Chicken Parmigiana is a 20th Century Italian dish. Chicken breasts are coated in breadcrumbs and fried to get a crispy coating, then placed into a baking dish. A rich tomato sauce is ladled over the top.
The chicken breasts are then topped with cheese-mozzarella, parmesan, provolone, or a mixture. The dish is then baked in the oven until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese has melted.
Some variations of this recipe include ham or bacon wrapped around the chicken breasts. It is a delicious Italian meal, but what wine should it be paired with?
There are many red and white wines that would pair excellently with this dish. A fruity yet herbal red wine with some acidity would be ideal, or a buttery chardonnay. You might be surprised to learn that sparkling wines like prosecco will go well with this meal.
The refreshing, fruity bouquet of pears and citrus will balance out the richness, and the bubbles will clear your palate after each bite, keeping the flavour fresh in your mouth. Subtle notes of almond will compliment the mozzarella and the pasta.
Chianti Classico is an Italian red wine that you could pair with chicken parmigiana. The fruity notes of plum and cherry along with the high acidity will really lift the flavour of the rich, sweet tomato sauce.
The acidity will also cut through the fattier elements of the dish, like the cheese and the fried breadcrumbs, to accentuate the delicate taste of the chicken breast.
The herbal, earthy tones and smoky aroma of the wine will be a great combination with the Italian herbs in the sauce.
Primitivo is another Italian red wine you could choose. It is medium bodied, with medium acidity and sweet fruity flavours. The rustic notes will complement this dish well.