The Main: Roast chicken, pre Christmas Style for our Autumn style pre Christmas Dinner Party with Bacco Wines

October 24, 2018 in At Home, Singapore, Table Tales Singapore

The Main: Roast chicken, pre Christmas Style for our Autumn style pre Christmas Dinner Party with Bacco Wines

October 24, 2018 in At Home, Singapore, Table Tales Singapore

The Main: Roast chicken, pre Christmas Style for our Autumn style pre Christmas Dinner Party with Bacco Wines

With christmas around the corner, this is the best time of the year to throw a stunning dinner party – or to cook up a few delicious dishes. Inspiration taken from autumn: warm or cold. We embark on a celebration of this season with easy to make dishes and delicious wines to pair. All set to impress your family & friends or just have an amazing meal!!

We asked Daan from @wineandcooking to give us his recommendation for an Autumn style pre Christmas Dinner Party, paired with wines from Bacco Wines. 


This 4 course menu is easy to make and all dishes are individually as delicious. The dishes are focused on Autumn and trying to provide the ideal pre-xmas dinner party. Much of the prep you can do in advance, so it’s easy done when your guests arrive. Not in the mood for a 4 course dinner: all dishes are good on their own, simple to create yet delicious. Try out the wines to match and let us know what you think? For special discounts on the featured wines, keep reading!

Asian Mushrooms on Toast
Pojer & Sandri Brut

Ricotta, Tomato, Crispy Parmesan & Parma
Jasci & Marchesani, Trebbiano D’ Abruzzo

Roast Chicken
Sesta Di Sopra, Rossa di Montalcino 2012

Chocolate Mousse with hidden Fresh Fruits

The Main: Roast chicken, pre Christmas Style!

Roast chicken. So simple, so delicious. And who doesn’t love it? We don’t want to spoil the real Christmas party yet, so this is a simple dish to get in the mood. And we are in Singapore: so nothing too heavy. That is why we use lemon & thyme only. Plus those typical winter veggies like onions, carrots and garlic.


  1. Stuff the chicken with the lemon and thyme.
  2. Cut all veggies and place in your tray.
  3. Rub the chicken with olive oil, pepper and salt.
  4. Bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes, at this point you turn the veggies and make sure the chicken stays moist by using the juices.
  5. Cook for another 30 minutes.
  6. Check if the chicken is done by piercing it with a knife, if the juices run free: done!
  7. Once cooked, transfer and cook the veggies a bit longer if needed.
  8. To look like a pro: carve table-side!!


  • Whole chicken, about 1.6kg
  • 400gr carrots, cut
  • 4 onions, cut in half
  • 1 bulb of garlic, skin on, slightly crushed
  • 1 lemon
  • Thyme

The wine: Sesta Di Sopra, Rossa di Montalcino 2012

Let’s talk wine. This is the main dish, so you need to have a great wine! In wine pairing you either complement or counter. As this dish is delicate and not super pronounced we want the same for our wine: so nothing too high on spices or tannins.

Near Montalcino lies the village of Castelnuovo dell’Abate. Yup, that is exactly how you image Italy’s countryside: beautiful ancient villages with olive trees, vineyards, and delicious food. Perfect for Sangiovese.

The wine is deep red, fruit forward and has complexity from the oak treatment. Medium tannins and medium intensity. All with a very long finish which will compliment the delicate flavours of the chicken. The hint of thyme will be balanced by the light spices of the wine: super combination – woh!


All dishes above are paired with Italian wines from our wine partner Bacco Wines. Want to get the wines featured in this article?
Head over the, order a case of 6 bottles including at least 1 of the above* and get 10% off your entire order with voucher TTSG19. Make sure you've registered yourself as a member via to get the members pricing!

*pending stock availability

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    About The Author: Daan Suijlen

    Daan is a Food & Wine writer, home chef and certified sommelier (WSET). His passion for food started at an early age - cooking with his grandmother. These days he focuses on food & wine pairing: recipes that are easily done and paired with an interesting wine. He loves to tell the stories behind the wines and tries to explain the logic of the wine and food combination. It's all about great food with even better wine! Follow @wineandcooking for everyday posts about wine and food, and please share yours!

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