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Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling Recipe

I’ve always been drawn to the elegance of the Cheesecake Factory’s Chicken Riesling, and mastering it at home has been a true joy.

The way the tender chicken pairs with the buttery, wine-infused sauce is simply divine.

A valuable tip for this dish is to use a good quality Riesling—it really gives you the flavor profile you’re after.

I love serving this with a side of garlic mashed potatoes or fresh greens for a complete, restaurant-quality meal.

How to Make Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling

Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling feat

Ingredients List

  • 4 chicken thighs or breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 125g pancetta, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry Riesling wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Step-by-step process

Step 1

Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, ensuring they are evenly coated.

You can opt for chicken thighs or breasts, depending on your preference.

Step 2

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet or pan over medium-high heat.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, and once it is heated, add the seasoned chicken pieces.

Cook until they turn golden brown on both sides.

Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and set it aside.

Step 3

In the same skillet, add the sliced onions and pancetta.

Cook until the onions become translucent and the pancetta starts to get crispy.

Use a wooden spoon to stir and scrape the pieces off the bottom of the pan.

Step 4

Stir in the sliced mushrooms and minced garlic.

Cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender.

Step 5

Pour in the dry Riesling wine and chicken broth into the skillet.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium.

Allow the wine and broth to reduce by half, which will take about 10 minutes.

Step 6

Mix 1 tablespoon of flour with a small amount of water to make a paste.

Add this flour paste into the skillet, stirring continuously to avoid any lumps.

Stir in the heavy cream and grated Parmesan cheese until the sauce thickens and becomes smooth.

Season the sauce with salt and pepper as desired.

Step 7

Place the cooked chicken back into the skillet with the sauce, ensuring that it is well coated.

Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and the flavors are well combined.

Step 8

Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish the Chicken Riesling with fresh parsley.

Serve it alongside your favorite side dishes, such as mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables, and enjoy this classic, hearty meal from the Cheesecake Factory.

Side Dishes for Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling

When enjoying a delicious Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling, several side dishes can complement the flavors and elevate your chicken dinner experience.

In this section, you’ll find some tasty side dish options to accompany your Chicken Riesling.

Buttered Parmesan Pasta

Buttered Parmesan Pasta is a classic, comforting side dish that pairs well with Chicken Riesling.

The richness of the butter and the savory flavor of the Parmesan cheese will effortlessly complement the wine sauce in the chicken dish.

To prepare this side, simply cook your choice of pasta and toss with melted butter and grated Parmesan cheese.

Fluffy Rice

A side of fluffy rice is an excellent option that will help absorb the delicious Riesling wine sauce from your chicken dinner.

Opt for a long-grain rice and cook it according to the package instructions.

The light, fluffy texture of the rice will be a fantastic contrast to the more robust flavors of the chicken and sauce.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables are a healthy and flavorful accompaniment to Chicken Riesling.

Consider roasting a mixture of your favorite seasonal vegetables, such as carrots, zucchini, bell peppers, and onions, tossed in olive oil with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

The caramelized flavors from roasting will complement the rich wine sauce while providing a visually appealing variety of colors and textures on your plate.

Ingredient Substitute

When making the Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling recipe, you can easily adjust the ingredients based on your preferences or dietary needs.

Below is one common substitute for Chicken Breasts.

Chicken Breasts substitute

If you prefer dark meat or have chicken thighs available, you can substitute them in place of the chicken breasts.

Just be aware that cooking times may vary slightly, and chicken thighs are generally higher in fat than chicken breasts, which can lead to a slightly different taste and texture.

How to Store Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling

Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling is a delicious and versatile dish that can be easily stored for later consumption.

To maintain the best flavor and texture, follow the guidelines below for storing your Chicken Riesling.

Refrigerator

To store your Chicken Riesling in the refrigerator, place the dish in an airtight container once it has cooled to room temperature.

