The best wines to drink with chicken

Discover how to match chicken recipes with your favourite wines. Our wine expert talks through the characteristics of bottles and explains how to pair them with popular chicken dishes.

Wine being poured at a dinner table

Wine expert Henry Jeffreys works with the BBC Good Food team to collate our exclusive BBC Good Food Wine Club cases. Read about the flavour profiles of various bottles, and get some inspiration for pairing wines with chicken recipes.

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Wine pairing at a glance: 

Oaked chardonnay food pairing: Roast chicken 
Viognier food pairing: Chicken curry
Gavi food pairing: Risotto
New Zealand sauvignon blanc food pairing: Stir-fry
Australian semillon food pairing: Chicken pie 
 

How to match wine with chicken 

Best wine to serve with roast chicken – oaked chardonnay (white)

Roast chicken with herbs on a wooden board
Buttery, unctuous roast chicken needs a wine of similar stature, which is why an oaked chardonnay works so well. You can expect melon and herb flavours from the wine, plus a buttery finish. 
Serve oaked chardonnay with lemon and thyme butter-basted roast chicken with gravy


Best wine to serve with chicken curry – viognier (white)

Thai green chicken curry in a bowl
Viognier is often slightly off-dry, and that tiny amount of sugar tempers the heat of a Thai curry, which would destroy bone-dry wines. 
Serve viognier with Thai green chicken curry


Best wine to serve with chicken risotto – gavi (white)

Chicken and mushroom risotto in bowl with cutlery
If you’re ever stuck for a wine match, look at where a dish is from and drink accordingly. Gavi comes from the heart of Italian risotto country, Piedmont, and works well with a lighter rice dish. Expect flavours of pear, almond and stone fruit from the wine.
Serve gavi with chicken & mushroom risotto 


Best wine to serve with chicken stir-fry – New Zealand sauvignon blanc (white)

Cashew chicken stir-fry
The bright green flavours of a stir-fry cry out for a wine of similar verve, and no wine has quite as much punch as a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, which sings with green pepper, pink grapefruit and tropical fruit. 
Serve New Zealand sauvignon blanc with cashew chicken stir-fry


Best wine to serve with chicken pie – Australian semillon (white)

Chicken leek and cider pie in dish with corner cut out
A chicken pie with a creamy filling needs a wine with a similarly creamy texture. Australian semillon has the most delicious round texture, but with enough limey acidity to stand up to the fat in the pastry. 
Serve Australian semillon with chicken, leek & cider pie 

 

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