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Coq au Vin

Since I mentioned this recipe in my post last week, several people have asked for the recipe so I thought I’d publish it here.  It was originally published in a Weight Watchers recipe book from 2002 but as all of my cookbooks are still boxed up following our house move (only 3 months ago!), I found it online here.


  • 75 g streaky bacon
  • 450 g boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 225 g shallots
  • 225 g baby button mushrooms
  • 300 ml chicken stock
  • 150 ml red wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp plain white flour
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh flat leaf parsley (to garnish)


  • Dry fry bacon for approx five minutes until the bacon turns crispy.
  • Add the chicken thighs and shallots to the pan and cook for five minutes, sealing the chicken on all sides.
  • Add the mushrooms, stock, wine, bay leaves, tomato puree and seasoning.
  • Stir well and bring to the boil.
  • Either simmer for approx 1.5hrs on a low heat if cooking on the hob; cover and bake at approx 150c for 1.5hrs if using the oven, or cook in the crock pot on low for approx 8-10hrs.
  • Sift the flour into the pan and stir well until the sauce thickens slightly.  Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Serves 4. 7 Pro Points per serving.

I serve it with mashed potatoes and green beans.

My only advice would be to monitor the liquid content of the dish if you cook it on the hob like I usually do, as it dries out quite quickly.  I have used chicken breasts instead of thighs on one occasion (because my supermarket had run out) and it wasn’t as nice, although it was less points!  The thighs have a much better flavour in my opinion.

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