Flavorful Chicken Riesling Sauce Recipe – Perfect for Dinner

Hey there wine enthusiasts, it’s your favorite sommelier here! I’m so excited to introduce you to a recipe that’s sure to impress any dinner guest: Chicken in a Riesling Sauce. This dish is perfect for a cozy night in or for entertaining. Trust me, your taste buds will be soaring with joy after just one bite.

White wine and chicken have always been the perfect pairing, and this recipe takes this classic combination up a level by using Riesling wine for the sauce. The Riesling adds a subtle sweetness to the dish that balances perfectly with the savory flavors of chicken and mushrooms.

Plus, Coq au Riesling is an elegant French classic that will make you feel like you’re dining in Paris. You don’t need to be a world-renowned chef to create such a masterpiece because it’s easy and simple enough for even novice chefs.

So get ready to be wowed by this traditional recipe with a modern twist! I guarantee once you try it, there’ll be no going back. Get ready to indulge in every bite of this dreamy white wine cream sauce paired with buttered parmesan pasta, crispy bacon mushrooms, and sauteed chicken!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chicken in a Riesling Sauce
Chicken in a Riesling Sauce

Are you looking for a delicious and easy dinner recipe that will make your taste buds dance with joy? Look no further than this Chicken in Riesling Sauce recipe! This dish is easy to make but tastes like it came straight out of a fancy restaurant.

One of the reasons you’ll love this recipe is because it’s incredibly versatile. Whether you’re cooking for a romantic dinner at home or putting together a family feast, Chicken in Riesling Sauce is sure to impress everyone at the table. And because it’s made with simple ingredients that are easy to find, you don’t have to spend hours searching for specialty items at the grocery store.

But let’s talk about the star of this recipe: the riesling wine sauce. This creamy, dreamy white wine sauce is made with butter, chicken stock, garlic, onion, mushrooms and thyme. The riesling wine adds just the right amount of sweetness to the dish, while the savory flavors of bay leaves and thyme balance things out nicely.

Not only does this dish taste amazing, but it also looks beautiful on a plate. The light-colored sauce paired with buttered parmesan pasta makes for an elegant presentation that will impress your guests. And if you’re looking for a healthier option, feel free to swap out the pasta for some sautéed chicken or veggies.

In conclusion, Chicken in Riesling Sauce is an easy-to-make dish that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. With its delectable combination of flavors and gorgeous presentation, this recipe will quickly become a staple in your dinner rotation. So what are you waiting for? Head to the grocery store and start cooking up some Chicken in Riesling Sauce today!

Ingredient List

“One pot wonder: Chicken in Riesling sauce!”

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious chicken in a riesling sauce:

  • 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups riesling wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • For the Riesling Cream Sauce:
    • The reserved cooked mushrooms
    • The remaining braising liquid (strained)
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

The Recipe How-To

“The perfect meal for a cozy night in”

Step 1: Prepping the Chicken

To start, pat your chicken thighs dry with a paper towel and season them generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. You can also use chicken breasts or any other chicken pieces you prefer.

Step 2: Browning the Chicken

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the chicken skin-side down and cook until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes per side. If using boneless skinless chicken, cook for about 3-5 minutes per side until browned. Once browned, remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.

Step 3: Making the Riesling Sauce

In the same skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter over medium heat. Add 4 cloves of minced garlic, stir for about 30 seconds to allow their flavors to be released. Then add 1 finely chopped onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Next, mix in 1 tablespoon of flour to create a roux. Stir well and continue cooking for a couple more minutes until it turns lightly golden brown.

Slowly pour in 1 cup of riesling wine, stirring to combine with the roux. This will help thicken the sauce. Add 2 bay leaves and a sprig of fresh thyme to infuse more flavors into the sauce. Allow it to come to a boil then simmer for about 10 minutes until reducing.

Stir in 1 cup of chicken stock, whisk continually until everything has combined well.

Step 4: Braising Chicken in Riesling Sauce

Return the chicken back into the skillet and spoon some of the sauce over each piece of chicken.

Add about a pound of sliced mushrooms into the sauce and place them around the chicken. Make sure each mushroom gets covered in the sauce.

Cover the skillet with a lid and allow it to simmer over medium-low heat for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is tender and completely cooked through.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

After 25-30 minutes, remove the bay leaves and thyme sprig from the sauce, discard them.

Check the seasoning and adjust as needed.

Stir in ½ cup of heavy cream to create a rich and creamy texture.

Serve your Chicken in Riesling Sauce warm with sautéed vegetables like green beans or spinach, crispy potatoes, buttered parmesan pasta or mashed potato, rice pilaf or crusty bread to mop up all that delicious sauce. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

“Aromatic Riesling highlights the flavors of the chicken”

As a sommelier, I love to experiment with different ingredients and substitutions in recipes, to bring out new and exciting flavors. So for this recipe, feel free to substitute or add any ingredients that will complement the dish’s taste. Here are some substitutions and variations to try:

– Instead of chicken thighs or breast, try using bone-in chicken pieces for added flavor.

– For a vegetarian option, replace chicken with mushrooms or tofu and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

– To make a gluten-free version, substitute wheat flour with cornstarch or rice flour.

– If you don’t have Riesling wine on hand, you can use other white wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, or Pinot Grigio.

– For an Italian twist, replace the thyme and bay leaves with basil and oregano.

– Add some heat by incorporating red pepper flakes while seasoning the chicken.

– Top with crispy bacon crumbles for more texture and smoky flavor.

– Pair with buttered noodles instead of parmesan pasta for a more straightforward side dish option.

Remember that experimenting with ingredients is all about finding what works best for your taste bud’s preferences. Don’t be afraid to play around and make this dish your own!

Serving and Pairing

“Simmered in white wine for depth of flavor”

When it comes to pairing, the Riesling Sauce Chicken is a versatile dish. The crispy and juicy chicken in a cream sauce paired with buttered parmesan pasta is simply divine. For wine pairing, there is no better option than a crisp riesling wine. The fruity aroma and acidity of the wine perfectly complement the rich flavors of the dish.

If you prefer red wine, then Coq au Riesling pairs nicely with a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais. You can also serve it with a crusty baguette and a side salad to add freshness and texture to the meal.

For an extra touch of elegance, try serving mascarpone cheesecake for dessert. This creamy treat balances the flavors of the chicken in riesling cream sauce beautifully.

When it comes to plating, this dish is as dreamy as it tastes. Place chicken pieces smothered in mushrooms and bacon cream sauce on top of buttered parmesan pasta and garnish with thyme or bay leaves for an added dash of color.

One thing you have to keep in mind though- it’s hard to resist this irresistible recipe once you taste it!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“A simple yet elegant dish to impress your dinner guests”

This Chicken in a Riesling Sauce recipe is perfect for entertaining because you can make it ahead of time and store the leftovers for later. To prepare the dish ahead of time, start by braising the chicken in the Riesling sauce until it’s fully cooked. Once done, let the dish cool to room temperature and store it in an airtight container in your fridge.

When you’re ready to serve, simply reheat the dish slowly on a stove over low heat. Make sure to stir it occasionally so that the sauce doesn’t burn or stick to the pot. You can also reheat single portions of the dish by microwaving them for a few minutes.

If you have leftovers that you won’t be able to eat within the next few days, consider freezing them instead. The Chicken in a Riesling Sauce will keep well in your freezer for up to two months. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, simply thaw it overnight in your fridge and reheat it using any of the methods mentioned before.

One tip for storing your leftover Chicken in a Riesling Sauce: separate the meat and sauce into different containers if possible. This will prevent them from getting mushy when reheated together.

Overall, this dish is perfect for meal prepping or entertaining since you can easily make it ahead of time and store it without worrying about losing any of its flavors.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Captivate your senses with the tantalizing scent of white wine and chicken”

One of the keys to making the perfect chicken in a Riesling sauce is getting the chicken cooked to perfection. To avoid undercooking or overcooking the chicken, I recommend using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165°F before being removed from the heat.

When it comes to browning the chicken, make sure your skillet is heated to medium-high before adding the chicken. This will ensure that the chicken browns evenly and develops a nice crust. It’s also important not to overcrowd the pan when browning the chicken as this can lower the temperature and cause the chicken to steam rather than brown.

Another tip for making the perfect chicken in a Riesling sauce is to choose quality ingredients. Use fresh herbs like thyme and bay leaves to infuse flavor into the dish. When selecting Riesling wine, opt for a dry one as this will balance out the sweetness of the onions and Riesling wine.

Lastly, when making the cream sauce, be patient when reducing it. It’s important not to rush this step as it can result in a thin sauce that lacks depth of flavor. Additionally, if you want an even richer sauce, add a splash of heavy cream or crème fraiche at the end.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a delicious and flavorful chicken in a Riesling sauce that will have everyone asking for seconds!


Before wrapping up the article, let me address some common questions about this chicken in a Riesling sauce recipe. Whether you’re a novice or an expert when it comes to cooking, these FAQs will help you ensure a successful outcome in your kitchen. So, let’s dive into them and clarify any of your doubts!

Can I cook with Riesling?

Riesling wine is unique because of its fragrant notes of citrus fruits, apples, and blossoms that remain prominent even when used in culinary applications. It is an excellent choice for complementing desserts and delicate fish dishes, as well as being perfect for poaching fruits.

Is Coq au Vin the same as Coq au Riesling?

Coq au Riesling is a regional variation of the well-known French dish Coq au Vin, which originates from the eastern region of France near Germany and Switzerland. Unlike its traditional counterpart, Coq au Riesling is prepared using white wine, specifically the Riesling d’Alsace, to create a delectable sauce for the chicken.

What is the best wine for cooking chicken?

When it comes to cooking, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay are both reliable options. While sauvignon blanc offers a sharp taste, chardonnay boasts a more robust flavor. However, when used in recipes, their nuances don’t stand out as much.

What can you use Riesling for?

Rieslings that are moderately dry cater to flavorsome Asian and fusion dishes that pack a punch. They also complement smoked fish and cheeses with a salty edge. For those indulging in Indian delicacies with a little heat, medium sweet Rieslings blossom into their full potential. They accentuate the flavors in dishes that feature fresh fruits. Sweet Rieslings, on the other hand, love the company of blue cheeses with a salty hue, fruit-based desserts, and rich foie gras.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this chicken in a Riesling sauce recipe is surely one of the best chicken dishes you’ll ever taste. It is a delicious, hearty, and easy-to-make meal that will impress anyone who tries it. This recipe is made with boneless chicken thighs cooked to perfection and then smothered in a creamy Riesling wine sauce infused with aromatic herbs and spices.

The dish combines the sweetness of riesling wine with the savory punch of garlic and onion to create an unforgettable flavor experience. The addition of mushrooms, thyme, and bay leaves elevate it even further, adding a depth of flavor that will make your taste buds dance.

Moreover, it can be served with buttered parmesan pasta, risotto or crusty bread on the side to soak up all that dreamy white wine cream sauce. It pairs perfectly with roasted vegetables or a simple green salad for a complete meal.

In conclusion, this chicken in a Riesling sauce recipe is perfect for any occasion whether a family dinner or dinner party. Trust me; every person at the table will have their plates licked clean! So why not try this recipe today and enjoy the magic of Riesling wine?

Chicken in a Riesling Sauce

Chicken in a Riesling Sauce Recipe

This is a recipe from the local/state daily paper The West Australian and by one of my favourite contributors Margaret Johnson. Times are estimated.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Calories 722.7 kcal


  • 30 g butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 250 g mushrooms (sliced or if small cut into 4)
  • salt and pepper (freshly ground to taste)
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 800 g chicken thighs (boneless, each cut into 3 pieces)
  • 750 ml riesling wine
  • 1 sprig thyme (big)
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Heat butter and olive oil in a wide based pot or saute pan and add the onion and cook over a moderate heat until it is a pale golden brown and then add the garlic and the mushrooms.
  • Cook for another few minutes and season well with the salt and pepper.
  • Place the flour in a plastic bag and season with salt and pepper and then add the chicken pieces and toss the chicken around to coat well and then add the whole lot to the pan.
  • Cook for a few minutes and add the wine and the herbs and bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  • Allow to sit for 5 minutes and serve - over noodles or pasta was suggested.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 478gCalories: 722.7kcalCarbohydrates: 17.4gProtein: 37.5gFat: 40.2gSaturated Fat: 13.1gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 205.8mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 3.1g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Australian, Chicken, Chicken Thigh & Leg, Meat, Poultry, Stove Top, Weeknight
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