Bring the great flavors of New Orleans to your home with this savory recipe: Bourbon Chicken. It’s a great idea if boneless skinless chicken is your usual go-to, but you want something a little different than the same-old, same-old. It does take a little planning ahead, but it is easy to make, and actual cooking and prep time only adds up to about an hour.
If you love the flavors of the Deep South or just love cooking with spirits, boy, do I have the recipe for you! It does require a bit of lengthy marinating, but I assure you that it is well worth it, and no back-breaking or complicated cooking steps are required.
As it is with so many Southern yarns, the story of how Bourbon Chicken came into being depends on who exactly you ask and how creative a storyteller the person is (“It was THIS BIG, I tell you!”). I believe that the most popular origin story is that a Chinese cook working on Bourbon Street fell in love with all of the Louisiana flavors and decided to incorporate them into his signature dish. All that I know for sure is that it is named both for Bourbon Street and for the quintessential Southern booze that gives it its delicious, distinct flavor. Contrary to what many a mall food court vendor might tell you, it isn’t truly Cajun or Creole, but the great taste of New Orleans and the Deep South is most definitely in there.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Pinch of Yum
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Quick tip: If you prefer chicken breasts over chicken thighs, you can use them for this recipe.