Chicken Thighs in Red Wine, Slow Cooker

I do have a proper recipe for Slow Cooker Coq au Vin but this is an easy version.

I am seriously getting into easy cooking lately. I actually bought ready-made puff pastry nibbles for our first course last weekend.

I was in the frozen food store picking up scallops for our New Year’s Eve dinner (Coquilles Saint-Jacques) when I wandered through the ‘apero’ (nibbles for drinks) section.

I always buy frozen scallops there as the fresh ones in my fish market come with the coral. I don’t like it so it’s a bit of a waste to pay for it – and it’s expensive for dog food.

And, yes, we have several chains of frozen food stores…..

I digress.

The boxes of prepared, fancy treats to have while sipping a glass of bubbly always looks so wonderful. I’ve never bought any as I simply don’t buy prepared food…. But the combination of the holiday season and me feeling lazy was too much,

I bought a box.

They were beautiful, tiny bits of puff pastry, either topped or filled. Each one was just a bite or two. And they were all perfectly….okay.

I doubt I’ll buy them again, but now my curiosity has been satisfied.

On to the lazy Coq au Vin.

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Chicken Thighs in Red Wine, Slow Cooker

This is not a proper Coq au Vin, but it is a very easy version that tastes almost the same.
Serve with simple boiled, buttered potatoes or pasta.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Slow Cooker


  • 4 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
  • 4 medium shallots, cut in half
  • 1 cup (8oz, 250gr) tomatoes, peeled, chopped, all juices reserved
  • 2/3 cup (5oz, 150ml) red wine
  • 2 tbs tapioca
  • 2 tbs parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa powder, pure cocoa


  • Put shallots into the slow cooker.
  • Add tomatoes, tapioca, parsley, salt, cocoa, and stir combine
  • Top with chicken thighs.
  • Pour the red wine over all,
  • Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, stirring / rearranging chicken once if possible.


I use celery salt but use any you like. The cocoa powder adds a depth of flavor to the sauce but can be omitted if you don’t have it.
You can substitute cranberry juice or apple juice for the wine, or use chicken stock plus 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar. 

Keywords: chicken thighs, red wine, slow cooker

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs in Red Wine

While our sunsets are often brilliant with just a few clouds to show off the color, our sunrises are rarely so.

We usually have crisp, clear, starry nights, but as the sun rises the clouds come in and blanket the ground.

You can see the sun over the tops of the clouds hitting the houses across the valley.

As long as I have to be up with the sun to walk Guapa I may as well enjoy the beauty – and peacefulness.

I can pretend, for just a few moments, that the world is sane and normal and a loving place to be.

4 thoughts on “Chicken Thighs in Red Wine, Slow Cooker”

  1. This dish looks lovely! Definitely one I’ll be making this winter.

    I don’t have the water, but I often have a similar view with the fog that rolls in as the sun rises. I have a few pictures, but wouldn’t have a clue how to post them in the comments. I just know how eerily beautiful it all is and your pictures show it perfectly. 🙂

    • Often, when I’m out with the dog, it starts clear, then it’s like someone is dropping a blanket…. It;s one good thing about those early morning walks lol
      I’m in a slow cooker rut – chicken thighs and pork chops. But we’re happy.

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