Chicken Satay is grilled Chicken on a Skewer coated with peanut sauce and can be found on many menus, including Thai, or Spanish themed restaurants. You’ll also find Chicken Satay served as an hors d’oeuvre at banquets as it makes for a fantastic finger food. The spicy peanut sauce makes wine pairing a little challenging, but Off-dry Riesling, Torrontés, Grenache Blanc or a Rosé pair best. For red wines, our top pick would be a Rioja. Learn why below!
Off Dry Riesling & Chicken Satay Pairing
Chicken Satay has a bit of a spicy kick to it, so you want a wine with some residual sugar, but you don’t want a wine that is too sweet in that it overpowers the dish. An off-dry Riesling walks that fine line of dry and sweet in that the sweetness cools off the spicy, while the zesty citrus flavours elevate the chicken flavours. Bursting with acidity, Riesling can cut through the tongue coating peanut sauce, and deliver the goods for a delicious finish.
Torrontés & Chicken Satay Pairing
Torrontés is an aromatic white wine featuring sweet floral aromas of rose, along with flavours of peach and lemon. The light and breezy flavours of Torrontés help cool the spicy notes found in the Chicken Satay.
Torrontés is commonly made in a dry style, meaning there is plenty of acidity to cope with the sticky peanut sauce. Furthermore, the intensity of Chicken Satay is at the right level, where it won’t overwhelm the delicate flavours and aromas of the wine.
Rosé & Chicken Satay Pairing
When it comes to challenging foods to pair, you can always count on Rosé to soldier up and fight the good fight. While it looks like a sweet wine, Rosé is often dry, and full of light red fruit flavours and citrus. The berry flavours subdue the Chicken Satay’s spicy kick, while the acidity lifts up the natural chicken flavours. If you’re holding a bridal shower, or wedding reception, and have Chicken Satay on the hors d’oeuvre menu, Rose is an excellent wine to match as it will pair up with just about anything else you are passing out.
Rioja & Chicken Satay Pairing
Rioja is red wine that is full of rich cherry and black plum flavours that are a refreshing contrast to the earthy peanut sauce. You’ll also find spicy and smoky tones, along warm tannin, in Rioja that complement the grilled chicken flavours. As we often eat Chicken Satay with a variety of foods, such as Tapas, or as an appetizer, the food-friendly Rioja will has the perfect balance of tannin and acidity to go fine with just about anything you throw at it.
Grenache Blanc & Chicken Satay Pairing
Grenache Blanc is a full-bodied white wine that when aged in oak, delivers toasty, creamy and dill-like flavors, along with green fruit notes such as apple, lime zest and pear. You also get spicy notes of cumin in Grenache Blanc which complement the spicy notes found in Chicken Satay. Meanwhile the creamy notes of Grenache Blanc mirror the richness of the Peanut Sauce.