Bourbon Chicken has a mouth-watering aroma and a semi-sweet taste. This chicken is also commonly found at Cajun-themed Chinese restaurants. It is usually prepared from bite-sized pieces of boneless chicken which have been marinated, cooked and served in a special sauce that usually contains whiskey.
Some people think that the name for this recipe came from the name of the main street in New Orleans. The name actually comes from Kentucky where most of the world’s bourbon whiskey is made and barreled.
- 6 chicken breast halves, coneless and skinless*
- 1 cup bourbon whiskey
- 1/2 cup (firmly packed) dark brown sugar
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- Salt and black pepper to taste
Place chicken breasts, in a single layer, into an ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, combine whiskey, sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, salt, and pepper. Pour bourbon marinade over chicken breasts. Cover and marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes or refrigerate to marinate longer (turning meat over several times).
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Makes 6 servings.
* The U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as food agencies in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, advises against washing poultry. Rinsing chicken will not remove or kill much bacteria, and the splashing of water around the sink can spread the bacteria found in raw chicken. Cooking poultry to 165 degrees Fahrenheit effectively destroys the most common culprits behind food-borne illness.
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