Winey Chicken

This recipe is courtesy of Greedy Girl’s Diet: Eat yourself slim with gorgeous, guilt-free food with permission of the author, Nadia Sawalha

I am always keen to try new recipes especially those which are filling yet with not too many calories. My biggest problem with losing weight is that I usually only have to look at food and I pile on the pounds! However, at only 211 calories per serving this recipe from the “Greedy Girl’s Diet” is not only low in calories but absolutely delicious! Tip for busy dieters: Winey Chicken is simple to make AND if you cook enough, as I did, you can reheat the following day and hey presto a “Ready Meal”! I love the little heart croutons (I cut these by hand) and have stored the idea in the old memory banks for next Valentines day.

Winey Chicken
Winey Chicken

Winey Chicken

(211 calories per serving)

½ tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion peeled and very finely chopped
about 100g • 3½ oz button mushrooms halved or left whole
2 tsp tomato purée
small glass of white wine (I said ‘small’!) about 100ml • 3½ fl oz
250ml • 9fl oz chicken stock made from liquid concentrate
4 chicken thighs or breasts (skin removed) sliced or left whole
1 tsp cornflour mixed with a little cold water
sea salt and black pepper
4 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 slices of brown bread
olive oil spray

Heat the oil in a non-stick casserole and fry the onion really slowly until soft but not coloured. If the oil doesn’t seem to be enough, splash a little chicken stock in, too. Throw in the mushrooms and cook for a few minutes, stirring all the time.

Now add the tomato purée and, still stirring, fry for 30 seconds. Pour in the wine and bring up to the bubble, then add the stock and the chicken. Simmer over a really low heat for 25-35 minutes until cooked through. (If you are using breasts, they will take less time – approximately 15-20 minutes – and even less if sliced.)

While the chicken is cooking, make the pretty croutons. Using a cookie cutter, cut the bread into little heart shapes. Spray with oil and fry in a hot non-stick frying pan until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.

Little heart toasts
Little heart toasts

When the chicken is cooked through, take it out of the sauce and set aside on a plate while you thicken the sauce. Whisk the cornflour mixture into the pan and simmer until the sauce thickens.

To serve, put the chicken back into the sauce, taste and season if necessary, sprinkle with the parsley and adorn with your beautiful heart-shaped croutons.


If you like the idea of eating yourself slim do check out Nadia’s book.

Greedy Girl's Diet
Greedy Girl’s Diet

Greedy Girl’s Diet: Eat yourself slim with gorgeous, guilt-free food

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  1. Mmmm lovely! I like the idea that alcohol calories disappear once heated.

    My other no calorie theories are:
    -half a biscuit so go ahead, eat two halves!
    -food eaten straight from the fridge, as in fridge door open, you leaning actually into the fridge
    -food eaten whilst moving, actually moving, not in the car moving.
    -food eaten from Friday evening until Sunday evening
    All no calories. Maybe this is why I will never be a Skinny Minnie.

    Do you find mushrooms easy to come by in the Algarve Piglet? They are a rareity here in central PT and cost the very earth they grow in!

    Oh – can I ask if you can see my blog in your reader? Someone has commented that it is not appearing in theirs and I don’t know how to check other than ask my followers 🙂


    1. Hi Tosta,
      Of course when we drink wine in the sun we heat it up and there are no calories…why did I not think of that? I love your no calorie theory 🙂

      Mushrooms are available in the Algarve but 300g packs range from €1.49 to €1.99 and sometimes more. I usually buy form lidl or aldi, but sometimes pingo doce have them at a good price. They’ve been very expensive here recently so I had to wait to make this recipe. When I see them at the cheaper price I usually buy a couple of packs and freeze.

      Not sure about RSS as I never use it. I always check my emails. How do I check RSS and I’ll check?


  2. WordPress recommended your blog to me, and I loved the name of it so I thought I’d have a look.

    This sounds delicious! And I love the idea of heart-shaped croutons. It’s never occurred to me to make my own croutons…

    I see you also have Sarsm and The Laughing Housewife on your blogroll. The blogging world is small!


    1. Hi bevchen and welcome 🙂 The blogoshere is certainly a small world!
      Trust me this recipe was delicious and I will certainly be cooking it again. Hubby loved it and he can moan for europe when it comes to food.

      The croutons were really easy to make. I just cut the heart-shape with a sharp vegetable knife.


  3. Hmm – both the alcohol and the calories depart when you heat the wine: the croutons just may be a different story – but 211 calories, hmmm 😉 ! Happy Easter!!!!


    1. Hi Eha, my croutons were the size of coins 🙂 and there was one each. Honestly :). I was surprised by 211 calories, but I suppose it depends on the size of the chicken breast pieces. It was delicious 🙂


  4. So if the wine is not included in the recipe it doesn’t count? Love your way of thinking.
    Thanks for snother great recipe PiP.


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