enjoyed it Sue! And thanks for the lovely comment.

  • helene

    Hi, just made this and it was divine! The sauce is incredible, I could not stop eating! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Suz

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit with the whole family. Kids really love it!

    • Alida Ryder

      So glad you liked it Suz!

  • Preciouss

    Great recipe, loved it – but I think it needs more sauce. :) I’ve made it with half the meat you’ve used (2 thighs and 2 drumsticks), but with your measures for the sauce (because we love sauces), and the amount was just right, there was no leftover sauce – I’m afraid there simply wouldn’t be enough of it had we made this amount for 8 pieces of meat.

    • Alida Ryder

      The amount of sauce in the photos actually was more than enough of us, and we’re also really saucy people. You could always just add more cream if you wanted it saucier. Glad you liked it.

  • Dahlia McGrath

    The second time you brown the chicken, do I need to use a new pan with the onion and bacon liquid in it?

    • Alida Ryder

      Dahlia, I use the same pan for everything. If there is a ton of liquid, perhaps pour it off but I find that you are only left with a lot of liquid if you overcrowd the pan. IN that case, rather fry the bacon and mushrooms off in batches.

  • Kendra

    Made this for dinner and… LOVED it. It’s a Must Keep indeed. Thanks so much for the recipe.

    • Alida Ryder

      It’s become a definite favourite. Glad you like it too!

  • Jami

    What kind of cream do I use?

    • Alida Ryder

      I used fresh cream. I think it might be called Heavy cream in the US?

  • Miranda

    I made this tonight for dinner! It. was. fabulous! Even better than I thought it would be! Thank you for sharing!

    • Alida Ryder

      So glad you liked it Miranda!

  • Sara

    Made this tonight and I enjoyed every bite. I love french dishes and actually picked this one to celebrate my new job! Thanks for sharing! My family really enjoyed it!

    • Alida Ryder

      So glad you liked it Sara!

  • Dana

    Hi there Alida! I just made this dish. It was wonderful, but I had to do some things differently than you described. I drained the butter and oil off after the first browning so that the bacon wouldn’t boil/steam. (I detest flaccid bacon.) Then I drained off some of bacon grease before working on the mushrooms next. This actually took quite a bit of time and I did use a pretty large Le Cruset pan. I’m wondering if it is still too small, but I butchered a whole chicken into 4 large pieces and they all fit without overlapping. Why did we need to brown twice? I’m just curious. Overall it was absolutely scrumptious and I will definitely make it again. Thank you for posting this. This is my first recipe from your site I’ve made, even though I’ve “pinned”….100? Lots. You site is fabulous and your sticky Indian chicken is next on my list.

    • Alida Ryder

      Dana, you don’t need to brown the chicken twice. You simply brown the chicken once after you’ve fried the bacon and mushrooms and then cook it in the wine and stock.

      • 1Carolyn

        I’m still confused about this. In step 2 the recipe says: “Brown the chicken pieces all over and remove from the pan.”

        Then step 6 says: “Allow to brown all over then add the mushrooms and allow to fry for 5 minutes.”

        Did you omit step 2 when you made it?

        • Alida Ryder

          So sorry to cause confusion. I’ve amended the recipe. :)

        • Alida Ryder

          So sorry to cause the confusion. I’m having trouble updating the recipe but you only brown once, in the beginning then place the chicken back in the pot after the onions and bacon have been fried then add the mushrooms and proceed.

      • Cin

        I was confused also. You say to brown in Step 2 and Step 6.

  • nandi

    I made this over the weekend for my boyfriend, we enjoyed it very much, especially with some crusty bread. However, I did find that the sauce was a bit too thin and not thick. Is there anyway, I can thicken up the sauce next time round?

    • Alida Ryder

      Nandi, you could add a little cornflour mixed with water and allow it to cook through if you want the sauce to be a little thicker.

  • Carley

    Could this dish be made in a regular deep sided frying pan?! I want to try it. I am suffering from pan envy right now lol

    • Alida Ryder

      Yes of course Carley.

  • Alida Ryder

    Chicken breasts on the bone should cook in a similar amount to the thighs. The flavour will have less depth only because the thighs are so very flavourful but chicken breasts will do fine as well.

  • Alida Ryder

    Kendall, depending on where you’re based I’m sure you can Google “Le Creuset” or follow the suitable handle on twitter. They are incredibly helpful.

  • Alida Ryder

    Dawn, it could but you won’t get the same flavour as with the wine. After all, this dish is named after wine. But the dish will still be tasty if you substitute.

  • barbara

    plan on making this tonight , but have to convert the measurements , so I hope it turns out …lol

    • Alida Ryder

      Barbara, with cooking you can relax a little more than with baking where exact measurements are a must. With this dish, go on taste and tweak it to suit your own tastes. :) I hope you love this dish as much as I do!

