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Yes, believe it or not, chicken can taste delicious when marinated and cooked in red wine. Mixing the red wine with onions, mushrooms, and a few choice herbs gives the dish a savory, earthy flavor.
This recipe is essentially a modern update of a classic French dish that was developed more out of necessity than anything else. French farmers of modest means didn’t really have the plump hens that we have now, back in the day, and what hens they had, they mostly had to keep for egg-laying, so they had to figure out a way to make rooster palatable. They had plenty of wine, onions, and mushrooms to work with, so giving the rooster a good lather of all of that and slowly braising it over a smoky wood fire seemed like a good idea. The resulting great flavor was, you could say, a happy accident.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Saveur
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