How to Pair Fried Chicken & Champagne

Shake things up with some brilliant, and brilliantly unexpected, pairings. At Birds & Bubbles restaurant in New York City, it's all about the high-low combo of glam champagne and down-home fried chicken. Kick off the new year with chef Sarah Simmons' recipe and shopping suggestions, plus other delicious duos from celeb chefs. They're matches made in food heaven!
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No Need for Special Occasion

"My thinking was, let's open a restaurant where you can have Champagne any day of the week and fried chicken every day. There is nothing better to cut through the richness of a piece of fried chicken than a glass of dry bubbly" -- Sarah Simmons, chef-owner of Birds & Bubbles and founder of City Grit in New York City, and owner of Rise Gourmet Goods & Bakeshop in Columbia, SC

Fried Chicken and Champagne

Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken

This shallow-fried chicken is adapted from the recipe used at Birds & Bubbles.

Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken

Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken

Best Bottles

Bubblies don't have to break the bank: Try Sarah Simmons' favorites for every budget.

Champagne Cocktail

Scarpetta "Timido" Brust Rose, $20

"This pink Italian bubbly is my pick for everyday celebrations. It's floral and fruity -- you can pop it for any occasion, from Tuesday night supper to Saturday date night."

Scarpetta "Timido" Brust Rose

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, $65

"In the 1800s, the founder of this label became known as Champagne Charlie because he popularized bubbly in the U.S. This Champagne is full of toasty flavors and has a well-balanced finish."

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

Champagne Pol Roger Brust Reserve "White Foil," $50

"Not only was Pol Roger Winston Churchill's favorite, it's the perfect combination of rich, nutty taste and crisp acidity."

Champagne Pol Roger Brust Reserve "White Foil"

What a Pair!

Try these fun combinations of haute and humble, from the celebrity chefs who love them.

John's Sparkling Negroni

Caviar and Cr?me Fraiche on Pringles + Miller High Life

"After a late night of drinking, my former boss made me a snack of salty caviar, crunchy Pringles and cooling cr?me fraiche. Pair that with High Life, my go-to beer, and it's just perfect." -- Kristen Kish, Top Chef Season 10 winner

Best Value Beer

Lobster Roll + Pabst Blue Ribbon

"It's one of those rare combinations where the sweet, briny lobster elevates the PBR and makes it the most refreshing combo. Note: Beer must be very cold and must be sipped right out of the can." -- Alex Guarnaschelli, chef at Butter in New York City

Lightened-Up Lobster Rolls

Krispy Kreme Doughnut + Aged Bourbon

"I love a fine bourbon, aged 12 years or more, served with an original Krispy Kreme. The bourbon mellows out the doughnut, and the doughnut makes the bourbon sweeter and nuttier." -- Edward Lee, chef-owner of 610 Magnolia and MilkWood in Louisville, KY

New Old-Fashioned