Wine to go with Tandoori Chicken??
- ekeeney Apr 19, 2007 09:02 AM
I am making Tandoori chicken thighs tonight, and I wasn't sure of what wine would best go good with it. Any suggestions?
A nice rose from the Languedoc would also be excellent, and be a nice match to the richer thigh meat. I just had the 2005 Mas Grand Plagniol ($9.99) with chicken tikka masala and it was perfect.
All the food from this part of the world - East Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India . . .
goes wonderfully with dry Pinot Gris. Alternately with about 20% of the dishes dry Gewurztraminer.
This is a little late, but red wines (IMHO) go fine with Tandoori Chicken as long as it does not have a lot of chili heat - which many renditions don't. I've had success w/ Gamay and Pinot Noir (I imagine Lambrusco would work as well). Also Rhone blends from France can work too - but that's trickier. The thing to look for is high acidity wines, low in alcohol, with a bit of a peppery/spicey component and low in tannins.
If there is a lot of chili heat (e.g. mouth tingling, sweating, nose running) you need something sweet or sparkly (or both) to counter.