  • Julie

    Saw the picture of this dish and thought I MUST make it ….until I read that there are mushrooms in it. I know, I know….how can i not like mushrooms?!?! Sadly, they are my greatest food aversion!! Is it possible to make this without them and still end up with a wonderful dish? Thanks for your help!

    • Alida Ryder

      Julie, I completely understand. I HATE mushrooms in anything other than a creamy sauce. Can’t stand it on pizza, hate them on their own. People think I’m weird ALL the time.

      Yes, you can make this without the mushrooms and it will still be delicious. The only thing mushrooms add to this is that rich, meaty umami taste. If you can tolerate the flavour of them, I would say cook them with the mushrooms and just take them out before you eat OR soak a few dried porcinis in hot water and use that to cook the chicken in. Just so you get that deep flavour the mushrooms lend to this.

    • KansasKate

      Though I like mushrooms, I can’t eat them. My boeuf bourguignon hasn’t suffered one bit from a lack of mushrooms, and I’m sure this dish won’t either.

    • Frugal Hausfrau

      I make a dish a lot like this but use artichoke hearts in it. If not in season, use canned, well rinsed or even better, frozen ones.

  • Michelle

    Fabulous recipe!!! What great flavor!! I am adding this to my new favorites, thank you for sharing such a tasty dish <3 I found it on Pinterest :-)

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks for your lovely comment Michelle. So glad you liked it!

  • linda zeller

    for those of you who need a conversion chart I have it. 50g. = 2tlbs, 125g. = 4OZ. ,250g.=9oz, 500ml=1pt/2c., 250ml=1c. hope this helps

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Linda!

    • sharon meyer

      i believe 50g. = 3 1/3 T

    • gb

      thank you so much!

  • Criss

    I made this tonight, it was delicious and my family loved it. I can’t wait to make it again.

  • Patricia Tognarine

    This is a wonderful dish. Made it today. Only thing I did different was I used half and half

    • Alida Ryder

      Glad you likeds it Patricia.

      • Alida Ryder

        So glad you liked it.

  • Alida Ryder

    Of course Denise. :)

  • Nadine

    Hi, maybe I am misunderstanding something in the recipe but it says to brown the chicken pieces twice. Could you please clarify this for me. Do I just brown it a little bit the first time? Thanks, can’t wait to try this.

    • Alida Ryder

      Nadine, I amended the recipe. So sorry for causing so much confusion!

  • Alida Ryder

    Roe, I’m sure if you Google you’ll be able to find an online converter.

  • Angelique

    Do you drain the grease after cooking the bacon?

    • Alida Ryder

      Angelique, I didn’t as I like to fry the mushrooms in the fat but if you like, you can remove the fat.

  • jen

    Did anyone make this with boneless chicken? I have some picky eaters.

    • Alida Ryder

      Jen, I’m sure this would be just perfect with boneless chicken. Just adjust the cooking time as bone-in chicken takes longer to cook.

      • jen

        great thanks!

      • Samuel Seay

        I made this with boneless chicken. Was great :)

  • Alida Ryder

    Glad you liked it!

  • Alida Ryder

    Lizzy, I think you could perhaps use a little cornflour mixed with water just to thicken the sauce slightly and use a little chicken stock instead of the cream.

  • Alida Ryder

    Of course, you can use any mushrooms you have on hand.

  • BritishBlokesCooking

    We love the way you write and adore this recipe. Found you on Pinterest and have a lovely new blog to follow!

  • KansasKate

    That looks delicious. Can’t wait to make it, sans mushrooms. Gorgeous pan, BTW. I wish it were easier to find Le Creuset in white and in black too.

  • Peter Block

    This is beautiful! Peter @Feed Your Soul Too

  • Alida Ryder

    No, I used what we call in SA Fresh cream or Whipping cream. I think it’s called Heavy Cream in the US?

  • fifigoesnom

    Hi there! I pinned your recipe months ago and finally got round to making it tonight to christen my new Le Creuset :) It was every bit as delicious as your picture looked! I hope you don’t mind me blogging it (adapted down for two to four people) I’ve credited the original recipe back to you (and Nigel Slater) of course. Thanks ever so much for sharing this in the first place.

    • Alida Ryder

      So glad you liked it!

  • Alida Ryder

    Wow, what a wonderful compliment. But what else do you expect from Nigel? ;)

  • Michele

    This recipe is an absolute hit! My husband and I LOVED it and will definitely be making it again very soon. The flavors and textures were heavenly – even with half-fat cream. I’m SO glad to have found your beautiful blog! Thank you!

    • Alida Ryder

      So glad you liked it Michelle. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  • Carol

    I would like to make this but I noticed that the recipe calls for 4 cloves of garlic. Both my daughter and I love garlic but my husband HATES the smell and taste of it. So, I need to know how strong the garlic smell/flavor is in this dish. I made a dish the other day with 2 cloves of minced garlic and he was OK with that as it did not taste/smell garlicky but I am concerned that 4 cloves will have a much stronger taste/smell. Please advise.

