Check out this awesome recipe for Coq En Vin from Wild Thyme with chef, Allison Davis!

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Coq Au Vin

Total Time: 1 hr 30 min                   Prep: 20 min                       Cook: 1 hr 10 min             Yield:3 servings

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Ingredients
4 ounces good bacon or pancetta, diced
1 (3 to 4-pound) chicken, cut in 8ths
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound carrots, cut diagonally in 1-inch pieces
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4 cup Cognac or good brandy
1/2 bottle (375 ml) good dry red wine such as Burgundy
1 cup good chicken stock, preferably homemade
10 fresh thyme sprigs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 pound frozen small whole onions
1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, stems removed and thickly sliced
Directions
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove the bacon to a plate with a slotted spoon.

Meanwhile, lay the chicken out on paper towels and pat dry. Liberally sprinkle the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. When the bacon is removed, brown the chicken pieces in batches in a single layer for about 5 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Remove the chicken to the plate with the bacon and continue to brown until all the chicken is done. Set aside.

Add the carrots, onions, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper to the pan and cook over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the Cognac and put the bacon, chicken, and any juices that collected on the plate into the pot. Add the wine, chicken stock, and thyme and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just not pink. Remove from the oven and place on top of the stove.

Mash 1 tablespoon of butter and the flour together and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. In a medium saute pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and cook the mushrooms over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until browned. Add to the stew. Bring the stew to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Season to taste. Serve hot.

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Lyssa joined the ABC 36 team in 2017 as Co-Host on Midday Kentucky, but she has been a part of the extended ABC 36 family for years… as the wife of Doug High, ABC 36 Anchor! Lyssa is now the host of ABC 36 Hometown Tours which features different places to eat, shop, and explore through out Central Kentucky! Hometown Tours airs every month on Good Day Kentucky, but you will still see Lyssa on Midday from time to time when she co-hosts the show. Originally from the small town of Willard in Northwest Ohio, Lyssa graduated from Kent State University with a Theatre degree. She and Doug moved to Lexington in 2000 following her spending 3 years in Nashville, pursuing a singer / songwriter career. A 12-year run in pharmaceutical sales came next, along with a family… two sons, Jackson (12) and Harrison (8). Lyssa has amassed a diverse on camera TV resume. She was the on camera commercial spokesperson for Legacy Nissan for several years and hosted a local car sales program for them. Corporate and commercial work for clients such as Sam’s Club…. Lyssa has acted in a Star Wars fan film, been a Disney paid extra in the major motion picture Secretariat (Don’t blink! She’s in the yellow dress in the stands at Keeneland) and most recently appeared in Doug Highs KET / PBS documentary on Lexington’s notorious Victorian era Madame, Belle Brezing. She has even appeared as a contestant on The Price is Right! (Yes, she did kiss Bob Barker, but do NOT bring up the Showcase Showdown!) Lyssa loves living in Lexington with her family and is a diehard Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan. She strongly believes in community service and after 9/11 the High’s responded: Doug joined the U.S. Navy Reserve and Lyssa trained the family Labador as an auxiliary Search and Rescue Dog, assisting Scott County Emergency Management for nearly 10 years. She brings to Midday Kentucky an often-missing and important perspective in the daytime local TV – Talk landscape, as a 40-something married, working mother.