Red Wine Chicken Potjie

Red Wine Chicken Potjie (Stew)

SA’s favourite potjie (stew) twist on a French classic: Coq Au Vin. Red Wine Chicken Potjie adds fire and local wine to create this winter dish.




  • Chicken and Poultry
  • Soups and Stews
  • Soups, Stews & Potjies


  • South African



Prep Time

30 minutes

Cooking Time

2 hours


  • Olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 5 garlic gloves, grated
  • 6 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 30ml (2 Tbsp) tomato paste
  • 15ml (1 Tbsp) smoked paprika
  • 10ml (2 tsp) ground coriander
  • Pinch of chilli powder
  • 2 whole chickens, portioned
  • 1kg potjie potatoes
  • 500g butternut cubes
  • 500g button mushrooms
  • 3 x tins peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml (2 cups) good quality red wine
  • 500ml (2 cups) chicken stock
  • Parsley, to serve
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a large cast iron potjie over a moderate heat with a dash of olive oil.
  2. Sauté the onions, garlic and carrots for about 4-5 minutes until soft and fragrant.
  3. Add the tomato paste and spices and fry, stirring for another minute.
  4. Place the chicken portions into the potjie and brown slightly. NOTE: a potjie is not meant to be stirred for the duration of cooking. It is all about the layers.
  5. Place the potjie potatoes on the chicken, followed by a layer of butternut cubes.
  6. Next layer is the mushrooms – leave them whole to shrink and absorb the amazing flavours of the sauce.
  7. Mix the tinned tomatoes, wine and chicken stock and pour the mixture in the potjie.
  8. Season to taste.
  9. Place the lid on the potjie and allow to gently cook on a low to moderate heat for about 2 hours.
  10. You can open the potjie to check the liquid quantity and adjust with wine or chicken stock and adjust the temperature if necessary. But never stir the potjie.
  11. Once the 2 hours are up and all the veggies are soft you can open the lid and reduce the sauce if necessary.
  12. Taste and adjust seasoning according to your preference.
  13. Garnish the potjie with parsley and serve with your favourite cooked rice or mashed potatoes


  • What if you don’t have red wine? Try these red wine alternatives:

    → Use a thicker stock with a dash of red wine vinegar, or balsamic vinegar, or even a bit of chutney!

    → Simpl Juice pomegranate & apple juice or grape juice

    → Rugani Juice beetroot juice

    → De-alcoholized Red Wine

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