Fried Chicken is a Memorial Day classic, but frying it up can be hot, messy work. Simplify the process with these Baked Chicken Drumsticks from A Zesty Bite. You’ll get delicious chicken that is moist inside with a crunchy exterior…without all of the greasy mess. Just marinate the drumsticks in buttermilk, toss them in a flavorful coating, and bake. Enjoy them with a glass of one of these wines.
Baked Chicken Drumsticks Wine Pairing
Chicken is a blank canvass when it comes to pairing with wine. It all depends on how it’s cooked. This one, seasoned simply, breaded, and baked (not fried), opens itself up to a wide range of pairing ideas. Try any of these.
Chardonnay: Los Vascos Chardonnay ~ $10
Much like the chicken, Chardonnay has a wide range of pairing possibilities. This one is light and bright with tropical, citrus, and floral notes with a touch of apple. It’s bright, light, and fruity. It’s also a great value for a weeknight!
Chardonnay: Estancia Estates Pinnacles Ranches Chardonnay $10
This Chardonnay will offer more oak influence than the prior, giving it some richness to match the breaded chicken. You’ll find apples, pears, and pineapples, along with some spice and vanilla. Rich in the mouth, this one is a great match for a fake-out fried chicken dinner.
Sauvignon Blanc: Kono Sauvignon Blanc ~ $12
For something bright and zesty, try this Sauvignon Blanc filled with citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, and passionfruit aromas. This typical New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant with strong acidity to cut through any richness from the dish.
Riesling: Hogue Cellars Riesling ~ $9
Riesling is great with chicken, especially simply prepared like in this recipe. This one offers lots of apples, peaches, and a little bit of citrus aromas and flavors. On the palate it has just enough sweetness to refresh the palate and offset any heat you might want to add to the recipe. Another great weeknight value too, found under $10.
Riesling: Red Tail Ridge Dry Riesling $17
You’ll find a nice mix of citrus (lime and Meyer lemon), juicy peach, grapefruit, and even some herbal notes on this wine. The palate is big, yet clean and crisp with bright acidity and a dry finish. It’s a perfect match for this baked breaded chicken!
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