You can’t go out to restaurants and you’re running out of ideas for meals. You need something to complement the ever growing collection of Italian wine that you’re building up now that you’ve discovered Xtrawine.
Well…let’s be honest…
It’s looking more like a collection of empty bottles at this point. But there are still a few left and you can always get more.
You just need a new recipe to make your next meal a little more interesting.
And we have the perfect one for you. Best of all, it allows you to combine your Italian white wine and food to amazing effect.
We’re talking about chicken in Italian white wine sauce. Chicken is a staple for most people because of the amazing amount of protein that it offers. And with a good white wine sauce, you add just a little bit more flavour while giving yourself a nice buzz to go along with it.
Chicken in Italian White Wine Sauce
Let’s jump straight into what you need for the recipe.
Before we get started, we’d just like to give credit to Mon Petit Four. They came up with this gorgeous recipe for you to try out.
The version shared here takes about an hour to prepare and cook. Any by the time you’re done, you’ll have enough to serve six people, which is more than enough for any family meal and may even leave you with a few leftovers to enjoy later.
Here’s what you’ll need before you get started:
- Six pieces of chicken. Ideally, it will still have the skin and be on the bone. However, the specific cut of chicken doesn’t matter at all.
- About half a bottle of Italian white wine.
- A couple of bacon strips, which you should chop up.
- Four slices cloves of garlic.
- A diced onion
- A sliced carrot
- Three-quarters of a cup of heavy cream, which you’ll use when making the sauce.
- A couple of tablespoons of olive oil.
- A little bit of parsley, which you’ll use as a garnish.
- Some French bread to serve alongside the main meal.
As we mentioned, this meal will take about an hour to bring from the cupboards to your table. Thankfully, the recipe itself is pretty easy to follow. This is what you need to do.
Use some kitchen role to pat dry every piece of chicken. Add a little salt and pepper to both sides of the chicken piece as you do.
Place the chopped bacon into a pan and cook it over a medium flame until the bacon gets crispy. Remove the bacon and place it on some kitchen role. Keep the pan though, as you’ll need it for the next step.
Add one tablespoon of olive oil to your pan and place every piece of chicken into it, skin-down. Cook the first side of each piece for about five minutes over a medium flame. Flip the pieces over and cook the other side for the same amount of time. The chicken should become crispy and brown.
When ready, remove the chicken from the pan and store to the side.
Add the rest of the olive oil to the pan, alongside your diced onion. Cook over a medium-low flame for a couple of minutes. The onion should soften and become translucent. When that happens, add your garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add a tablespoon or so of white wine while using a spoon to scrap up any pieces of bacon that got stuck to the pan.
Place your chicken back into the pan and add half a bottle of Italian white wine, alongside your carrot. Ideally, the wine should just about reach the top of the pieces of chicken. If it submerges them, your pan may be a little too small.
Keep the flame at medium-low, place a lid on the pan, and leave to cook for 35 minutes.
Once the 35 minutes passes, remove the lid and add your cream to the pan. Stir it in slowly and then add some salt and pepper. Again, stir until the ingredients are well mixed.
Increase the heat to medium-high and allow the mixture to simmer away for about 10 minutes. As this happens, use a spoon to scoop some of the sauce over the chicken pieces.
Remove the pan from the flame and leave to the side as you garnish your dishes with fresh parsley.
Serve up the chicken, adding some of the bacon bits to each dish. Add a slice of crusty French bread and you’re done. Six servings of chicken in white wine sauce that you and your family are sure to love!
The Final Word
So, you have your tasty meal.
Now, you just need to find the right wine to go along with it.
It’s definitely a good idea to stay in the Italian white wine arena with this dish. You could try a mild red, but it’s likely to clash with the wine that you used for cooking. Plus, the main richness of the dish comes from the bacon, which may not be powerful enough to complement a red wine properly.
As for the type of wine, we recommend trying something with a little fizz, like a Prosecco or an Asti.
The reason is that the cream of this dish ends up fairly thick. And while it tastes amazing, you may want a wine that refreshes your palette as well as one that tastes great with the dish itself.
Of course, the standard white wines, such as Chardonnay work well here. Plus, you could try drinking the same wine that you used when making the dish. After all, you only used half a bottle.
You need to drink the rest!
Whatever your choice, we’re sure that you’ll adore this meal. And if you need a bottle of Italian white wine to make it, we’re here to help. Just check out our huge selection and we’re sure you’ll find something that you like.