Chicken in Riesling

Chicken in  Riesling or Hong am Reisleck is a Luxembourgish fricassee of chicken pieces braised in wine with mushrooms.
Chicken in Riesling

Chicken in Riesling

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Chicken  in Riesling is my recipe of the day with the blogging  group Eat the World. Each month we visit a new culinary region and share our best recipes from there.

This month the recipes are from Luxembourg and I am sharing Chicken in Riesling, a Luxembourgish chicken fricassee also known as “Hong am Rèisleck” which means exactly- chicken in riesling.

Chicken in Riesling

Chicken in Riesling (also known as Hong am Rèisleck as I said in Luxembourg) or Coq au Riesling (France) depending upon the cuisine which prepares it. It is an Alsatian dish of the general region.

Some  cuisines call  this type of dish  chicken fricassee. And although that dish  is a braised chicken piece recipe with a sauce that is made into a stew as well, not all of those recipes necessarily include  wine.

On the wine  front, you may be more familiar  with Coq au Vin from  France. And while “vin” alludes to wine, that one is pretty much made with red  Burgundy wine.

The Coq au Riesling which is close to  this recipe is made with riesling, a white wine from the mountainous alpine regions around Luxembourg, Alsatian France and Germany.

Luxembourg recipes  might seem to be difficult  to obtain, but that is pretty much because  most of them are written in  German. However, dipping  into  recipes for Coq au Riesling I could  find recipes in English.  So I  have borrowed inspiration from those, particularly the one by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. This amazing chef of the alpine French  region is quite well known  for his skill. I would be tremendously surprised if you have not heard of him.

So I took some pointers from his recipe and then headed off on my own  as I usually do to have some fun in the kitchen.  Join me, will you?

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Chicken in  Riesling

Chicken in Riesling

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Chicken in  Riesling

Chicken in Riesling

Sue Lau
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine European, Luxembourg
Servings 4


  • long fireplace match


  • 3-1/4 pounds bone-in chicken thighs
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 ounces fresh mushrooms (quartered)
  • 1 cup diced shallot
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons cognac
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Riesling white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • Season chicken with salt and black pepper.
  • Brown on all sides in a mixture of butter and olive oil; set aside.
  • Add mushrooms, shallots, garlic and thyme to pan and brown shallots.
  • Remove pan from heat source; add cognac to pan and ignite with a long match, standing back and allowing several feet for flames to rise to avoid fire risk.
  • When the flames subside, stir in the flour to coat the vegetables.
  • Add the riesling and chicken broth to the pan and bring to a boil, stirring.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the heavy cream.
  • Nestle the browned chicken pieces on top and place in the oven.
  • Bake, covered, for 45-60 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve chicken and sauce with or over noodles, spaetzle, polenta, or potatoes.


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6 responses

  1. What a wonderful dish for the event and I happen to have a bottle of Riesling on hand! Love all those flavors and it looks amazing over the bed of pasta.

  2. Your ‘fun in the kitchen’ produced a pretty amazing looking dish, loaded with great flavours. Looks extra tasty served over the noodles. This would be a great meal for entertaining.

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