This Hearty Instant Pot Coq Au Vin Blanc is a classic comfort food. A twist on the traditional Coq au Vin (which is made with red Burgundy wine), this dish is made with dry white wine and pairs so well with heavenly Instant Pot mashed potatoes and parsnips.
[July 2018 Update: After receiving comments and suggestions from readers, I’ve recently tweaked this recipe. The quantity of liquid has been reduced from 4 cups total to 2 cups total. Cooking time has been reduced from 15 minutes to 12 minutes. Recipe has been tested with the changes!]
Coq au Vin (pronounced as Kok-oh-van and translates to ‘rooster with wine’), is a rustic French stew traditionally made with red wine – usually Burgundy wine. Coq au vin blanc (white coq au vin) uses dry white wine. As with most of my Instant Pot recipes, this recipe is an adaptation of my stove-top version.
In addition to the white wine, I also use brandy. But if you don’t have brandy on hand, just omit it and deglaze with white wine instead. I like the white wine version of coq au vin better than the red wine version. If you use homemade chicken broth (so easy to make in the Instant Pot), the taste is going to be even better. Here’s a chicken broth recipe from Pressure Cooking Today.
The part of this coq au vin recipe that takes time is the browning of the chicken pieces. You’ll have to do it in a couple of batches because you don’t want to overcrowd the meat, so it can take up to 20 minutes total. But it’s totally worth it – browning seals in flavor and also produces the little brown bits that get incorporated into the stew to add tons of flavor.
If you need to, you can adjust the heat in ‘Saute’ mode. To do this, press ‘Saute’, then press ‘Adjust’ until the heat is at the desired level. If the pan gets too hot while cooking any of the ingredients, turn off the Instant Pot for a couple of minutes until cooled down.
The dish is finished off with a butter and flour mixture to thicken it. Beurre manie (pronounced burr-man-yay) means ‘kneaded butter’ and is a technique used to thicken soups and stews. I mix together butter and flour and drop it into the gravy, a teaspoon at a time. The butter melts and the flour thickens the dish with no clumps.
There are a couple of things you can do to make the dish healthier: use cornstarch to thicken the stew instead of butter and flour, omit or reduce the quantity of bacon, use vegetable oil instead of bacon drippings to fry the chicken and vegetables. I do have to point out that you’ll give up some flavor if you choose any of these alternatives.
One more thing I need to mention: be sure to wash the leeks very well. Leeks tend to have a lot of dirt between the layers. I like to discard the tough darkest green part, cut the remainder into quarters lengthwise, and then into small pieces. I then place them in a bowl of water and use my hands to get the grit off. Once that’s done, I drain them in a fine mesh sieve and run water through it.
Instant Pot Coq au Vin really tastes wonderful when served with Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips.
If you’re new to the Instant Pot and aren’t familiar with how to use it, please read the Instant Pot Manual / Beginner’s Quick Start Guide blog post first and then come back here to learn how to make Instant Pot Coq Au Vin Blanc.
Instant Pot Coq au Vin Blanc Ingredients
Instant Pot Coq au Vin Blanc Step-by-step Instructions
- Press ‘Saute’ and cook bacon until crisp.
- Press ‘Cancel’.
- Remove bacon and set aside.
- (At any point in the cooking process, if the food browns too quickly or Instant Pot is getting too hot, press ‘Cancel’ until the Instant Pot cools down a bit and then press the ‘Saute’ button again. You can also adjust the heat level in ‘Saute’ mode by pressing the ‘Saute’ button followed by the ‘Adjust’ button until desired heat level is reached.)
- Pat chicken dry and rub with salt and pepper.
- Press ‘Saute’ and brown the chicken in batches. Remove and set aside.
- Saute mushrooms and set aside.
- Cook leeks and carrots till leeks are soft, about a minute.
- Stir in tomato paste and garlic and cook till tomato paste begins to change color and/or begins to stick to the bottom of the pan, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Turn off Instant Pot by pressing ‘Cancel.’
- Deglaze with brandy, until almost evaporated, stirring often. (Press ‘Saute’ again if you need to.)
- Stir in chicken, wine, broth, pearl onions and thyme.
- Close Instant Pot.
- Make sure the steam release handle is in the ‘Sealing’ position.
- Press ‘Manual’ (or ‘Pressure Cook’) and ‘+’ or ‘-‘ until the display reads ‘12’.
- Instant Pot display will change to ‘On’.
- Once the Instant Pot is pressurized, the float valve will go up.
- The display will count down from 12 to 0; it will then switch to ‘Keep Warm’ mode and display ‘L0:00’.
- Do a Quick Release: move the steam release handle to ‘Venting’. I like to place a folded towel over the steam release handle and move it to the venting position. Remove the towel after turning the knob.
- When your Instant Pot is depressurized, the float valve will be in the down position.
- Press ‘Cancel’ and open the Instant Pot.
- While Chicken is cooking, make the beurre manie by mixing together softened butter and flour.
- Press ‘Saute’.
- Add in the reserved sauteed mushrooms.
- Drop the butter and flour mixture into the Instant Pot using a teaspoon.
- Stir the coq au vin and simmer until thickened.
- Press ‘Cancel’.
- Top each serving with bacon.
Hearty Instant Pot Coq au Vin Blanc
This hearty Instant Pot Coq au Vin Blanc is a classic comfort food. A twist on the traditional Coq au Vin, this dish pairs so well with heavenly Instant Pot mashed potatoes and parsnips.
- 6 chicken thighs or drumsticks bone-in, skinless
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 4 strips bacon diced
- 2 cups leeks cleaned well and diced
- 1 1/2 cups baby carrots
- 2 cups mushrooms sliced or quartered
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 Tbsp garlic minced
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken broth preferably homemade
- 1 cup frozen pearl onions
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme or 3/4 tsp dried thyme
- 3 Tbsp butter softened
- 5 tsp all purpose flour
Pat the chicken dry, and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
Press 'Saute' and cook bacon until crisp. Press 'Cancel' and remove bacon; set aside.
Press 'Saute' and brown the chicken in batches. Remove and set aside.
Saute mushrooms and set aside.
Cook leeks and carrots till leeks are soft, about 1 minute.
Stir in tomato paste and garlic and cook till tomato paste begins to change color and/or begins to stick to the bottom of the pan, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Turn off Instant Pot and deglaze with brandy, until almost evaporated, stirring often.
Stir in chicken, wine, broth, pearl onions and thyme and close the Instant Pot.
Cook on 'Manual' (or 'Pressure Cook') for 12 minutes.
While Chicken is cooking, mix together the softened butter and flour.
Do a Quick Release of pressure and open the Instant Pot.
Stir in the sauteed mushrooms.
Press 'Saute' and drop the butter and flour mixture into the Instant Pot using a teaspoon.
Stir the coq au vin and simmer until thickened.
Top each serving with bacon.
- If the Instant Pot gets too hot while sauteing the first set of ingredients, turn it off to cool it down every so often.
- Feel free to saute the mushrooms with the other vegetables and let them cook with the chicken. I've done this, and the mushrooms were not overcooked.
I am not a certified nutritionist. I provide my best estimate of nutritional information merely as a courtesy to my readers. If you depend on nutritional information for dietary or health reasons, I suggest using your favorite online nutrition calculator to confirm the nutritional value of this recipe based on the actual ingredients that you use.