I found a proper french recipe for Coq au Vin once a few years ago and decided to give it a try. In the end though it took a great deal more work than my mom's and wasn't nearly as good. You see, my mom has an amazing coq au vin recipe- its super easy (so she made it a lot) and the meat just falls off the bones.
Its also really easy to personalize the recipe, making it whatever you want it to be. For a family of four, she always just used a whole chicken, cut into pieces. I usually just do chicken thighs, or boneless chicken breasts. I've also made this in a crock pot and it worked really well. Here, I decided to add onions, carrots, and mushrooms- transforming it into a one pot dinner.