Chocolate Chicken Casserole

If you are a coq-au-vin fan you will love this! The chicken comes out incredibly tender and the dish has a deep, rich flavour. Be careful how you present it to your children though…I think mine thought they were being served a piece of chicken with chocolate on the side….there was great disappointment!!!  🙂

2 tbsp dark chocolate (70% cocoa content) – finely chopped
1 chicken in pieces
2 tbsp olive oil
2 medium-sized onions
2 cloves of garlic
3 rashes of streaky bacon
3 large carrots
Some sprigs of thyme
A few bay leaves
250ml red wine
250ml water
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp corn flour and a bit of water to thicken
  • In an oven proof casserole dish, heat 1 tbsp oil and fry onion, garlic and bacon for a few minutes
  • In a separate pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and brown the chicken pieces
  • Add chicken and rest of ingredients to casserole dish and bring to light simmer

  • Put a lid on and place in oven – 150C – for 2 hours
  • Once cooked, remove from oven and place chicken pieces on a separate plate
  • Season and thicken sauce by mixing corn flour with water in a cup and stirring into casserole
  • Replace chicken pieces.
  • Serve with brown rice, vegetables or potatoes