Coq au Riesling with Pappardelle and Greens – Tender chicken cooked in a white wine sauce with mushrooms , pancetta and cream.

Coq au Riesling - Tender chicken cooked in a white wine sauce with mushrooms and cream.
What could be better than beautifully browned chicken cooked with two-thirds of a bottle of wine?

Oh I suppose there’s some other good stuff in there – like garlic, cream, mushrooms and pancetta.  But it’s the huge glug-after-glug of wine that makes this Coq au Riesling with Pappardelle and Greens meal what it is.

And that’s flippin’ fantastic by the way.

You can serve it with rice, mashed potatoes, roasties, pasta, or even just a nice wedge of bread. Today I went with pappardelle and a large helping of my favourite green veg – kale (I even use it in smoothies and have it for breakfast now!).

My kids thoroughly enjoyed it too, and afterwards it occurred to me that the sheer amount of wine I put in may not have cooked off.

Should I worry, and google it? or just be prepared with a couple of pints of water and the possibility of a full nights sleep……..

I googled it!

Tsk. You though I was going to enjoy the peace and quiet didn’t you.

It seems that most of the alcohol evaporates pretty quickly, so no danger of over-giddy kids, bouncing off walls before sleeping like a log – a lot like the time my dad accidently gave them a what looked like a regular bottle of orange juice that was actually orange juice with added caffeine!  Who wants caffeine in their juice? Blurgh!

Coq au Riesling - Tender chicken cooked in a white wine sauce with mushrooms and cream.

Anyway, enough talk about my poor children being subjected to evaporated alcohol and caffeine.  Let’s get on with the recipe!

The Coq au Riesling with Pappardelle and Greens Recipe:

5 from 2 votes

Coq au Riesling with Pappardelle and Greens

Coq au Riesling - Tender chicken cooked in a white wine sauce with mushrooms and cream.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken legs thighs and drumsticks attached - or you could do separate thighs and drumsticks and reduce the cooking time by 10 minutes
  • 2 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour gluten free flour blend is fine
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 170 g (6 oz) bacon/pancetta sliced into thin strips
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 leek chopped
  • 6 medium brown mushrooms sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 500 ml (2 cups + 4 tsp) Riesling wine
  • 240 ml (1 cup) chicken stock use vegetable bouillon for gluten free
  • a Pinch of dried thyme
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) double/heavy cream
  • handful chopped parsley
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  • Melt the butter and oil together in a large frying pan/skillet.
    2 tbsp butter, ½ tbsp olive oil
  • Coat the chicken in 1 tbsp flour mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the pan and brown all over (about 4-5 minutes per side), remove from the pan.
    4 chicken legs, 2 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour, Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Add the pancetta to the pan and cook for a few minutes until the pancetta just starts to look golden at the edges.
    170 g (6 oz) bacon/pancetta
  • Add the onions and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
    1 onion
  • Add the leek and mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add in the garlic. Sprinkle on the remaining 1 tbsp. of flour and stir through.
    1 leek, 6 medium brown mushrooms, 2 garlic cloves
  • Add the wine, stock and thyme, stir, then add the browned chicken. Bring to a boil, then then turn down the heat, cover and simmer gently, 35-45 minutes. Check the chicken is cooked by inserting a skewer into the thickest part of the chicken right to the bone. If the juices run clear, it's cooked. If not, put the lid back on a cook for a little longer.
    500 ml (2 cups + 4 tsp) Riesling wine, 240 ml (1 cup) chicken stock, a Pinch of dried thyme
  • Whilst the coq au Reisling is bubbling (about 15 minutes before it's done), cook your pappardelle in boiling water for 8-10 minutes (or according to pack instructions). Drain the pasta in a colander, leaving a couple of tbsp. of water in the pan.
  • Put the pasta pan back on the heat and add the kale. Place the lid on and allow the kale to wilt for 2-3 minutes, then drain.
  • Place the pappardelle and kale in four wide-rimmed bowls.
  • Add the cream to the coq au Riesling, stir, and then serve with the pasta and kale. Top with the chopped parsley.
    120 ml (1/2 cup) double/heavy cream, handful chopped parsley


Nutritional Information is per serving, without serving suggestion of pappardelle and greens.


Calories: 706kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 567mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1095IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.


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  1. Karen Wagg says:

    5 stars
    This was delicious and I will be making again for a ‘french’ evening with friends. Can I freeze the left over sauce and use it again?
    Thank you for your advice Nicky

  2. Julie Garner says:

    Just made this soo tasty went down a treat

  3. Kath says:

    5 stars
    Had this for dinner last night, delicious.

  4. Lokness says:

    YES, wine and chicken! This sounds super tasty! Can’t wait to try!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Lokness, hope you enjoy it 🙂

  5. awholenewtwist says:


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  6. Julie is Hostess At Heart says:

    This does sound flippin amazing! Pinning, tweeting, calling all cars!!!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      heh heh thanks Julie 🙂

  7. Loretta says:

    Phew! You had me worried there for a bit :)). Gorgeous plated chicken, your pictures are awesome too!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thank you Loretta 🙂

  8. thebrookcook says:

    I would have googled it after feeding it to my kids too!! Looks wonderful 🙂

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      It’s a hard one isn’t it! Christmas cake with brandy in, sherry trifle, tiramisu – all these delicious foods laced with booze. I’m pretty sure I ate them all as a kid though!