Bourbon Chicken

I know I’ve been on a Mardi Gras recipe rampage this past week here on the site, but I have just one more to share with you guys. And this one is wonderful any time of year! I remember getting Bourbon Chicken in the mall food court in Annapolis when I was growing up – at a place called The Big Easy. Even though my teenage heart was prone to Sbarro, I couldn’t resist the tender chicken in the rich sauce over a bed of rice once I’d tried it. They liked to suck you in with samples as you walked by!

I got to thinking about those days a few weeks ago, and tried my hand at making it at home. I’ve tried to make it once or twice before, but the recipes I’d used always fell short. Mainly due to the fact that none of them contained bourbon, I’d imagine. Now, from what I understand – the dish is named after the street in New Orleans…not the liquor. But, knowing those crazy Cajuns – why wouldn’t they use bourbon given the chance?

So I threw some of that in the sauce, changed a few of the ingredient ratios to get it where I wanted it – and I’m happy to report that this recipe is a winner! I only had chicken breasts, but am really looking forward to trying it with thighs next time – because they really are more tender and juicy. But, it was still great with the boobs. We all enjoyed it, and have already had a request or two since I made it a few weeks ago. So it will definitely be on the menu again soon! If you’re looking for something relatively quick and easy to make tomorrow night to celebrate Mardi Gras and New Orleans – add this to the menu!

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  1. Posted March 3, 2014 at 1:54 PM | Permalink

    My husband is the same way, on the way to Sbarro he always tries the samples and loves them! I will have to make this, soon!

  2. Posted March 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM | Permalink

    Yum, perfect for Mardi Gras.

  3. Posted March 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

    I love cooking and baking with Bourbon…such great flavors. Can’t wait to try this!

  4. Sue
    Posted March 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM | Permalink

    Hint, hint
    You may have already been nominated for best regional and best baking. 🙂

  5. Sarah
    Posted May 29, 2014 at 7:54 PM | Permalink

    I’ve looked at so many cooking sites…but the way you said “it was good with the boobs” has officially made me a follower of your site 🙂

    can’t wait to try this recipe!

  6. Posted January 16, 2015 at 10:59 AM | Permalink

    I have lived in Singapore for 26 years, and I too thought this recipe tasted great — just like the real deal! The only change I would make is to thicken the sauce a bit with 1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tsp cold water.

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