Almost any time you’re pairing wine with chicken, you want to start by thinking about the sauce. Here, a few types of wines to try with different types of chicken stew.
Rich Chardonnays with creamy chicken stews
Cream or crème fraîche with fuller-bodied, oaked Chardonnays are an undeniably good match. The wines have just enough acidity to cut through the richness but their own full body to pair with the cream. Look for Chardonnays from Napa Valley or Meursault from Burgundy in France. (Even though they don’t always contain cream, classic chicken potpies are also great with these wines.)
Sauvignon Blanc with tomatillo chicken stews
In Mexico, chicken is often stewed with tangy tomatillos as well as cilantro and jalapeños. Those green flavors are terrific with Sauvignon Blanc, which can be grapefruit-tart and wildly herbaceous. Look for inexpensive citrusy styles from Chile or minerally Sancerre from the Loire Valley in France.