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Drizly Guide | Top Wines To Pair With Poultry

Chicken is the chameleon of the kitchen, so at the risk of having a Bubba Gump moment lets just say there are endless ways to cook up chicken. From complex dishes like paella, to the simple staples like fried chicken there is a chicken recipe for every level chef, and a wine to pair with every dish. Chicken is a protein staple for many cultures, therefore the recipes you can create are all over the culinary map. To help keep things simple, we've decided to breakdown the best wines to pair with poultry into four basic profiles.


We broke down four categories of wine and how they pair with America's favorite protein...chicken. Cheers friends.
Spicy Dishes | Sweet White Wines

While there's nothing wrong with the classic beer & buffalo wings combo (read: Best beers to pair with poultry) a chilled glass of a sweet white wine is just as great to help to cut that heat and cool your palate. A sweet white wine like Moscato is perfect to pair with bold peppery spices that you will find in sauces like Sriracha or buffalo sauce. Serving up an ice cold glass of white wine will not only chill out your tastebuds, but wines like Riesling are typically lower in alcohol so you can put down a few glasses with your spicy meal without regretting it the next morning.

Best sweet white wines to pair with spicy chicken dishes:

Tomato Based Chicken Dishes | Light Red Wines

If you're from an Italian family, chances are you're well versed in the 'gravy' vs. 'sauce' debate. No matter what you call it, there's nothing better that a glass of wine with a rich tomato based dish. That's because when it comes to tomato based chicken dishes like Chicken Cacciatore you're going to want a light red wine like pinot noir to help balance the natural acidity of tomato. A light tart red wine will help tame the sharp tomato acid but also won't get lost in the rich cheese flavors in something like chicken parmigiano.

Best light red wines to pair with tomato based chicken dishes:

Fried Chicken Dishes | Medium Red Wines

Thanks to the recent popularity of dishes like Chicken & Waffles, fried chicken dishes are no longer reserved just for the bar menu. Classic fried chicken is typically served on the bone with a thick crispy layer of breading and pairs well with a smooth red like Merlot. Some lighter variations of fried chicken like those with a panko crust would fair well with a balanced red wine like Tempranillo which is known for its delicate balance of fruit and earth flavors. So next time you're looking for what to serve with your fried chicken dinner (extra points if it's homemade) don't be afraid to skip the beer fridge and look in the wine cabinet for one of these medium red wines.

Best medium red wines to pair with fried chicken dishes:

Sweet Chicken Dishes | Off-Dry Wines

Apricot Chicken, Pineapple Chicken Stir-fry

Best off-dry wines to pair with sweet chicken dishes:

Wine Recipes & More

Lemonade Spritzer

Lemonade Spritzer

  • summer

A light low-calorie cocktail, this Lemonade Spritzer has less than 120 calories. Ideal for daytime drinking this recipe is quick and easy to mix up a large batch for entertaining.

Rose Limonade

Rose Limonade

  • spring

If spring were to have a flavor this would be it. The blend of bubbly rosé and fresh lemonade with a hint of floral lavender makes the Rosé Limonade the perfect cocktail for sipping on a bright spring day.