Weight Watchers (But Doesn't Taste It) Coq Au Vin 16 WW Points

Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I LOVE this recipe. Had it for years in one of my WW recipe books but never made it til after a friend served it at a dinner part one night and I've not stopped making it since! This is 16WW points per serving and can be done in the crock pot, on the hob or in the oven. 04-Aug-07. Following one of the reviews I just wanted to note that, while this recipe can be made with chicken breasts (I have done it this way on many occasions also) it does lose a lot of flavour compared with using chicken thighs. And if you're not doing WW or watching your weight at all then you can get even more flavour by using chicken thighs with the skin on.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dry fry bacon for approx five minutes until the bacon turns crispy.
  2. Add the chicken thighs and shallots to the pan and cook for five minutes, sealing the chicken on all sides.
  3. Add the mushrooms, stock, wine, bay leaves, tomato puree and seasoning.
  4. Stir well and bring to the boil.
  5. 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.
  6. Sift the flour into the pan and stir well until the sauce thickens slightly.
  7. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Most Helpful

Delicious! I made a few small changes for our personal preference- I used turkey bacon instead of pork bacon. I also used tomato paste rather than puree. I browned the chicken with the shallots and bacon the night before and then cooked all ingredients (less flour) for 8.5 hours on low in my crockpot. When it finished cooking, I put the crockpot on high for 15 minutes and added a couple of tablespoons of corn starch instead of flour to thicken gravy. Great!

Brooke's Kitchen January 23, 2010

I went full on with the chicken thighs and I can't really imagine the dish without them. I recommend using the crockpot method all day on low to break them down, but the flavor is amazing. I fry the thighs hard in the bacon grease, both sides, before adding the shallots (another must-have). My only addition is a clove of garlic and my only change is tomato paste vs puree. An outstanding dish for winter.

L2E770 October 04, 2009

A regular in our house. Keep to the list of ingredients as the mushrooms, shallots , red wine and bay leaf all work together. Do not overcook and I use stovetop or frypan for 45 min covered on low. I have used the corn starch for thickening Great with mashed potatoes

Chez 4411 chef December 21, 2014