The Best Chicken Ever – Quick Coq au Vin

Quick Coq au Vin

From EatingWell

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.

4 servings, 1/2 breast & 3/4 cup sauce each | Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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; 28 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 641 mg Sodium; 623 mg Potassium


Like Wow. This recipe was amazing. It was the recipe I’d been eluding to all week in my complaining about meal planning. I bought the chicken over the weekend with the intent of making this recipe because it sounded so good. Then once I got the chicken and skimmed the directions I just groaned…I procrastinated because I thought it was complicated and time consuming. It really wasn’t. I’m glad I decided to suck it up and just MAKE it!

I was sure to get the chicken breasts with the bone in it still. To be honest I was really skeeved out about that. Michael and I are both ex-vegetarians. Neither of us are fans of eating meat on a bone (ribs, T-bone steak, etc). In fact we usually choose cuts of meat that are boneless to avoid the whole thing. I wanted to follow the recipe to a T so I got the bone-in chicken. It was really gross touching it, peeling the skin off and cutting through the bone to cut the chicken in half. Oh well. If I’m going to eat meat I have to be able to do this stuff, right?

While I prepped the chicken Michael chopped the onions and carrots.

I also measured out all the liquids to make sure I was prepared before we started cooking.

I was in charge of dredging the chicken in the flour and Michael was in charge of cooking the chicken in the skillet (something that scares me).

Michael browned the chicken in the skillet and then took the chicken out to cook the vegetables.

After the vegetables were softened and lightly browning I added the liquids to the skillet and the tomato paste.

Then added the chicken to it. Let it simmer, covered until the chicken was the right temperature. While it was cooking (maybe 10-15 minutes?) I made us salads: baby spinach, 1/2 a serving of Craisins, broccoli, oil and balsamic.

Michael added the water/flour mixture to the skillet. Supposedly that would thicken up the sauce but it didn’t really do that. I was starting to have doubts about the recipe and whether or not dinner would be a total fail. I also realized that the recipe suggested it be served with mashed potatoes (I only had 1 sweet potato in the house–not really the same thing). I started to feel bummed that we’d spent so much time on it and it wasn’t going to be good. Boy was I wrong.

The above photo is what it SHOULD have looked like…a nice thick glaze and sauce. Looks amazing right? Mine didn’t quite look like that but believe me, it tasted great.

It was more brothy than thick but it tasted wonderful. The wine and the cooked vegetables were amazing. I really did love the broth. Next time I make this I’ll add a little more flour to hopefully thicken up the stew part but the recipe was still great.

The chicken? Michael took one bite and said to me, “This it the best chicken we’ve ever made.” I hadn’t had a bite yet so I quickly did to see if I agreed. I did. It was THE best chicken we’ve done, second would be this one. The meat was soft and tender, not dry in any way, and the broth was so flavorful. I finished eating and despite being full I wanted seconds. I didn’t have seconds, but boy did I want some….

I wonder if the recipe really needs bone-in chicken or can I use boneless chicken breasts?

Verdict: WINNER! Winner Chicken dinner!

QUESTION: Have you ever made this recipe the traditional way? How did it turn out?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

9 thoughts on “The Best Chicken Ever – Quick Coq au Vin”

  1. Ok Lisa, here’s the deal. I don’t like chicken. But, I have been trying to incorperate it into our diets more (because it is leaner and healthier). I am always in desperate need of what to do with chicken. Otherwise it gets grilled on the griddle and served with steamed veggies. This does look yummy though. And, I made the crockpot chicken you posted about a few weeks ago, it has since became a weekly staple around our house (goto chicken meal). While chicken still isn’t my favorite, I am warming up to it. All that to say, keep the chicken recipes coming and thank you for sharing!
    One more thing, in my experience as a cook, rarely will you get what you make to look like pictures from a cookbook or website. But with sauces and gravys, if it isn’t browning or thickening up to suit you crank your heat up a little. Do it gradually so you don’t go to far. And possibly a smidge more oil when browning your bird. 🙂

    1. Christi I’m with you. Chicken has never been my favorite. I find that I’ve always overcooked it because I’m freaked about it being undercooked…then it’s just dry and flavorless. This recipe wasn’t that way though and I’m warming up to chicken too. If you haven’t checked out my favorite chicken recipe give it a try!

  2. One thing I know: if you don’t bring a sauce to a full boil after adding flour it won’t thicken anything. You don’t have to boil it for any length of time…it just has to get that hot.

  3. Oh, and judging by how shiny the sauce looks in “their” picture, I would bet money that they added a little cornstarch either with or instead of the flour. Cornstarch thickens at a much lower temperature than flour. You could try adding a teaspoon of cornstarch with the 2 tablespoons of flour.

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