This will help to prevent the dish from drying out or absorbing other flavors from the fridge.

Store the container on a refrigerator shelf, away from any strong-smelling items, to avoid flavor transfer.

Your Chicken Riesling should last for 3-4 days in the refrigerator when stored properly.

Remember to transfer the chicken from the pan to the storage container, avoiding a transfer of lingering heat to the fridge.

Freezer

If you wish to store your Chicken Riesling for an extended period, freezing is an excellent option.

Place the cooled chicken in an airtight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag to do this.

Be sure to remove as much air as possible from the container or bag to prevent freezer burn. Label and date the container before placing it in the freezer.

Your Chicken Riesling can last up to 3 months when stored in the freezer.

When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen Chicken Riesling, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating on the stovetop or in the oven.

Reheating Your Chicken Riesling

To reheat your Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling from the fridge, gently warm it in a skillet over low heat, or place it in a covered oven-safe dish and reheat at 325°F for 20-25 minutes until heated through.

For frozen Chicken Riesling, remember to thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before following the same reheating methods mentioned above.

By storing your Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling properly, you can enjoy its delightful flavors for days or even months to come.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Here are the most common mistakes to avoid when preparing Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling:

Not properly slicing the chicken breasts

It’s crucial to slice your chicken breasts evenly to ensure even cooking.

Cutting the chicken too thick can lead to unevenly cooked pieces, while cutting it too thin may cause the chicken to dry out during cooking.

Insufficient seasoning of the chicken breasts

Before cooking, make sure to season your chicken breasts with salt and black pepper liberally.

Proper seasoning helps boost the flavor of the dish.

Don’t be afraid to use a generous hand when seasoning, but be mindful not to overdo it.

Adding too much flour to the cooking liquid

While preparing the sauce, be cautious when adding flour, as too much can result in a floury taste.

Gradually add small amounts and whisk thoroughly to avoid clumps.

Aim to achieve a smooth and slightly thickened consistency.

Overcooking the onion mix

The onions should be cooked until they’re soft and translucent.

Overcooking the onion mix can lead to a mushy texture and a loss of flavor, so be careful not to cook them too long or on too high heat.

Using low-quality Riesling wine

Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling’s key component is Riesling wine, so be sure to use a high-quality wine for the best results.

A lower-quality wine can negatively impact the final taste of the dish.

Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling feat

Cheesecake Factory Chicken Riesling Recipe

If you're looking to recreate a delicious, restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home, the Cheesecake Factory's Chicken Riesling recipe might be just what you're searching for.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Equipment
  • 1 Large skillet
  • 1 wooden spoon
Ingredients
  
  • 4 chicken thighs or breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 125 g pancetta sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup dry Riesling wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions
 
  • Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, ensuring they are evenly coated.
    You can opt for chicken thighs or breasts, depending on your preference.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet or pan over medium-high heat.
    Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, and once it is heated, add the seasoned chicken pieces.
    Cook until they turn golden brown on both sides.
    Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and set it aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the sliced onions and pancetta.
    Cook until the onions become translucent and the pancetta starts to get crispy.
    Use a wooden spoon to stir and scrape the pieces off the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in the sliced mushrooms and minced garlic.
    Cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender.
  • Pour in the dry Riesling wine and chicken broth into the skillet.
    Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium.
    Allow the wine and broth to reduce by half, which will take about 10 minutes.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of flour with a small amount of water to make a paste.
    Add this flour paste into the skillet, stirring continuously to avoid any lumps.
    Stir in the heavy cream and grated Parmesan cheese until the sauce thickens and becomes smooth.
    Season the sauce with salt and pepper as desired.
  • Place the cooked chicken back into the skillet with the sauce, ensuring that it is well coated.
    Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and the flavors are well combined.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish the Chicken Riesling with fresh parsley.
    Serve it alongside your favorite side dishes, such as mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables, and enjoy this classic, hearty meal from the Cheesecake Factory.

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