My Wife’s Notes – 2010 Dirty Laundry Riesling – Sticky Lemon Chicken w/ Broccolini and Shiitake Mushrooms

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Sticky Lemon Chicken w/ Broccolini and Shiitake Mushrooms

  • 4-6 pieces chicken
  • olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic
  • thyme
  • white wine vinegar
  • soy sauce
  • honey
  • 1 small bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • sesame oil
  • 1 small shallot
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • oyster sauce
  • salt and pepper

Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste.  Remove one clove from the head of garlic and set aside, then slice the head of garlic in half.  In a large saucepan, heat 4-5 tbsp olive oil.  When the oil is hot, place the halved head of garlic, a few sprigs of thyme and the chicken in the pan. Cook the chicken for two minutes on each side, then add a splash of white wine vinegar, a generous splash of soy sauce and 3-4 oz. of honey, and mix to make sure the chicken is coated on all sides. Slice the lemon thinly, and lay the slices over top of the chicken.  Add a splash of water, and turn down the heat to simmer.  Simmer until the sauce is reduced to a syrupy consistency and the chicken is cooked through (about 10 minutes).

While the chicken is simmering, heat 2-3 tbsp of sesame oil in a wok or fry pan. Thinly slice the shallot and garlic, and add both with the mushrooms to the wok.  Stir-fry for 2 minutes, and add the broccolini, a splash of soy sauce and a splash of oyster sauce to the wok.  Stir-fry until the broccolini has softened, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Serve the chicken on a bed of chopped parsley with broccolini and mushrooms on the side.

While I spent much of this week in Vancouver attending workshops, meeting clients and working on projects, my mother-in-law came into town to keep my wife company.  They spent a lot of time spring cleaning, and when I came back home I think they were ready to be doted on.

Since none of us were really into spending a lot of time cooking, I picked out this recipe due to it’s simplicity and speed.

Keying on the lemon flavors in the chicken, I chose to pair dinner with the 2010 Dirty Laundry Riesling.  Dirty Laundry was one of the first wineries Alana and I went tasting at, and we make sure to go back at least once every summer.  Their Riesling, Gewurtztraminers and Rose are consistently excellent, and the grassy area outside the wineshop is a lovely place for a summer picnic.

My Notes:

The nose is very mild, with slight notes of citrus and apple.  The first sip is surprisingly powerful, with off-dry and medium body delivering strong flavors of green apple and apricot, with notes of pear, pineapple and lemon.  This wine has a strong mineral content and medium-high acidity, which creates a very crisp finish.  An excellent sipping wine, and pairs terrifically well with the lemon-flavored chicken. 90 points.

My Wife’s Notes:

“Not much smell to it, but the taste is so good. Oh it’s Dirty Laundry, no wonder I like it.”

2010 Dirty Laundry Riesling. $17.99 at the Dirty Laundry wineshop (this vintage is no longer available, but the 2011 vintage has been released).


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