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Chicken Fajita Bake Recipe and Wine Pairing at Wine4.Me/blog

Photo Source: Prevention RD. Used with permission.

Who doesn’t love an easy, fairly hands-off meal? You can spend a few minutes of prep time on this Chicken Fajita Bake recipe from Nicole at Prevention RD and then let your oven do the rest of the work. If you don’t have a packet of taco seasoning, you can use about 2 tablespoons of this homemade taco seasoning blend. Once the oven has cooked your fajita filling, serve it up as-is or in your favorite tortilla. Don’t forget to add a nice glass of wine!

Chicken Fajita Bake Recipe and Wine Pairing

This fun take on traditional chicken fajitas has you cooking everything up together, in the oven, to create a rich and warming meal. Between the taco seasoning, sweet red peppers, earthy green bell pepper, sharp onions, and gooey melted cheese, you have quite a versatile dish that can pair with anything from an earthy red to a sweeter style Riesling.

Rhone Blend: Cellers Can Blau “Can Blau” ~$13

For a red wine with some rich fruit and freshly ground pepper notes, try this blend from Spain. With lots of black cherry fruit, baking spices, and even chocolate notes, this wine is full-bodied with fresh acidity, making it more food friendly. The pepper notes will blend nicely with the taco seasoning.

Carmenere: Santa Ema Selected Terroir Carmenere ~$9

Another red that goes great with Mexican inspired dishes is Carmenere for its signature pepper notes. This one is deep in color with aromas and flavors of black and blue berry fruit, plum, and some fresh black pepper notes. The rich fruit will stand up to the flavors of the fajitas and melted cheese and the pepper will blend in well with the seasoning.

Pinot Grigio/Gris: HRM Rex-Goliath Pinot Grigio ~$9

For something light, crisp, and a great value, try this Pinot Grigio with loads of citrus fruit, peaches, and nectarines. Crisp and citrusy on the palate, this one pairs very easily with the flavors of the fajita bake and will act as a nice dry refreshing palate cleanser between bites as well.

Riesling: Hogue Riesling ~$9

If you decide to make your fajitas spicy by adding additional heat into the taco seasoning or topping it with jalapeños like the recipe’s photos suggest, look for a wine with some sweetness, like this semi-sweet Riesling from Hogue. Sweet apricot, lemon, tangerine, and peach aromas lead to a slightly sweet mouthfeel with refreshing acidity. The sweet flavors of the wine will be great with the melted cheese and sweet peppers and will stand up well to any spice you may add to the dish.

Gewürztraminer: Fetzer Shaly Loam Gewürztraminer ~$10

Similar to the Riesling above, this Gewürztraminer has some sweetness, making it pair nicely with anything spicy, as it will cool the palate in between bites. In addition, this one has some nice floral notes that will compliment the spice and peppers in the dish as well as juicy tangerine, mango, and pineapple. There is a nice richness to the wine with undertones of baking spices that will make it stand up well to the richness of this comforting fajita bake.

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