    • Alida Ryder

      Carol, I think start with 2 cloves and see how he feels with that. Instead of using 4 and then he doesn’t like it. Maybe the next time you make it you can add a little more? And be sure to really cook it out so that it becomes mellow and sweet instead of being pungent.

  • Emilygal

    Im probably being stupid but Step 8 starts by saying ‘after 15 mins’ : does this mean after 15 mins of the 15-25 mins already mentioned in Step 7 or does it mean that after the dish has cooked for 15-25 mins (as mentioned in step 7) you then wait and leave it sit for 15 mins before adding the cream/bringing up heat again etc? Bit confused. Thanks :)

    • Alida Ryder

      The dish needs to cook for approximately 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked but after 15 minutes you can uncover it and add the cream so that the sauce can reduce slightly. Hope that clears it up! ;)

  • Bernie Wong

    Just made this for dinner tonight, absolutely delicious! I used sauvignon blanc with dried porcinni and fresh shiitakes because I had those on hand. Amazing dish, will be making it for company soon.

    • Alida Ryder

      That sounds amazing Bernie. So glad you enjoyed it.

  • Alida Ryder

    Kelly, if you’d like you can mix a little cornflour with a little water and mix that in and allow to cook through or you can just allow the sauce to simmer uncovered until it reaches the thickness you are after.

  • Kat Seltzer

    This recipe is so delicious. I love using white wine and cream. Thank you for the interesting and oh so delicious take on the classic. I modified the recipe just a bit as I had to translate the measurements :-) but it was still so good. My family loved it and we had it twice in the same week. Thank you!

    • Alida Ryder

      So glad you liked it!

  • Alida Ryder

    So glad you liked it Rita. Unfortunately I don’t have the nutritional content of this recipe but I do know it will be quite hight in fat and calories due to the cream. If you wanted to make this every week and are worried about the calories/fat content, perhaps try to use reduced fat cream? The only worry with that is that some reduced fat creams can split if they are boiled so you will have to only add the cream right at the very end and cook the chicken in a little chicken stock.

  • Alida Ryder

    No, you leave the fat in the pan to saute the mushrooms in. If there’s a lot of fat from the bacon in the pan, you can pour some of it off but you’ll need a little fat to fry the mushrooms in.

  • Alida Ryder

    Oh Mags, thank you so much for your WONDERFUL comment. I really am so happy that you and your family loved this recipe. You can trust Nigel Slater’s recipes again and again. They always work and they are always drop-dead-delicious!

  • LF

    This looks delicious, thank you for sharing. I’m thinking of doing this in a slow cooker for a few hours. Would you add any stock with the wine for slow cooking and then add the cream at the end?

    • Alida Ryder

      I would definitely add a little stock if you’re going to try it in a slow cooker and then just add the cream towards the end.

  • Lee

    That is absolutely an amazing recipe. I can’t wait to make this.
    However, since dry white wine is not available in my region, may I use red wine instead?

    • Alida Ryder

      Lee, sure you can use red wine but it will then be a Coq au Vin and not a Coq au Riesling anymore. Also, with red wine you’ll have to omit or reduce the amount of cream the recipe asks for.

  • Alida Ryder

    Absolutely not. ;) This is delicious whether made in a crappy pan or a fancy-pants pan.

  • Shaun Edmonds

    Great to see this dish again, I bought the book when it first came out and made this wonderful recipe for years…then much like Nigel I forgot about it till I came across this page, safe to say this is on the menu again this week once I’ve done my shopping.

  • Michael Allen

    Wow… this was fantastic. Rich and creamy, but not too much so. The freshly chopped herbs really elevated the dish to another level. I served it with sugar snap peas sautéed in olive oil, garlic, fresh black peppercorn, and sea salt, with a butter leftover multigrain boule for grains. This one is certainly a keeper in my book! :)

  • Alida Ryder

    Lara, I do leave it on because often the chicken isn’t submerged completely. It definitely adds a lovely bit of extra flavour. ;)

    • Lara

      After seeing the photos and re-visiting this page today I couldn’t resist…. I’m now making this for dinner tonight! On the menu for tomorrow? Your garlic roasted chicken and cauliflower puree. Thanks for all the fantastic recipes xx

      • Alida Ryder

        Thanks for your lovely comment! I get such intense pleasure when people try my recipes. I hope you enjoy both!

  • NotKennedy

    I’ve done variations on this recipe many times, always with goof results, though I have not tried it with Riesling, so, thanks to your lovely review, I’ll revisit the dish with a different inflection! Thanks for the review and the photos!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • Alida Ryder

    Judy, Mine is the 30cm/3.2 litre buffet casserole. I’m not sure how many quarts that is.

    The cream shouldn’t curdle, unless you’re using reduced fat cream.

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