What to drink with cheesy, saucy, yummy Chicken Parmesan.
Pictured: Simply Parmesan Chicken [Photo by Traci-in-Cali]
With this dish, the chicken is your canvas. You’re painting it with tomato sauce, cheese, herbs, and breadcrumbs. So for the most part, drink what you’d drink with a delicious cheese pizza. Nothing too fancy.
Try an inexpensive Barbera or Sangiovese (Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina, or Rosso di Montalcino, for example) or a Montepulciano.
The sauce delivers acidity and some sweetness. The cheese brings the fat. Wines like Barbera and Sangiovese can match the acidity and keep tabs on the richness, too.
Here, Chef John’s aiming for something a little different. He holds back on the sauce and aims for a crisper crust on the chicken. The crispy crust and de-emphasis on sauce means you could, if you like, branch out into white wine territory. Stay true to the Italian whites, with a Soave, or try an inexpensive sparkling wine (maybe a rosé). Or stick with the Chianti.
One word. Bubbles. This version is completely sauceless. It’s kind of an Italian-American version of fried chicken…only, you know, it’s baked. And you know what goes great with fried chicken? Sparkling wine. Even if you top it with tomato sauce, you won’t be disappointed you went the bubbly route.
A Few Wines To Look For
If you can get your mitts on this Barbera in a box, do it. It’s about $30 (for 3 Liters, the equivalent of four 750ML bottles), and a Barbera bargain at twice the price. A terrific all-purpose house wine.
A Chianti Classico from Luiano for $15.
— Costco Wine (@CostcoWine) December 26, 2014
A Sangiovese for about $16.
— Jon Thorsen (@ReverseWineSnob) March 30, 2015
Costco has its own label of very inexpensive Chianti Classico.
— Lucha Vino (@luchavino) March 16, 2015
This list from The Fermented Fruit includes several bottles of Chianti Colli Senesi for under $20
— The Fermented Fruit (@TheFermtdFruit) February 27, 2015
A popular Chianti Classico from Castello di Monsanto for $18.
— Costco Wine (@CostcoWine) May 22, 2014
One more Chianti Classico from Basilica Cafaggio that goes for $10 at Costco.
— Costco Wine (@CostcoWine) March 1, 2014
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