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Keto Coq Au Vin Recipe

Louise | May 8
Keto Coq Au Vin Recipe #keto

Stop telling yourself you can’t make anything fancy. This Keto coq au vin recipe is a fine introduction to French cooking.

What is Coq Au Vin?

Whether you’ve never had this dish before or you’re a little rusty on your French, this recipe probably requires a bit of background.

Coq au vin is French for “rooster with wine”. Various legends surround the dish, but there seems to be little consensus as to its true history.

It was a signature dish of Julia Child and earned a spot in her famous cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

How to Make it Keto

Coq au vin is pretty Keto-friendly even in its original format, but there are a couple of things I’d recommend doing differently.

First, Julia Child would have made this dish with a few tablespoons of flour. Nothing wrong with that — unless you’re on a ketogenic diet.

To make it Keto, it has to be flourless. It does not need a substitute like almond flour to finish it off and tastes just fine without it.

The other major deviation is that this recipe does not contain butter. Coq au vin recipes out there are pretty divided on whether this dish requires butter or not, so I have no qualms about leaving it out.

I prefer to create dairy-free recipes since so many people are sensitive to dairy. Many times I will substitute ghee, but you can make this coq au vin without it.

Julia probably would have cut up her own chicken, but realistically most people aren’t going there. Using whole drumsticks saves you time and effort, and keeping the skin on adds fat and flavor.

What to Serve With It

You’re making a big impressive French meal, so you don’t want to disappoint with your side dish. Here are some of my favorite sidekicks to chicken and wine.

If those don’t catch your eye, this post has no shortage of delicious suggestions.

How to Get Started on Keto

Keto can be tough in the beginning, but there’s a secret you should know. There’s more than one way to get started.

Not only that, but there may be a different way to reach your goals that’s easier for you. Whether you’re just starting Keto, or you’re a veteran that wrestles with sticking to it, I’ve got some insights and approaches that may help you succeed.

Check out this post on the best way to get started on Keto. Once you read all the options, you can decide what approach will work best for you.

Keto Coq Au Vin Recipe #keto

Keto Coq Au Vin Recipe #keto

Keto Coq Au Vin Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Entree
  • Cuisine: French


A Keto take on this French classic.


  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (1000 g), with skin on
  • 3 1/2 slices (100 g) of bacon, chopped
  • 1012 baby onions (660 g), peeled and left whole
  • 18 white button mushrooms (180 g), halved
  • 3 garlic cloves (9 g), peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Brandy (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) of dry red wine
  • 1 Tablespoon (17 g) of tomato paste
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of chicken stock
  • fresh thyme (1 g), leaves picked
  • 1 sprig rosemary (1 g)
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick pan and fry the chicken drumsticks until the skins are golden and crispy. Remove the chicken using tongs and set aside.
  2. Add the bacon to the same pan and fry until crispy. Remove using a slotted spoon and set aside – allowing all the rendered fat to remain in the pan.
  3. Add the onions and mushrooms to the pan and cook in the rendered fat until caramelized. Add the garlic towards the end of frying the onions and cook for one minute.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the red wine and optional Brandy. Cook until there is no moisture left in the pan.
  5. Whisk the tomato paste into the chicken broth, then pour into the pan. Add the thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf to the pan.
  6. As this point, return the bacon and chicken drumsticks to the pan. Bring the mixture to a low simmer, then cover the pan with a well-fitting lid. Cook for 30-35 minutes on the stove to ensure the chicken cooks through. Use (clean) tongs to carefully remove the chicken pieces from the pan and set aside to keep warm.
  7. Remove the lid and heat the sauce over moderate-high heat until it reduces by two-thirds.
  8. Return the chicken to the pan, covering with the sauce. Serve warm with your favorite side.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs:  7 g


  • Calories: 235
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 17 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.