Low Calorie and Delish, Coq au Vin


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This is a wonderful low calorie, low fat version of the French classic chicken dish!  The French pronunciation is kɔk o vɛ̃.  It’s so easy and straightforward. I’ve served it many times and everyone loves it!  My skinny version uses white wine instead of red wine, which creates a lighter tasting sauce and is cooked on the stove top instead of the oven. Each serving has 255 calories, 4 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. It smells so wonderful while cooking and is truly a gourmet treasure.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


1 pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into 2-inch chunks

A little salt and pepper

1 tablespoon flour

2 teaspoons olive oil

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced in half

1 cup baby carrots

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 cup white wine, see shopping tip

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

3 sprigs fresh thyme

1 cup frozen pearl onions

1 cup frozen peas


1. Add chicken chunks to a bowl. Season with a little salt and pepper and toss with flour.

2. Coat a large, nonstick pan with cooking spray. Add chicken, brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

3. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil. Saute mushrooms, carrots and tomato paste over medium-high heat. Cook 3 minutes.

4. Add wine and broth and deglaze pan. Continue to simmer for about 8 minutes until liquid is reduced by half. Add thyme sprigs and chicken. Simmer for 5 minutes.

5. Stir in onions and peas and simmer for about 3-5 minutes more, until onions and peas are heated through.

Makes 4 servings (about 1½ cups for each serving)

Food Facts

This classic French dish, when literally translated, means “rooster with wine.” In days past, farmers kept roosters for breeding purposes until they were several years old, which necessitated long slow cooking to tenderize them for eating. To accomplish this, the rooster was cooked slowly with mushrooms, onions, bacon, herbs and red wine.


Shopping Tip
No need to use an expensive bottle of white wine for this dish.  I usually buy a very inexpensive wine such as Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wine. It’s known as the Two Buck Chuck!

Serving Tip

Serve this dish over ½ cup of mashed potatoes. Try my
Dreamy, Dairy Free, Skinny Mashed Potatoes


Weight Watchers SmartPoints 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5
Weight Watchers (old points) 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about 1½ cups)
255 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 31g protein, 15g carbs, 4g fiber, 374mg sodium, 5g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
217 calories, 1g sat. fat, 2g sugar, 29g prot.

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37 Responses to “Low Calorie and Delish, Coq au Vin”

  1. Joyce Says:

    This recipe sounds wonderful, but we do not use alcohol at all. Do you think it would be just as wonderful with chicken broth?

  2. admin Says:

    Yes Joyce, a reduced-sodium chicken broth would be great to use instead of the wine. Enjoy!
    Best wishes,

  3. Laura Says:

    When I entered this into the Recipe Builder on the WW website I came up with 9 points plus per serving. Wondering if I entered something incorrectly? Just worried because I made it last night and it’s almost double the points value that I thought.

  4. admin Says:

    Hi Laura,
    When I did the calculation it’s 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS per serving. I’ve been using a very popular site to do calculate the points. Here’s the link to the site I use, http://www.calculatorcat.com/free_calculators/weight_watchers_calculator.phtml
    I hope this helps.
    With best regards,

  5. Stefanie Says:

    I rarely trust the WW Recipe Builder…it always takes things I have the nutritional info for and raises the points. Also, if I put in 3 zero point foods and a 3 point item (and claim 1 serving) it says it’s 6 points. I can understand giving some pointage for a zero point food, but 3 points?? I don’t trust it!

  6. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing this Stefanie. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

  7. Indera Says:

    What kind of white wine did you use?

  8. admin Says:

    Indera, I usually use just a very inexpensive (cheap) bottle of white wine. Mostly a Chardonnay that I buy at Trader Joe’s known as their “2 buck Chuck!”

  9. katies language cafe Says:

    This looks delicious! thanks for sharing this at Katies Language Cafe’s weekly recipe link up this week!~~Katie p.s. i will be sharing this post on my facebook page this week!

  10. admin Says:

    Wow Katie, thanks so much. I’ll look for it on your facebook page. Thanks for hosting each week!

