Best Wine with Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is one of the best ways to enjoy chicken. It’s also true that wine can make it even better. But what kind of wine goes with Chicken Piccata? In this post, I’ll talk about what you need to consider when pairing wines with this dish. I will also list the different types of white wines that go well with Chicken piccata, and why they work so well together.

What type of wine should you look for?

Chicken Piccata is a light dish, so the wine should be lighter and fruity. White wines are often described as “fruity,” which means they have more fruit flavor than other red and white wines (like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay). For example, if you had Chicken Piccata with your family for dinner tonight, you would probably enjoy drinking some Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio with it and those are good choices BUT with a little more thought, we can take this dish to another level.

What is the dominant flavor?

Chicken Piccata’s dominant flavor is lemon. The sauce is made with lemon juice and capers, which add a hint of briny saltiness to the dish. This means that any wine you choose should have a pronounced citrus flavor. You also need to bear in mind the butter content, so you need something that will cut through that. This naturally sends you in the direction of crisp, white wines.

Five White Wines that Pair with Chicken Piccata

I have put together a list of 5 wines that all work well with Chicken Piccata. Of course, there are other whites you can try but these are my top choices. All based on the flavor profile of the wine and the Chicken Piccata we are pairing.

Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc is a white wine grape that’s grown in France, Austria, and Germany. It’s also grown in California and New Zealand.

Pinot blanc is a good choice for Chicken Piccata because it has enough acidity to balance out the richness of poultry, but isn’t so strong-tasting that it overpowers the other flavors in this dish. This versatile grape pairs well with fish, seafood, and pasta dishes as well as Chicken Piccata.

My recommendation for Pinot Blanc:

2019 Trimbach Pinot Blanc (Alsace)

This French Pinot blanc has a beautiful nose with hints of green apple and pears. On the palate, it is dry with a medium body and acidity. Perfect for swordfish.

2019 Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Blanc (Alsace)

This wine has aromas of orchard fruits such as pear and apple, with floral notes that smell like jasmine. It is medium in the body but moderately acidic; it’s dry for an Alsace wine but leaves a hint of sweetness on your tongue when you finish drinking.

2019 Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvée les Amours 

This wine is crisp, with pleasantly tart lemon acidity that makes it ideal for serving with fish and seafood. The ripe white fruits of apple, pear, and peach aromas make this one of the classic examples of dry Alsace Pinot Blanc.

Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris is a good choice for Chicken Piccata. This light, fruity wine pairs well with Chicken Piccata because it is light and fruity. It doesn’t clash with the rich, buttery sauce and is a natural match with the lemon.

My recommendations for Pinot Gris:

2021 St. Michael-Eppan San Michele Appiano Pinot Grigio Sudtirol – Alto Adige

This wine has grown in popularity and is appreciated for its freshness, nice acidity, and pleasant, lingering aftertaste. Well worth seeking out.

2021 Pradio Priara Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave

From the Pradio Italian family estate, this Pinot Grigio presents as pale yellow in color. Notes are blended wildflowers and ripe fruit (apple, pear, banana). This wine has a long finish that is fresh and lingering on the palate.

2021 Cantina Zaccagnini Terre di Chieti IGT Pinot Gris

The color is straw yellow with a very pleasant aroma. It has clear fruity notes of pear and green apple, as well as slight hints of aromatic herbs. The taste is dominated by freshness and savoriness; it’s light enough for crisp white fruit but still flavorful enough to appeal to those who prefer something on the sweeter side.

Riesling

Riesling is a German wine grape variety that has been used since the 17th century. It’s a versatile wine grape, used to make dry, semi-sweet, and sweet wines. Although it’s best known as an Alsace white (and those are delicious with chicken piccata), I prefer to pair Riesling with Chicken Piccata because they both have a similar acidity level and subtle sweetness.

If you want to try pairing your own Riesling with the dish, here are some recommendations:

Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Riesling Kabinett 2017

This Kabinett is a fresh, crisp wine with lingering sweetness balanced by tart lemon-lime acidity. Delicate wisps of smoke and earth lend touches of complexity throughout, adding dimensions to its fruity character.

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

Spätlese Riesling is richer and more intense in flavor than Kabinett. It comes with a lively minerality that perfectly balances the bright white peach and lemon fruit you’ll find here. Worth seeking out.

Ransom Sunnyside Vineyard Riesling (Willamette Valley of Oregon)

From the vineyard themselves, “This single vineyard, old vine bottling from the South Salem Hills is a classic, terroir-revealing Riesling. Opening with fresh fruit aromas of key lime and pineapple, the palate offers vivid acidity and flavors of Meyer lemon zest and candied ginger wrapped around a mineral vein. The wine finishes fresh and bright, with a beguiling note of honeysuckle blossom. A delight to drink now, but also exceedingly age-worthy.” 

