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  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins prep
  • 80 mins cook

Freezer-friendly coq au vin pie with cheesy potato topping

Coq au vin pie

A classic French favourite gets a modern twist in this coq au vin pie recipe. Serve this potato-topped dish hot from the oven or freeze and enjoy later when you want a home cooked dinner in a snap


  • 8 chicken thigh fillets, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup seasoned flour, plus 2 tbsp extra
  • 100 g butter, chopped
  • 4 rashers rindless bacon, sliced
  • 300 g button mushrooms, trimmed
  • 12 shallots, peeled, trimmed
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp thyme leaves, plus extra to serve
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 750 g potatoes, finely sliced
  • 3/4 cup grated gruyère cheese
  • salad leaves to serve


  1. Preheat oven to hot, 200°C.
  2. Toss chicken in seasoned flour, shaking off excess. In a large saucepan, melt 25g butter on high. Cook chicken in 2 batches for 3-4 minutes each until well browned. Transfer to a plate.
  3. In the same pan, sauté bacon for 3-4 minutes until crisp. Drain and set aside.
  4. Melt another 25g butter in same pan. Sauté mushrooms, shallots and garlic for 3-4 minutes until beginning to brown.
  5. Stir in extra flour and cook for 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring, until it boils.
  6. Return chicken to pan with stock, bacon, thyme and tomato paste. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes until sauce thickens. Transfer to a 3-litre casserole dish.
  7. Place potato into a bowl. Melt remaining butter and add to potato with cheese, tossing well. Season and arrange over chicken mixture.
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes until topping is golden, tender and crisp. Sprinkle over extra thyme and serve with salad.

This recipe first appeared in Woman's Day.

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