Saturday, 25 January 2014

(Fake and real) Coq Au Vin a la QOTS

Quorn "Chicken Style" pieces are not so good, I wouldn't even go there with the cubed offering - they really are proper minging.  When the pieces are well enough disguised, they actually become a very worthy substitute for those little, pumped with shit chicks! I will be laying this recipe out for real and fake chicken as their are only a tiny few tweeks needed.  This is so easy and tasty it should be banned!  Get that casserole pot or slow cooker ready to work it's magic!


1 large onion roughly chopped
1 carrot thinly sliced
1 large leek thinly sliced (into rings so as easy to seperate slightly)
1 pack of baby mushrooms
1 green pepper
3 cloves of garlic
Several green olives
1 glass of decent red wine (I know, what a waste, but you can drink the rest whilst preparing!)
3/4 pint of Vegetable Stock (or chicken stock)
One bag of fake chicken (or skinless and boneless chicken thighs)
3 Anchovies (or a small pack of pancetta)

2 teaspoons of Herbs de Provence
2 teaspoons of Majoram
3 Sprigs of fresh Rosemary (don't break it up as it needs removing at the end)
Sea salt and black pepper to taste)


  • Soften the onions and peppers in a frying pan using olive oil then add to the pot
  • Seal the Chicken in the same frying pan (for extra flavour - no need for the fake chicken stick it straight in the pot) - add to the pot!
  • Placed the chopped garlic straight in along with all the other vegetables
  • Add your stock of choice
  • Chuck in the anchovies (or pancetta - both ingredients are their to add flavour)
  • Add as many olives as you like, they are a great Mediterranean addition.
  •  Add the stock, red wine and herbs but save the seasoning until ready to serve.
After this, slow cook for three hours or oven bake for around 2 hours on a very low heat.  Open that second bottle of red whilst you wait!

If the dish is a little watery simply thicken with cornflour before serving.

This dish goes well with roast potatoes, mash or on it's own with a french stick!

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