Wine and Dine Grill-Side: 7 Perfectly Paired Drinks and Recipes

From chicken to burgers, and from salmon to s’mores, perhaps no better cooking process epitomizes summer than the act of grilling. Read on to learn more about some of our favorite summer recipes—and some of their best wine matches.

cajun chicken recipes


1. Cajun Chicken

Serve‘s cajun chicken hot or cold, in salads, on a sandwich, or as dinner. If you grill over the weekend, you can take the leftovers a lunch during the week or make a quick and easy dinner.


  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons dried Italian-style seasoning
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper
  • 10 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves — pounded to 1/2 inch thickness

Directions: In a large shallow dish, mix the oil, Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and lemon pepper. Place the chicken in the dish and turn to coat with the mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.

Preheat the grill for high heat. Lightly oil the grill grate. Drain chicken and discard marinade. Place chicken on hot grill and cook for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear.

Suggested wine pairings: So as not to overshadow this dish’s flavor, stick to lighter wines. Try a 2012 X0 Riesling, which finds the perfect balance between sweet and dry and serves as an excellent complement to this spicy chicken dish; or go for a light and super-crisp 2012 Montefresco Pinot Grigio.

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