Fried chicken is a summer picnic staple and adding a fiery Latin twist makes it even more flavorful. As children we enjoyed it alongside cold maltas and aguas frescas, but our grownup palates like to pair it with a good glass of wine. Its fun to be a rule-breaker and open a red wine with chicken every now and then, especially if it has a rich crust or side dish. National Fried Chicken Day is celebrated on July 6th and we’re all for firing up the deep fryer and serving your pollo with a healthy dose of Latin flair.
Korean Fried Chicken Wings are a hot and playful combo of Asian and Latin flavors. The rich green apple flavor and full mouthfeel of Frei Brothers Russian River Valley Chardonnay will put out the fire in your mouth without overpowering the tang notes of crispy chicken.
If you’re looking for a lighter version, try Pan Fried Chicken Thighs with cranberry rice salad, and then break the rules a little with a red wine from Rioja. Ramon Bilbao Crianza is lightly oaked, and its flavors of blackberry, cassis, and anise will pair nicely with the cranberries, pistachios and red onion in the salad.
Talk about taking something good and adding something better! Fried Chicken With Chicharrón Crust is coated and fried in crushed pork rinds. It will definitely hold up to a red wine like Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot from Chile. Flavors of black cherry and dark plums with notes of white chocolate are a natural alongside spicy dark meat with a touch of pork.
There’s something about Sauvignon Blanc and cilantro! Chicken Wings With Cilantro-Lime Dipping Sauce are a little hot, and the zesty melon and passion fruit flavors of Kenwood Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc will cut through the spice while complementing the bright herbal flavors of cilantro and lime.
Serve traditional Chicharrones de Pollo with Champagne for a classic wine and food pairing. Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve offers flavors of white peach and mango with hints of vanilla and almond. The Champagne’s complex layers of flavor and rich acidity are a nice foil to the simple flavor of poultry with a crunchy exterior.