Healthy coq au vin

Hi everyone! I know it’s cliché to start off a blog post by saying this… but TGIF! I feel like my days this week have been so long. Take yesterday for example:

I was up at 5:50 am to go to the gym where I did 30 minute on the elliptical plus 20 minutes of weights. Then I raced home to shower and eat this delicious stove top apple and raisin oatmeal.

oatmeal nut butter

Afterwards I headed to campus for 9.5 hours of group meetings, paper-writing, and class. Such a long day meant I needed to bring lots of food with me:


Luckily it was super easy to pack my meals for the day thanks to leftovers. From the bottom: an Enjoy Life apple caramel bar, protein power bowl leftovers, a pear, leftover brown rice, chopped veggies, and finally leftovers from the dish I gave you a sneak peak of over the weekend: coq au vin!

Healthy coq au vin

For all of you non-French speakers, “coq au vin” means chicken in red wine sauce. My dad used to make this dish for us all the time was a kid and I actually hated it back then. But lately I’ve been craving it, so I got my dad’s recipe and whipped up my own version over the weekend.

healthy coq au vin

Coq au vin

Serves 4-6

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 small cooking onions
1/2 cup chopped celery leaves
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/8 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp rosemary
1 bay leaf
10 oz. can of chicken consummé
1/2 cup red wine
1/4 lb white mushrooms, sliced
2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley + extra for garnish

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

In a shallow bowl mix together the flour, salt, paprika and pepper. Then cut the chicken breasts into halves and coat the chunks in the flour mixture. Then heat up the butter and olive oil in a large skillet and brown the chicken. Set aside for the time being.

In the same pan, saute the onions and celery until the onions are translucent. Then add in the celery leaves, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes, then add the rest of the flour mixture, the consummé and the red wine. Transfer this mixture to a baking dish and add in the chicken.

Bake for 45 minutes then add in the mushrooms and parsley. Pop it in the oven for another 15 minutes then serve warm with rice.

healthy coq au vin

This dish not only tasted comforting, but it also brought back so many memories of eating my dad’s home-cooked dinners while gathered around the table as a family. It’s nice to have that little reminder of home as I’m eating my leftovers out of a container while writing a paper all alone at the library!

What meal reminds you of your childhood?

What foods did you dislike as a kid, but like now?


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14 Responses to Healthy coq au vin

  1. Good heavens that looks good. So many yummy herbs! Meal that reminds me of my childhood: Chicken Marsala bc my Grammy always made it for me. :) I used to haaaate peas as a child but now I'm obsessed. Happy Friday!

  2. That looks so good! It sounds really fancy but seems simple enough to make – aka: right up my alley.When I was little, I hated anything to do with tomatoes (exception being ketchup). So I hated spaghetti, lasagna, pizza (what kid hates pizza? I was weird). But now my lasagna recipe is one of my absolute favourites. In fact, craving it a little bit now!

  3. can I just say I love how much of a morning person you have become. also, it is nice to see a blogger who knows what REAL portions are. lovely meals girl!

  4. That coq au vin does sound really comforting, and it looks delicious :) When I was little, I pretty much hated all vegetables aside from raw carrots, potatoes, corn, and peas. I didn't like anything that was too herby or spicy, so my poor mom had a pretty rough time cooking for me lol. I did love her buttermilk pancakes though, as well as a sweet and sour chicken stir fry that she always made. That's one meal that will definitely always remind me of my childhood.

  5. This looks so good and perfect for fall and winter! I'd feel so fancy making it too!

  6. Ali

    Yum! That looks like it would hit the spot on any chilly day! My favorite childhood meal is my mom's plain and simple pasta with meatballs and parmesan. Love. I used to hate avocados and carrots but I love em now!

  7. Coq au vin is soo good. Lovely recipe! I take so much food with me to work its laughable. But what can I say, I like my food hehe.

  8. Oh man does that sound/look good!!Fresh corn on the cob always reminds me of my childhood–I used to eat it SO much. I think I "corned" myself out though, I can't stand it now! I guess I got sick of it haha ;DEnjoy your weekend girl!

  9. What a gourmet meal! Plus the name makes it sound even more exquisite and advanced ;)I used to hate salmon and white fish when I was younger, obviously love it now

  10. Yum, this looks scrumptious! You always create awesome meals. Oh man, I used to hate every single veggie and fruit (except bananas and peas) as a kid and now I just about love every single fruit/veggie except for peas or bananas ha ha, completely opposite now! Funny how things change.

  11. When I head off to work I am there for 9.5 hours so I know exactly what you mean about packing a load of food for long days. Left-overs would be great though I need to start making extras so I have more :)This recipe looks delicious!

  12. Oh my gosh does that look good! My mom used to make a chicken and gravy dish served over cornbread…a family recipe always referred to as "Chicken Stuff"…and I used to HATE it as a kid, but now it's one of my favorite comfort foods! Roast beef with carrots and potatoes or chicken pot pie always makes me think of my childhood! Ahhh, just thinking about them now makes my mouth water! I almost always request one of the two for my birthday dinner each year! :D

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