What To Serve With Coq Au Vin: 13 Irresistible Sides

September 24, 2021
what to serve with coq au vin

Get the best ideas for what to serve with coq au vin – from roasted green vegetables to braised French style lentils, there’s something here for everyone! 

Coq au vin is a traditional French dish, made with chicken, wine, bacon, mushrooms, and garlic. It’s a steaming hot bowlful of comfort, and it’s perfect when served on a rainy day when you really need something hearty and wholesome. 

Before you get cooking though, it makes sense to think about the side dishes that you’ll prepare. 

Here are thirteen absolutely delicious ideas for what to serve with coq au vin… 

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1. Garlic infused mashed potatoes 

There’s something that’s just so satisfying about a mouthful of creamy mashed potato with that beautiful, wine infused sauce of a coq au vin! 

To make things a little more interesting, try garlic infused mash. 

Roast whole garlic cloves in the oven until soft and squidgy, then remove from their skins, finely chop, and stir through your mash whilst still piping hot. That roasted garlic flavour brings so much to the meal, and it’ll even be popular with those who tend to think that mash can be a little boring. 

mashed potato

2. French fries 

You’d struggle to find a more popular side dish for coq au vin than French fries! 

Okay, so they might not actually be French, and are more American in origin, but they’re still absolutely delicious. 

Bake until crispy and golden, and serve with salt and vinegar. 

french fries

3. Boiled new potatoes 

Boiled potatoes are easy to source and prepare, and they’re also super tasty. 

Boil them with the skins on for ease and extra comfort, and serve them with a knob of butter and a scattering of fresh herbs. 

If they’re currently in season, try to get hold of some Jersey Royals. They’re the best potato for the job, and you’ll find them to be deliciously earthy, nutty, and sweet. 

minted new potatoes

4. Buttered pasta 

Buttered pasta is a traditional side dish for coq au vin, and it’s an offering that you’ll often find in French homes and bistros. 

I personally like to stir the pasta right through the main meal, so it’s covered in the tasty sauce and you get a wonderful combination of flavours with every mouthful. 

buttered pasta

5. Wild rice 

If you’ve never eaten wild rice before, you’ve really need to give it a try! 

It has a chewy texture, and it has around 30% less calories than brown rice, and 40% more protein. It also contains more fibre, potassium, and zinc, making it a popular choice with people who like to ensure they’re eating healthily. 

It’s worth noting that wild rice typically takes longer to cook than its white and brown counterparts, so make sure you refer to the packet instructions. 

wild rice

6. Fried wild mushrooms 

There’s something so special about a side portion of beautifully earthy wild mushrooms. Experienced foragers might feel confident finding their own, though if you’d prefer to err on the side of caution, you can usually pick them up at local greengrocers and farmers markets. 

Cook in unsalted butter with a clove of garlic, and dress with lemon juice. 

wild mushrooms

7. Roasted green beans 

A lovely simple option for what to serve with coq au vin is roasted green beans. 

This fresh green beans recipe includes olive oil, lemon, garlic, and capers. It’s fancy enough to be served at a sophisticated dinner party or for a special occasion, though it’s easy enough to make on a weeknight after a busy day at the office. 

It just goes to show that the simplest of ingredients can make something really special when they’re prepared with a little love and care. 

roasted green beans

8. French style peas 

French style peas are prepared by cooking peas, bacon, onion, and lettuce. 

The smokiness from the bacon and the slightly sweet onion bring lovely flavours to the party, though they’re still subtle enough to allow the peas to be the star of the show. 

This side dish for coq au vin works particularly well in spring, when pea pods are in season and are absolutely delicious. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love snacking on them throughout the day, as well as cooking with them! 

french peas

9. Spinach with roasted garlic 

Roasting garlic in olive oil allows the flavour to shine without it becoming too overpowering, and it adds a fantastic twist to a wilted spinach side dish. 

Just briefly cook the spinach, fry the garlic, and combine before cooking together for just a minute or so over a low heat to allow the flavours to combine. 

This is a much lighter and healthier way to prepare spinach than cooking with cream, for example, and it’s a lovely option for what to serve with coq au vin. 

spinach with garlic

10. Honey glazed carrots 

Sweet, honey laced carrots are a tasty accompaniment to any kind of stew or casserole based main course, and coq au vin is no exception. 

Cut into bitesized chunks, and stir fry in a hot pan for around 5 minutes, or until starting to soften. Next, place in a roasting tray, drizzle with oil, and bake in the oven for around 25 minutes. Add a dollop of honey and mix through for the final 5 minutes of cooking. 

This method ensures that the carrots are throughly cooked through, and that the honey doesn’t burn during the process. 

honey carrots

11. Braised French lentils 

Let’s return to another authentically French side dish! 

The key here is to make sure that you pick up French lentils from the supermarket. They’re a variety of green lentil, but what sets them apart is their slightly darker hue and smaller size. 

They hold their shape extremely well, and this makes sure that they retain their shape and don’t turn into mush during the braising process. The flavour is also earthier, with a deep nuttiness, which many people think makes them every more special. 

Check out my favourite recipe for braised French lentils. It’s wholesome, comforting, and any leftovers can be frozen or used to create a quick salad the next day. 

french lentils

12. Oxo roast potatoes 

Roast potatoes are one of my ultimate side dish choices, and a delectable option for what to serve with coq au vin. 

If you haven’t already, I really recommend trying my Oxo roast potatoes recipe. The result is roasties that are satisfyingly golden and crisp on the outside, beautifully fluffy on the inside, and have a delicious savoury flavour. 

slimming world oxo roast potatoes

13. Crusty French bread 

A stick of French bread is a must when you’re serving coq au vin, as it’s so good when dipped into those rich juices! 

If you’ve got the time, bake your bread from scratch and serve with some salted butter. 

It’s rustic, it’s simple to prepare, and it’s a real crowd pleaser. This is the kind of combination that I like to offer when I know I’ll be feeding a crowd, and I don’t want to spend all my time slaving over a hot stove. 

french bread

What do you like to serve with coq au vin? 

Do you like to go for a simple side like some crusty bread, or do you like to spend a little more time prepping a French inspired recipe such as braised lentils? 

I love hearing about your adventures in the kitchen, and the meals that you and your family love the most. 

Please do leave a comment below and share your ideas! 

the best sides for coq au vin

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