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Coq au Vin

Note: This recipe is especially for pregnant and breastfeeding women, but it can be a nutritious part of almost anyone's diet.

Prep time: 60 minutes, including cook time


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp. olive or canola oil
  • 10 oz. dry red wine (cabernet or burgundy; see Note)
  • 10 oz. beef broth
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. catsup
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Whisk cornstarch into beef broth; set aside.
  2. In nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Make sure oil is hot before browning chicken.
  3. Brown chicken on all sides: 2 minutes on each big side, 45 seconds on each thin side.
  4. Reduce heat to low and season chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook an additional 5 minutes per side.
  6. Add wine, beef broth/cornstarch, catsup, thyme, bay leaves, and garlic. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, covered. Sauce will thicken slightly.

Makes: 4 servings

Serving size: 1 chicken breast + sauce

Nutritional analysis (per serving):
262 calories
36 g protein
5 g fat
1 g sat. fat
6 g carbohydrate
82 mg cholesterol
518 mg sodium
32 mg calcium
2 mg iron
9 mcg folic acid

Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.

Note: Alcohol from wine contributes 49 calories (7 g alcohol/ serving). Alcohol boils off during cooking, but alcohol-free red wine can also be used as a substitute.

Why this recipe is good for pregnant or breastfeeding women:

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, B6, and niacin, which are important during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: May 2009

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