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Chicken with morel mushrooms and wine sauce

A Fine Wine and Chicken Pairing

Which wine with chicken? Which chicken with wine?

This is one special chicken dish. Morel mushrooms are top of the line. The chicken used was a Poulet de Bresse, France's best chicken. Let's hope that the wine was up to the challenge. Let's hope that it didn't chicken out.

Choosing a Wine to Match Your Chicken Dish

At the risk of repeating myself, while chicken is a "white" meat many of the suggested pairings are with red wines. Depending on the dish, sometimes the proposed reds are powerful ones. But if you feel like a white wine, there still are plenty of suggested chicken dishes. And guess what, you don't have to follow these "rules." As always, you may take into consideration the spicing, the accompaniments, and sauce, if any. Enjoy! Whether you select your wine or your chicken dish first, check our tables to get a great match that brings out the best in the chicken and the wine. There's nothing like the right wine and food marriage.

Wine chicken information guide icon The following table presents food and wine pairing information, sorted by chicken dish. When you click on any chicken dish a new page pops up telling you more about that dish and providing additional wine suggestions. Wine chicken information guide icon

Chicken Dish Recommended Wines
Barbequed Chicken Beaujolais, Chenin Blanc, Riesling
Chicken Cacciatore Chianti, Nebbiolo, Zinfandel
Chicken Curry Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
Chicken Kiev Burgundy (White), Riesling
Chicken Stir Fry Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris (Alsace), Riesling
Chicken Tetrazzini Chianti, Viognier
Coq au Vin Barolo, Burgundy (Red), Ribera del Duero
Fried Chicken Beaujolais, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
Roast Chicken Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot


Wine chicken purchase guide iconThe following table presents wine and food pairing information, sorted by wine, rather than by chicken dish. When you click on any wine a new page pops up telling you what you need to know about that wine. This short page makes specific purchase recommendations, usually in three price ranges. Wine chicken purchase guide icon
WineWine Type Recommended Chicken Dish
BaroloPowerful Italian Red Coq au Vin
BeaujolaisFruity French Red Barbequed Chicken, Fried Chicken
BeaujolaisFruity French Red Roast Chicken
Burgundy(Red)Classic French Wine Coq au Vin
Burgundy(White)Classic French Wine Chicken Kiev
Cabernet SauvignonRed Variety Roast Chicken
ChardonnayWhite Variety Roast Chicken
Chenin BlancWhite Variety Barbequed Chicken, Fried Chicken
ChiantiItalian Red Chicken Tetrazzini, Chicken Cacciatore
GewurztraminerWhite Variety Chicken Curry, Chicken Stir Fry
Merlot Red Variety Roast Chicken
NebbioloRed Variety Chicken Cacciatore
Pinot Gris (Alsace)White Variety Chicken Stir Fry
Ribera del Duero Classic Spanish Red Coq au Vin
RieslingWhite Variety Barbequed Chicken, Chicken Curry
RieslingWhite Variety Chicken Kiev, Chicken Stir Fry
Sauvignon BlancWhite Variety Chicken Curry, Fried Chicken
ViognierWhite Variety Chicken Tetrazzini
Zinfandel Red Variety Chicken Cacciatore




For my food pairing experiences with French wine read

My French wine articles

For my food pairing experiences with German wine read
My German wine articles

For my food pairing experiences with Italian wine read
My Italian wine articles


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