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Chicken with White Wine and Crème Fraîche

Chicken with White Wine and Crème Fraîche is a delicious and creamy French-inspired dish that combines tender chicken cooked in a flavorful white wine sauce with the richness of crème fraîche. The dish is typically served with pasta, rice, or crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

Here’s a recipe for Chicken with White Wine and Crème Fraîche:

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish, optional)

Instructions:

  1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
  4. Pour in the white wine and stir, scraping the bottom of the skillet to release any browned bits. Allow the wine to simmer for a few minutes to reduce slightly.
  5. Add the chicken broth to the skillet and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let it cook for about 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the crème fraîche. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring gently, until the sauce is smooth and heated through.
  7. Return the cooked chicken breasts to the skillet, spooning some of the sauce over them. Cook for another 2-3 minutes to reheat the chicken and allow it to absorb the flavors of the sauce.
  8. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Serve the Chicken with White Wine and Crème Fraîche with pasta, rice, or crusty bread, and spoon the creamy sauce over the chicken and accompaniment. Enjoy the tender chicken and flavorful sauce in this comforting and elegant dish.

Wine Pairing

  1. Chardonnay: A classic choice, Chardonnay pairs well with creamy dishes like this one. Opt for a medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with moderate acidity and flavors of citrus, tropical fruits, and a hint of oak. It will complement the richness of the crème fraîche and add a touch of elegance to the dish.
  2. Sauvignon Blanc: If you prefer a lighter and more refreshing option, go for a Sauvignon Blanc. Look for a wine with bright acidity, herbaceous notes, and flavors of citrus, green apple, and tropical fruits. The crispness of the wine will balance the creaminess of the dish.
  3. Viognier: With its full-bodied and aromatic profile, Viognier can be a delightful pairing. Choose a Viognier with stone fruit flavors, hints of honey and spice, and a rich mouthfeel. Its complexity will complement the flavors in the dish and add a touch of sophistication.
  4. Pinot Gris/Grigio: This versatile white wine can be an excellent match for the chicken dish. Opt for a Pinot Gris/Grigio with a good balance of acidity and flavors of ripe pear, apple, and citrus. It will provide a crisp and fruity counterpoint to the richness of the crème fraîche.
  5. White Rhône Blend: If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, a White Rhône Blend can be a fantastic choice. These blends often combine grapes like Marsanne, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc, offering a full-bodied wine with flavors of stone fruits, honey, and a touch of floral notes. It can harmonize with the creamy and savory elements of the dish.