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What's better than braised chicken? Wine-braised chicken! Inspired by the latest release of our 2020 Palmer Vineyard Chardonnay is a food and wine pairing you must try this upcoming fall season.

Chicken Provençal is a recipe that compliments and balances out the bright acidity and lemon curd flavors found in our classic chardonnay. Grab a glass and try it out today!

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  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 12 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 6 medium-size shallots, peeled and halved
  • 2 pints of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dates, halved and pitted (if necessary)
  • 1 cup green olives
  • 1 cup dry white wine


1) Heat oven to 400° F.
2) Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
3) Heat the oil in a large oven proof pan, and place in the chicken skin side down. Cook the chicken without disturbing it for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Flip chicken over.
4) Arrange the thyme, garlic cloves, shallots, cherry tomatoes, dates and green olives around the chicken, then add the wine to the pan.
5) Add the wine and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot with a lid and place in the oven. Cook in the oven for 60 minutes.
6) Serve over rice, polenta, mashed potatoes or with crusty bread for dipping.

Recipe and photo by: The Modern Proper.