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coq au riesling on a white plate with grapes

Coq au Riesling

French Coq au Riesling or tender chicken legs smothered in a creamy white wine sauce with mushrooms and grapes.
Course Poultry
Cuisine French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 765kcal
Author Adina


  • 1 onion about 60 g/ 2 oz
  • 200 g/ 7 oz cremini mushrooms See note 1
  • 4 chicken legs about 250 – 300 g/ 8.8 – 10.5 oz each
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 400 ml/ 13.5 fl.oz/ 1 ¾ cup Riesling
  • 125 ml/ 4.2 fl.oz/ ½ cup heavy cream
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz white grapes
  • fine sea salt and white pepper
  • some fresh parsley


  • Chop the onions and set them aside. Clean the mushroom with kitchen paper, slice them. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet or pan, one which has a lid. Cook the chicken legs until nicely browned on both sides, about 4 minutes on each side.
  • Add the chopped onions and cook, stirring often, for about 2 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and stir for about 2 minutes. Add the Riesling.
  • Sprinkle the chicken legs with salt and white pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover, turn down the heat, and simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the chicken legs are cooked through and tender. Remove the chicken legs from the sauce and keep warm while you finish the sauce.
  • Let the sauce cook on medium-high heat, uncovered, until reduced by half, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the cream, turn the heat down and let bubble gently for about 2 minutes until slightly thickened. Adjust the taste with salt and white pepper.
  • While the sauce cooks, halve the grapes if very large. Heat the remaining ½ tablespoon butter in a pan. Add the grapes and roast for about 2 minutes, stirring often.
  • Return the chicken legs to the pan with the sauce, add the grapes, stir gently around the chicken legs.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley just before serving. Serve as suggested above.



White button mushrooms would be fine as well.


Serving: 1chicken leg with sauce | Calories: 765kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 379mg | Sodium: 794mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g