6 chicken breast halves, boneless 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 freshly-squeezed lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Salt and black pepper to taste
* 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.
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.
Bake chicken (with the marinade), uncovered, 20 to 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (juices will run clear when cut with the tip of a knife); basting several times during cooking. Removefrom oven and serve immediately.
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Makes 6 servings.