Which Wine Goes With Chicken Pairings, Part 2

It can be quite worthwhile to spend a little extra time, and perhaps a little extra money to match your wine and food. Chicken Kiev consists of boned chicken breast pounded and rolled around cold unsalted butter, then breaded and fried. It is also known as Chicken Supreme. And it is supreme. Some add garlic and even cheese or vegetables to the butter. Many say that this dish actually originated in France and was transported to Russia and the Ukraine relatively recently. The classic wine pairings for Chicken Kiev are white Burgundies and Riesling. You Imight also consider a a Gewurtztraminer or an unoaked Chardonnay.

Chicken Stir Fry is easy and fairly quick to prepare. You might even buy cut up vegetables to save time and energy. Make it almost any way you want, the chicken picks up the flavors. The classical wine pairings for Chicken Stir Fry are Gewurtztraminer, Alsatian Pinot Gris and Riesling. Among other good choices are a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc or Sparkling wine from California.

Chicken Tetrazzini is an American dish. It is based on diced chicken in a heavy butter or cream sauce with mushrooms and well-cooked stock vegetables such as onions, celery, and carrots. It is served over spaghetti or macaroni. Almonds are another popular ingredient. Classic wine pairings include Chianti and Viognier. Or you might consider a Chardonnay.

Coq au vin (French: “rooster in wine”) is a fricassee of rooster cooked with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and optionally garlic. Older roosters are thought to be the best because they contain a lot of connective tissue, which makes for a richer broth. Be sure to cook the rooster in the wine you are serving. Traditional wine pairings for Coq au Vin include Italian Barolo, red Burgundy, and the Spanish Ribera del Duero. You might also want to try a Zinfandel, a Cabernet Sauvignon, or a Beaujolais Cru.

Fried Chicken is usually breaded prior to frying. It is deep fried, pan fried, or pressure fried. It might be a good idea to remove some of the breading which absorbs the chicken fat and cooking oil. Classic wine pairings for this popular dish include Beaujolais, Chenin Blanc, and Sauvignon Blanc. Other good choices include a Zinfandel, Sparkling wine, Chianti, or an Italian Valpolicella.

Roast Chicken is best made with birds under 8 months old that weigh about 3.5 to 5 pounds (about 1.6 to 2.3 kilograms). If you feel up to it, make a nice stuffing and baste away. Chicken being chicken you may choose from a wide variety of spices and accompaniements. Among the traditional wine pairings for roast chicken are Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot. You might also consider an Italian Dolcetto, a French Cotes du Rhone, or a Pinot Noir.

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