Here’s a quick version of Coq au Vin, a red wine-braised chicken-and-vegetable stew that usually takes the better part of an afternoon to make. Serve with herbed mashed potatoes and green beans.
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 bone-in chicken breasts (about 12 ounces each), skin removed, trimmed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 4 ounces mushrooms, quartered (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 2 large carrots, thinly sliced
- 1 small onion, halved and sliced
- 1 teaspoon crumbled dried rosemary
- 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup dry red wine, preferably Zinfandel
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
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- Place flour in a shallow dish. Cut each chicken breast in half on the diagonal to get 4 portions about equal in weight. (Two will be smaller but thicker, the other two larger but thinner.) Sprinkle the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and dredge in the flour. Whisk water with 2 tablespoons of the leftover flour in a small bowl; set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add the chicken. Cook, turning once or twice, until lightly browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
- Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan; reduce heat to medium-low. Add mushrooms, carrots, onion and rosemary and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Add broth, wine, tomato paste and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir until the tomato paste is dissolved. Bring to a simmer.
- Return the chicken and any accumulated juice to the pan. Cover, reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring once or twice, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 165°F, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a serving plate.
- Increase the heat under the sauce to medium-high. Stir the water-flour mixture, add it to the pan and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Serve the chicken with the sauce, sprinkled with parsley.
Per serving: 288 calories; 10 g fat (2 g sat, 6 g mono); 68 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 28 g protein; 2 g fiber; 641 mg sodium; 623 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (125% daily value), Potassium (19% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (other), 2 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat