Butter Chicken Wine Pairing

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Murgh Makhani, better known as Butter Chicken, is a simple, yet rich and flavorful Indian curry popular around the world. The slow-cooked chicken, marinated in a blend of yogurt, lemon, cumin, and garam masala, is tender and juicy, while the curry sauce is a blend of tomato, spices, and cream giving it a smooth, luxurious texture that is rich and slightly sweet. 

The mild, creamy flavor of this dish makes it approachable and a great entry-point for those new to Indian food. While complex in flavor, its passive palate also makes for great wine pairing options for red and white lovers alike.

Best Red Wine To Pair With Butter Chicken

A fruit-forward, medium-bodied red that’s light on tannins will serve you well here. While butter chicken is traditionally a very mild dish, if you choose to add spice you’ll want to be sure to steer clear of high tannins and high alcohol.

  • Cabernet Franc; medium body with tart fruit flavors, similar to Pinot Noir.
  • Lambrusco; a slight bubbliness with strong berry notes.
  • Beaujolais; also known as Gamay, light, low tannins.
  • Sangiovese; savory, cherry flavor with notes of tomato.

Best White Wine To Pair With Butter Chicken

A medium weight, acidic white wine will be your best choice. The acidity cuts through the rich buttery sauce and will cleanse the palate, but it won’t overwhelm the flavor of the curry. 

  • Riesling; Light, sweet, crisp and highly acidic. Known for being food-friendly.
  • Chardonnay; dry and buttery with moderate tannins and acidity. 
  • Gewürztraminer; rich bouquet of exotic fruits, spices and rose tones. 
  • Rosé; bright acidity with strong berry flavor. 

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