Weeknight Dinner Recipe and Wine Pairing at Wine4.Me/blog

This Grilled Dijon Basil Chicken recipe is incredibly easy and includes a quick marinade. Add sides and a glass of one of these wine pairing suggestions.

Source: Good Cheap Eats. Used with permission.

Grilling outside is a beautiful thing. It can keep your kitchen cool during the summer and get dinner on the table quickly. This Grilled Dijon Basil Chicken recipe from Good Cheap Eats is incredibly easy. The marinade takes mere minutes to prepare. If you use chicken tenders, this recipe will grill up incredibly quickly too. Add a couple of sides and a glass of wine to complete your meal. Try one of these wine pairing suggestions.

Grilled Dijon Basil Chicken Wine Pairing

Chicken is pretty much a blank canvass when it comes to pairing with wine. It will depend on what you use to season the meat, how you cook it, and what is served alongside it. This one is simply prepared with a basil and Dijon mustard marinade and grilled, opening it up to a wide variety of pairing possibilities.

Chardonnay: Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay ~ $17

This Chardonnay has plenty of luscious tropical fruit, pineapple, apricot, and Meyer lemon aromas with a creamy and rich texture in the mouth. This wine is rich, yet smooth, with nice acidity. The creaminess of this wine will offer a nice contrast to the grilled meat and balance well with herbal flavors.

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!

Gruner Veltliner: Weingut Fred Loimer Gruner Veltliner ~ $16

Grüner is generally great with herbal flavors like pesto, and this one is no exception. It has flavors of green apple, fresh lemon, and lemon zest, along with some floral and mineral aromas and is fresh and juicy on the palate. The apple and citrus notes will complement the pesto flavors and sharpness of the Dijon.

Sauvignon Blanc: Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre ~ $23

For something dry and fresh with some mineral characteristics, try this Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc) filled with fresh floral and citrus aromas. In the mouth, you’ll find some fresh stone fruit flavors and fascinating minerality with a long finish and bright acid that will balance well with the flavors in the marinade.

Sauvignon Blanc: Cannonball Sauvignon Blanc ~ $14

Crisp, zesty, herbaceous, and light, this is a more traditional pairing for pesto. This wine has some apple and citrus, along with some fun pineapple, guava, and honeysuckle aromas. You’ll find sweet lemon flavors in the mouth with lively acidity brightening everything up.

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