Holland House: White Wine + Lemon Chicken

by Jenn (eating bender) on December 7, 2010

Glad that you are all enjoying the honeymoon recaps so far. I can’t wait to tell you more!

This past weekend, we had guests over and an exciting thing happened.

They came for the soup, but they stayed for the chicken.

It’s no secret that I love making chicken. We buy it in bulk from Costco and use it in pastas, stir-frys and baked all by itself. Well, I kid you not – this time, it was the best chicken I have EVER made.

It all started a few weeks ago when Kate from Holland House contacted me about a new project. Create three recipes using the various cooking wines and vinegars that the company has to offer.

One of my favorite quotes is, “I cook with wine. Sometimes, I even add it to the food.” I was sold.

The next week, a huge box of bottles arrived on my doorstep. My first choice was to somehow incorporate their White with Lemon Flavor Cooking Wine into a chicken recipe.

All of the Holland House cooking wines are gluten-free and are seasoned with 1 teaspoon of salt per cup, so you are able to reduce the amount of salt added to the recipe.

I combined the following into a gallon-sized plastic bag:

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup Holland House White with Lemon Flavor Cooking Wine
  • 2 tbsp. Garlic Gold Italian Herb Nuggets
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Salt
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder

Let the bag of marinade sit for 20-30 minutes (or longer if you’re making it in advance). Once it has infused the chicken, add to a pan coated with 1-2 tbsp. olive oil and begin cooking on high heat.

The marinade will soon begin to bubble as the chicken cooks. But the coolest part for me was watching the wine turn into a thick, flavorful white sauce. I taste tested with a spoon and exclaimed, “Oh, this is going to be good.”

When the chicken was done, our dinner guests for the evening added it to my Asian-Mediterranean Chunky Minestrone Soup.

While they enjoyed the soup (I love that recipe), they had to admit that the addition of the chicken was their absolute favorite part. The White with Lemon Flavor Cooking Wine became an overnight savory sensation. Used as a sauce on top of the chicken, it infused every bite with a unique flavor.

Amazing! I can’t wait for my next Holland House kitchen experiment.

Have you ever used cooking wine in your recipes? If so, share links or blog posts below!


Holland House has partnered with me to share recipes and information about their products. Over the next few weeks weโ€™ll be working together to bring you three new dishes to try!

1 Megan (Braise The Roof) December 7, 2010 at 10:29 am

Yum, looks good! You can’t go wrong with lemon and garlic. I haven’t really used wine specifically made for cooking before, but I love using wine in dishes. It makes them seem so much fancier! :)

2 Erica December 7, 2010 at 11:29 am

What a perfect meal! I’m sure your guests were impressed! I have used wines in risottos but would like to try it in other dishes as well.

3 gazalle December 7, 2010 at 11:58 am

Can I just say that this looks delish!!!!!!!! I am so hungry now after looking at those pictures!…I love cooking so will try some of your recipes for sure…PS the fact that your blog has snow flakes makes you 100x cooler..#justsaying!

4 annie December 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm

the soup and chicken look sooo good i definitely gotta try it!

5 Balanced Healthy Life December 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I haven’t used cooking wine in a while, but ocassionaly use it when I am following a recipe! Those cooking wines look really fun to cook with!

6 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) December 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Oh yum, that looks really good! Great recipe! Love the flavor of wine in dishes! I especially love chicken marsala! And one time I had a dish with pork and onions with a wine reduction sauce. It was so good!

7 BroccoliHut December 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I’ve never cooked with wine, but you’re making me think I should get to experimenting!

8 Lauren December 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

This looks amazing! I wonder if I can use this recipe for tofu?

9 Mimi December 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm

That looks AWESOME! I love cooking with red wine–especially for beef. It’s funny, because I never drink alcohol.

10 retro sweets December 8, 2010 at 4:17 am

Never did but rootbeer yes. The chicken looks certainly good! Looking forward to great experiments to come. Like Lauren, have you tried doing it on a tofu?

11 lifeslayercake December 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Ah! My best friend is gluten-free and always looking for new things to inspire her in the kitchen–this seems like just the gift to appear at her doorstep this christmas! Thanks :)

12 leashieloo December 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I love Holland House white wine! I use it to make shrimp scampi and it’s always awesome!

13 Shannon December 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Hmm, I actually don’t use cooking wine as i thought it just had alot of extra sodium. Usually i just go straight for the big bottles :) that chicken looks fabulous though!!

14 CaSaundra December 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

Mmm..I will have to keep my eye out for that wine! Nothing beats how lemon compliments a chicken dish, and of course, a little wine never hurt anyone! ๐Ÿ˜‰

15 Brittany December 12, 2010 at 8:39 am

Yum! So glad the chicken turned out to be delicious Jenn.

PS – I love that it’s snowing on your blog. :)

16 Natalia - a side of simple December 13, 2010 at 9:17 am

This sounds like a delicious meal! It’s definitely on my list of foods to make :) My mom always uses white cooking wine, I think it’s one of her staples!

17 Monique December 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Wow that looks incredible!! :) I, too, love buying chicken in bulk at Costco!

18 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm

That lemon and white wine flavor combo sounds great. How cool its all in one easy bottle. ๐Ÿ˜€

19 What Kate Ate December 14, 2010 at 10:43 am

Im getting more adventerous about cooking with wine!

20 Kelly December 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I love cooking with wine, but cooking wine, not so much. I used to buy it a lot when I first started cooking because the state I was living in at the time didn’t sell wine at the grocery store, but I don’t anymore. I’m sure it has its place but I have to be honest, I am not crazy about added salt in my wine, I’d rather add it myself personally.

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