I know! I know! Coq au Vin is made with wine, but if I had called this dish Coq au Lazy Bird Brown Ale it wouldn’t have made any sense to anyone! Jimminy, that doesn’t even make any sense to me!
More on that
craziness inspiration later. More importantly, how was your weekend? Did you get some time to relax? Did you do anything fun?
We stayed in most of the weekend, but did venture out Saturday for a bit to get some groceries and run some errands. Not all that exciting, but we had a quiet Sunday at home and as always, y’all will be relieved to know that I’m finally caught up on General Hospital. BTW – have you seen Making a Murderer? Or listened to the Serial podcast? Jeeze. #imsodisturbed. No spoilers here.
Anyhoo – this chicken. It was actually Chris’s idea. Birdsong Brewing here in Charlotte had a cookbook/recipe competition back in the fall (I think?) and Chris suggested making a Coq au Vin style dish only using their Lazy Bird (get it? hehe) Brown Ale instead of wine. Done. And Done.
Only I totally forgot about the competition and missed the deadline, so you won’t be seeing this recipe in Birdsong’s cookbook. Ooops.
Caq au Vin is a dish that takes some time. We spent last week focusing on easy weeknight meals, but now we’re back to cooking with beer and dishes that take a while are important too. Besides, it’s Monday. Let’s start this week out right with some beer!
Note: We served this over mashed potatoes
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
Hats off to Chris! This dish sounds delicious Rachelle! Looks like some perfect comfort food to me!
Thanks, Mary Ann!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
Making a Murderer is on my list to watch! And lazy weekends are always the best. This dish looks SO good, Rachelle! I love that you used ale in here. So creative and looks perfect for a Monday!
You totally have to find a lazy weekend and watch it Gayle! Thanks!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Haha, I think the alternative title would have definitely got people to click on it.
We binge watched Making a Murder recently. I was sad when it finished, as it was gripping.
Definitely gripping, Dannii!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Yay to chicken twinning. Except my chicken involves no booze, so you totally win! Love this spin on Coq au Vin, Rach! Your bird looks seriously tasty, and like you should have invited me over to devour this with you. 😉 Too bad you missed the deadline for the competition, because I know you would have killed it and landed in that cookbook with this chicken! We didn’t do anything that interesting over the weekend, and I haven’t seen making a murderer YET, so thanks for not spoiling it! Cheers, love bug! Xo
Cheers twin! You know you are welcome here any day of the week, girl! And you really have to watch it – I think I may actually go back and watch it again!
Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
Lazy Bird brown ale is a perfect way to cook a bird 🙂 Looks like a great comfort food! I haven’t made coq au vin in years, that reminds me to do it again!
Thanks Melanie! I’m glad I could remind you to make it again!
Bacon and brown ale — how could this be anything but amazing??
Thanks, Sue! Beer makes everything better! 🙂
You have totally started the week right…with this beer! And Coq au Vin..Oh my – so creative! I say you would have won that contest and we’d be reading all about this in their cookbook – you need to remember the deadline next time! And yes, I watched a few episodes of Making a Murderer and quite frankly I had to stop watching – that kind of stuff infuriates me to the point where, well, I have to stop watching. Grrrr.
Thanks, Annie! Maybe they’ll have another one and I’ll remember to enter before the deadline! I totally get it. Believe me. Grrrr.
karrie @ Tasty Ever After
Damn! You and Chris better simmer down over there, whooping it up the way you did this weekend. Grocery store shopping and buying a donut pan?!? All in one weekend? WHAAAAATTT???? Y’all gonna get kicked out of NC for being too rowdy. If you do get kicked out, please move up here to NH and make this yummy, upgraded coq au vin for me. Yes, I’ve seen Making of a Murderer. J and I watched the whole series one weekend in a 36 hour netflix-a-thon. After watching the first few episodes, we literally could not sleep until we watched all of them. Good stuff!
Right?!?! We are some wild animals over here! It’s too cold up there, so if you want this bird you need to pack up that pimped out camper and bring it down here! I’ll bring the beer! I can see how you could totally binge on that series. Jeeze.
Keri @ Fashionable Foods
This coq au vin looks FAB! I caught up on General Hospital this weekend too! I still have to watch Making a Murderer. It’s on my list!
Thanks, girl! And woo-hoo to another GH fan! Morgan Corinthos. Jeeze.
Using beer instead of wine is some kind of brilliant. You’ve gotta hand it to Chris. I wish Kenny would help me brainstorm recipes!
I’m very jealous of your lazy Sundays. Ours are always packed with stuff to do. Hate Sundays!
Girl, you have so many babies you won’t have a lazy Sunday until you’re in your 70’s! 🙂
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
Way to go Chris! You totally get all the credit for this delicious dish, but Chris does get some kuddos for a brilliant idea! You two make a good team! Now about those deadlines…you could have totally won!!!
Thanks, Kathy! Maybe I’ll remember to enter next time! My feller is one smart dude. 🙂
I always tell people that Making a Murderer is a great show to watch if you really want to bum yourself out. ???? It’s also a great show to watch if you want a crash course in Midwestern accents.
I can’t believe how hungry I am after ready this post! This looks spectacular. And I’m not missing the wine at all. Delish.
Yeah, man. That show….. Thanks, Amanda!
Dawn at Girl Heart Food
Beer, bacon & chicken?! YUM! I’ll have some of that! Love the beer twist on this classic dish 🙂 Great way to mix things up!
Thanks, Dawn! You can’t go wrong with beer, bacon, and chicken!
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
This looks absolutely delish, Rachelle. Love the use of beer instead of wine.
Thanks so much, Anu!
Your weekend sounded perfect, love lazy Sundays! This coq au vin looks like the perfect Sunday meal too! Love the beer twist!
Lazy Sundays are the best! Thanks, Kelly!
Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom
Ha! I kinda like ‘Coq au Lazy Bird Brown Ale’, sounds like something I would call it 😛 But you’re right… Lazy Bird Brown Ale Coq Au Vin does give a better picture 😉 In any event, this dish looks and sounds incredibly delicious! I can practically see how juicy and tender it is! Sounds perfect for a lazy weekend meal!
Great minds think alike! I’m glad you’re with me on what we should have called it! 🙂
Chris is a genius! The brown ale I’m sure gives this bird a great flavor. I can’t wait to try it.
Ha! He’s a total genius in so many ways! We got lucky to benefit from the chicken! Thanks, Z!
Ive been meaning to watch Making a Murdered for all of February! Ahhhhhh! Dang though, this Coq Au Vin looks so hearty! Im literally drooling!
Dude. Get some blood pressure meds if you do! You will be all kind of upset! But no spoilers here.