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Red Wine-Braised Chicken with Couscous

Braising (slow cooking in liquid over low heat) causes tomatoes to break down and absorb other flavors in the chicken dish. Capers, olives, tomatoes, and wine create a rich, salty-sweet sauce.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2002

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces chicken, 1/2 cup sauce, and 1/2 cup couscous)


  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 chicken breast halves, skinned
  • 2 chicken drumsticks, skinned
  • 2 chicken thighs, skinned
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups Merlot or other fruity red wine
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped seeded peeled tomato
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • 3 tablespoons capers, rinsed
  • 2 cups hot cooked couscous
  • Flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional)


Place garlic in a small saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes. Drain; set garlic aside.

Sprinkle chicken with pepper. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 10 minutes or until browned, turning once. Remove chicken from pan. Increase heat to high; add wine to pan. Cook until reduced to 1 cup (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in garlic, drumsticks, thighs, broth, tomato, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Add breast halves; cover and cook 20 minutes, turning chicken after 10 minutes. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.

Increase heat to medium-high; add olives and capers to pan. Cook, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return chicken to pan, turning to coat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Serve with couscous. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 466
  • Calories from fat: 27%
  • Fat: 13.8g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 7.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.4g
  • Protein: 54.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 28.8g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 154mg
  • Iron: 3.6mg
  • Sodium: 946mg
  • Calcium: 62mg

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Red Wine-Braised Chicken with Couscous Recipe