Grilled Bourbon Chicken

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Grilled Bourbon Chicken breasts are marinaded with soy sauce, Bourbon, brown sugar, ginger and spices then grilled until slightly caramelized on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken breasts are marinaded with soy sauce, Bourbon, brown sugar, ginger and spices then grilled until slightly caramelized on the outside and juicy on the inside.
BBQ Bourbon Chicken

This recipe takes boring grilled chicken to a whole new level! The inspiration came from the popular mall dish, Bourbon Chicken, a dish I used to get as a teenager at my local mall’s Cajun-themed Chinese restaurant. I served it over cauliflower rice, but it would also be great with brown rice.

Other chicken recipes we love are Grilled Chicken Shawarma and Grilled Chicken Salad with peanut vinaigrette.

Rather than stir frying, and using all that oil and sugar they typically use in the dish, I lightened it up and made it on the grill with a lot less sugar. This chicken is so deliciously flavorful with hints of bourbon flavor.

What kind of bourbon to use for cooking?

I save my better Bourbon like Knob Creek for sipping, and use cheaper Bourbon like Jim Beam, Wild Turkey or Old Crow for cooking with.

Tips for making the BEST Grilled Bourbon Chicken

  • The longer it marinates the better it tastes! I marinaded it for 12 hours but you can even do it overnight.
  • If you don’t have a gas grill, you can make this on a grill pan or under the broiler.
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs would be great in place of chicken breasts. Increase the cook time to about 20 minutes, turning often if doing so.
  • To make without alcohol you can eliminate the bourbon.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken breasts are marinaded with soy sauce, Bourbon, brown sugar, ginger and spices then grilled until slightly caramelized on the outside and juicy on the inside.

This recipe takes boring grilled chicken to a whole new level!Grilled Bourbon Chicken breasts are marinaded with soy sauce, Bourbon, brown sugar, ginger and spices then grilled until slightly caramelized on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken breasts are marinaded with soy sauce, Bourbon, brown sugar, ginger and spices then grilled until slightly caramelized on the outside and juicy on the inside.

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Grilled Bourbon Chicken breasts are marinaded with soy sauce, Bourbon, brown sugar, ginger and spices then grilled until slightly caramelized on the outside and juicy on the inside.
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Grilled Bourbon Chicken

381 Cals 51 Protein 12.5 Carbs 9.5 Fats
Prep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 4 Servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Chinese, Japanese
Grilled Bourbon Chicken breasts are marinaded with soy sauce, Bourbon, brown sugar, ginger and spices then grilled until slightly caramelized on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup low sodium or gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, I like Bragg’s
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • sliced scallions, for garnish

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breasts, 1 at a time, in a Ziploc bag. Pound the chicken breast to an even thickness, being careful not to puncture the bag. Put breasts in the bag.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, apple sauce, onion, ginger, garlic, oil, bourbon, BBQ sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and red pepper flakes.
  • Reserve and refrigerate 1/3 cup of the marinade and transfer the remainder to the Ziploc bag with the chicken. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 30 minutes or as long as overnight (the longer the better!! I marinated mine 12 hours).
  • Preheat outdoor grill over medium high heat. Discard the marinade in the bag and grill the chicken for 4 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate, tent with foil and allow to rest while you make the sauce.
  • Put reserved 1/3 cup marinade in a small sauce pan. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, reduced heat to medium-low until sauce has thickened slightly, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Slice chicken breast, top with sauce, scallions and serve.

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Notes

Nutritional info accounts for the marinade that gets tossed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1breast, Calories: 381kcal, Carbohydrates: 12.5g, Protein: 51g, Fat: 9.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 130mg, Sodium: 724.5mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 8g
WW Points Plus: 9
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147 comments

  1. I’m curious if I could use a brown sugar substitute like monkfruit instead of the real thing

  2. Anyone have an idea what I can substitute for Bourbon?

  3. Can u use bone in chicken thighs?

  4. Looked & smelled great! Anyone else have issue with sauce thickening?

  5. I have 6 kids (mostly grown now) who are all picky eaters in their own way. I have made SO many bourbon chicken recipes over the years…THIS is the one. Thank you!!

  6. This was delicious! We made it for a bourbon themed dinner party and everyone loved it. I swapped Bragg’s Coconut Aminos for the soy because of an allergy, but it turned out fantastic. We marinated the breasts for about 10 hours and the chicken had great flavor and was very juicy. Thank you for the recipe!

  7. We tried this tonight. I used 4.5 pounds of chicken, doubled the sauce, and threw it all in the crockpot. Yum! It was a winner, and we have enough leftovers for tomorrow.

  8. Sounds yummy! Gina, did you use your homemade Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce in this?

  9. So much flavor!! I made it exactly as listed except I cooked it in the oven. I was too lazy to BBQ. I marinated it for an hour.  But, it was so tasty. I can only imagine if I marinated it overnight it would be o so delicious. 

  10. Wow! Another big hit! Made this for a BBQ pool party we had for Memorial Day. The only change I made is that we cooked it on our Traeger. It was amazing! Will be making again and again! Had so many guests comment “best chicken ever!”

  11. I needed to get away from the same chicken dishes, so when I found this it looked interesting — the Whole family LOVED it! The key is def to let the chicken marinate for hours, let the acid from the vinegar really break it down and your chicken will be so tender and flavorful! I grilled them on my Pampered Chef Double Burner grill pan — the extra sauce was great, especially on the side of rice. I added a little more brown sugar when heating the sauce.

  12. Great flavor! Will definitely add this to our regular rotation.