Viognier

Viognier is a white wine grape that, when paired with Chicken Piccata, will give you the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Its bold flavor profile makes it an excellent choice for pairing with any dish.

Viognier has a rich body and aroma that is often described as tropical fruit. These characteristics make it an ideal choice to pair with Chicken Piccata because they complement each other perfectly.

My recommendations for Viognier:

Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon

Critic tasting note: (2002 vintage) “An exotic, perfumed wine, with aromas of violets and rosewater. To taste, this exoticism goes through to ripe, but elegant fruit. Along with all this, there is a freshness and fruitiness which makes the wine light, fragrant and vibrant.” – 92/100Wine Enthusiast

E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane

Critic tasting note: (2017 vintage) “Classic in style, this exuberant, perfumed Viognier fills the air with aromas of orange blossom, peach and honey. While weighty and textured, it’s lifted by a vein of tangerine acidity and lingering notes of bitter nut skins and vanilla. This lovely wine should drink well through 2027. Anna Lee C. Iijima” – 94/100Wine Enthusiast

Francois Villard Condrieu Villa Pontciana

Critic tasting note: (2016 vintage) “The nose of this wine is delicate but perfumed, wafting of orange blossom, apricot and honeycomb. Full bodied and glycerol on the palate, it offers layers of tangerine and stone-fruit flavors edged by a pleasant ring of bitters. This powerful yet pretty wine will be best enjoyed now through 2026. Anna Lee C. Iijima” – 94/100Wine Enthusiast

Vermentino

Vermentino is a white wine grape native to Italy, and it’s also grown in France and Sardinia. You can find Vermentino wines made from grapes grown in these regions, but there are also many different varieties: Vermentino di Gallura, Vermentino di Liguria, Vermentino de Menorca, the list goes on.

Vermentino’s are versatile wines that go well with many different dishes but it is a lovely accompaniment to chicken piccata. The wine has a crisp, dry flavor that is often described as tropical fruit. These characteristics make it an ideal choice to pair with chicken piccata because they complement each other perfectly.

This is also a good wine if you enjoy drinking white wine on its own or with food.

My recommendation for Vermentino:

Quartomoro di Sardegna ‘Q Orriu un anno dopo’ Vermentino di Sardegna

Sardinian wine label Quartomoro is the brainchild of winemaker Giovanni Risso, who has been making wine in Italy for over 30 years. His wines are all produced from estate-grown grapes and bottled on-site at his winery in Orrio, a small town near Cagliari. The Vermentino di Sardegna is light, crisp, and refreshing with tropical fruits like pineapple and citrus flavors. It pairs well with seafood dishes that use olive oil as a marinade or basting sauce (think sautéed shrimp or scallops).

Antonella Corda Vermentino di Sardegna

In the glass, this wine is pale yellow with a hint of green. It has aromas of ripe pineapple and lemon zest, with hints of white flowers and herbs. On the palate, it’s clean and crisp with notes of grapefruit and white stone fruit. Perfect with your pesto sauce.

Sella & Mosca ‘Ambat’ Vermentino di Sardegna

The grapes grown in Ambat’s vineyards are harvested by hand from their own plots. They have been cultivated on calcareous clayey soil, which has contributed to enhancing the typical and fruity notes of Vermentino wine, the most representative white grape variety born in Sardinia. The vineyards of Sella & Mosca face northwest, the source of breezes and strong gusts carrying salt-rich moisture from the nearby sea. This wine offers a complex array of flavors: white flowers, exotic fruit, and almonds. But it is also crisp on the tongue with a marine-like saltiness at the end.

Conclusion

If you’re looking to pair this dish with a wine, start off by considering what the dominant flavor is that you need to pair with. With Chicken Piccata, that flavor is lemon with a secondary consideration for the butter. Once you have that you know what type of wine you are looking for.

I recommend the Pinot Gris. This grape has an aroma that is similar to lemon zest and citrus fruits like tangerine or grapefruit. It also has a very low acidity level which means it will not overpower your meal. It pairs perfectly with chicken piccata because of its ability to cut through any excessive richness from other ingredients like butter or cream.

If you are looking for a recipe then I recommend Elise Bauer’s easy Chicken Piccata recipe on Simplyrecipes.com. This is a simple recipe and it’s on the plate in less than 30 minutes.

If you enjoyed this post, please check out my other posts on the Best Wine for Poultry dishes, such as Best Wine Chicken Parmesan, Best Wine with Chicken Alfredo, and Best Wine with Chicken Marsala.