How to Pair Beaujolais Nouveau & Cranberry Roasted Chicken - The Social Sipper

How to Pair Beaujolais Nouveau & Cranberry Roasted Chicken

Try Beaujolais Nouveau and pair it with the delicious Cranberry Roasted Chicken. This recipe post was made in partnership with Duboeuf Wines. Recipe and ideas are my own.

Have you prepared your Thanksgiving menu? If you find yourself waiting until the last minute to grab some ingredients or maybe you’re not sure what you want to make this year, I have a great idea for you! 

I’ve partnered with Duboeuf Wines, created by the legendary wine expert, Georges Duboeuf. This company began back in 1964 growing and harvesting in France. Now, the family-owned and operated business has expanded its operations within France and internationally as well! They produce their premium Beaujolais Nouveau wines according to their family traditions

Beaujolais Nouveau is a type of red wine from the Beaujolais provence of France. Made with the finest gamay grapes and hand-harvested for a unique-tasting wine. Beaujolais has a quick fermentation process (lasting just a couple of weeks) causing the taste to be fresh, fruity, and clean. Beaujolais is consumed when it’s young because of the vibrant notes which make it easy to drink and pair with a variety of food. This vin de primeur is harvested quickly and then celebrated on Beaujolais Nouveau Day which is the third Thursday in November. Pair the  Beaujolais Nouveau on your Thanksgiving table to accompany your other dishes and celebrate the good times!  

I like to enjoy the Beaujolais Nouveau paired with my special Cranberry Roasted Chicken. For this recipe, I roasted bone-in chicken thighs (chicken breast work as well) with olive oil, fresh herbs, salt, pepper, lemon, orange juice and zest, garlic, cranberries, and maple syrup in the skillet and baked for 35 – 45 minutes. This roasted chicken dish is so tender, and the perfect substitute if you’re wanting a change from the traditional turkey. Plus, the aromas smell phenomenal while you’re baking it! My favorite part about this dish is that it’s fairly easy to make, so you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen. Give you and your guests the delicious meal of Cranberry Roasted Chicken paired with Beaujolais Nouveau wine, it’s the perfect touch to your Thanksgiving dinner. 

If you’re interested in trying Beaujolais Nouveau made by Duboeuf Wines click here and use the code “Social10” to redeem $10.00 off your first purchase with Minibar! 


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Cranberry Roasted Chicken

Cranberry Roasted Chicken

Active Time45 mins

Equipment

  • Oven-safe skillet
  • 2 small bowls
  • Plates

Materials

  • 4-5 chicken thighs or breasts, bone in skin on
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 whole garlic head
  • cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • zest of 1 orange

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pat the chicken thighs dry and arrange on a large oven-safe skillet. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil and rub to coat.
  • In a small bowl, mix together rosemary, thyme, salt, and ground pepper and sprinkle over both sides of the chicken.
  • Cut lemon in half crosswise and remove any visible seeds. Cut head of garlic in half crosswise. Arrange lemon and garlic cut size down in skillet around the chicken.
  • Transfer to the oven and set your time for 35-45 minutes.
  • Combine cranberries, maple syrup, orange juice and zest in a bowl. When there are 15-20 minutes remaining on your oven timer. Add the cranberry mixture to the skillet.
  • Remove when the chicken is cooked through.
  • Plate the chicken and cranberries and serve with pan juice along with the roasted lemon and garlic.

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