Bourbon Chicken

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I have to admit I am such a sucker for Cajun food. It’s just one of those heritage things that I know my best friend/cousin Chelsea gets. Like the time we had friends in from New Zealand and decide on a whim to buy a 40 pound bag of crawfish and purge them.  We also did Cajun style turkey. While I love all of the above I do think that the Bourbon Chicken has to be one of my most favorite Cajun recipes. Do you have a Cajun favorite?

Bourbon Chicken

Alligator! Fried gator is another Cajun favorite. When we head out to eat that is probably the most ordered dish in my house excluding my daughter cause she is allergic to seafood. I have yet to find alligator in the stores where I can buy it and cook it myself.

Anywho! This recipe for bourbon chicken is not a recipe I have made in quite a few years. I thought it would be a change to our menu. To my surprise, my entire family devoured it, got kisses, and told it needs to be on the menu every week. I think I need to make Cajun food a little more often!

Bourbon Chicken

Use Bourbon

Yes, I do use bourbon in this rice. Why yes I feed it to my kids. The alcohol burns off when you cook just in case your concerned. I completely understand some fears about it but I assure you it’s safe.

I love to pair the bourbon chicken with red beans and rice. While I am not adding the recipe today for the red beans and rice I do assure you that soon I will add it. Of course, if it takes me to long you can always bug me in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook. You can find those links to your upper right.

My bacon spatula helped me make this dish. I just have to show you because it is super cool and these spatula’s are hands down one of my favorite tools in the kitchen!

Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken

Jenne Kopalek
Sweet and savory chicken made with a bourbon sauce.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 1055 kcal


  • 4 lbs boneless chicken breasts cut into ½ cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons garlic chili sauce with crushed red pepper in it
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • cup bourbon
  • cup soy sauce


  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken pieces, garlic and ginger; cook until lightly browned. Add garlic chili sauce, apple cider, ketchup, cider vinegar, soy sauce, and bourbon. Cook for a few minutes until sauce starts to thicken some.
  • Add in brown sugar and lower heat to simmer for 15 minutes until sauce sticks well to chicken. Serve with red beans and rice or anything other Cajun favorite.
Keyword Bourbon, Chicken, Dinner

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  1. This was excellent. I didn’t change a thing. It was so simple to prepare and loaded with flavor. I’ll be making this often. Thanks LinMarie