  11. katies language cafe Says:

    The new recipe link up goes live today. This was one of the three featured recipes linked up. please stop by, add a new recipe to this week’s link up (or two!) and pick up your “I was featured” button for your sidebar if you want! ~~Katie

  12. admin Says:

    Wow Katie! I’m so happy to see you featured my recipe, Low Calorie and Delish, Coq au Vin on your website. Thanks so very much. You made my day!
    Wishing you all the best,

  13. Jeanne Says:

    Have you tried this recipe with red wine?

  14. admin Says:

    I haven’t Jeanne but I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t taste yummy. If you give it a try, I’d love to know how it turned out!

  15. Christina Says:

    About the white wine: it says “see Shopping Tip” but I don’t see that on this page, or is it your comment about TJ’s 2 buck Chuck. Can you clarify? Thanks!

  16. admin Says:

    Oops…Christina, thanks for letting me know! I just added this to the recipe:

    Shopping Tip
    No need to use an expensive bottle of white wine for this dish. I usually buy a very inexpensive wine such as Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wine. Known as the Two Buck Chuck!

  17. Christina Says:

    No worries! I figured that’s what you meant! Looks and sounds delish.

  18. admin Says:

    Thanks Christina…Enjoy!
    All the best,

  19. Miz Helen Says:

    Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  20. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Miz Helen. Have a great week!
    Best wishes,

  21. Kristi Rimkus Says:

    This looks fantastic and easy to get on the table too.

  22. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Kristi…Enjoy! 🙂

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  24. Jane G. Says:

    One of the few vegetables that I don’t like is peas – what would you suggest as a good substitute? I’m thinking maybe broccoli or snow pea pods , maybe asparagus if in season – don’t want to change the balance of flavors too much. My girls have traveled around the world and have developed very sophisticated palates, so a special thank you for making a low-fat version of a classic French dish so I can feed them in style 🙂

  25. admin Says:

    Jane, any of the vegetables you mentioned would be great. Be sure to chopped them into small pieces. Or, you could add some frozen corn or even edamame.
    How lucky your daughters have sophisticated palates. So fun for you when experimenting in the kitchen!
    Best of luck.

  26. Jane G. Says:

    They literally have both traveled all over the world! So I mean it quite sincerely when I thank you for creating truly delicious “skinny” recipes, since these world travelers have sometimes over-indulged and need to eat “skinnier” when they are at home 🙂 We’ve done Weight Watchers, lost some weight, and now want to eat healthy and well to maintain our loss. I really like cooking with wine – sherry, white and red wine, etc. – and appreciate any ‘skinny’ recipes that include it as a flavoring agent. Again, I (as well as so many others, I’m sure) appreciate all the time and effort you put into revising recipes to make them skinnier without losing flavor. Thank you!!

  27. Carol Cassara Says:

    I knew there was a reason I had chicken breasts thawing in the fridge.

  28. Barbara Feldman Says:

    Frozen pearl onions? I will have to try those. I hate peeling (boiling!) those damn little onions . Thanks! 🙂

  29. admin Says:

    Me too Barbara. That’s why I love this terrific find!

  30. admin Says:

    Good timing. Enjoy your dinner Carol!

  31. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing Jane. I love hearing your story.
    And…You made my day!

    Have fun skinny cooking!
    My very best,

  32. Dan from Platter Talk Says:

    Awesome skinny preparation of one of my favorite chicken dishes; thanks for sharing this one!

  33. peter @feedyoursoultoo Says:

    Really like how you lightened this up and it still looks great.

  34. admin Says:

    My pleasure. Thanks Dan!

  35. admin Says:

    Thanks Peter!

  36. Dorota | HappyForks.com Says:

    It looks delicious and easy to do. I would try this with red wine. Dry red win isn’t more caloric than dry white wine. The sauce would be more heavy as you’ve wrote, but red wine has much more antioxidants. It’s the secret of French healthy heart and blood system.

  37. admin Says:

    You could easily use red wine instead of white Dorota.
    My best,

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