Cajun Grill Bourbon Chicken Recipe

Drink the bourbon and get delivery, or save the whiskey for this delectable Cajun Cafe recipe with bourbon and enjoy your meal!

Chicken should be marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, ginger powder, dried minced onion, whiskey, and white wine for several hours (best overnight). Chicken should be baked at 350°F for an hour in a single layer with the marinade, basting every ten minutes. Remove chicken. Scrape pan juices with all the brown bits into a frying pan. Heat. Add 2 tablespoons white wine. Stir. Add chicken. Cook for 1 minute.

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BEST Cajun Bourbon Chicken Recipe | Kelly’s Cajun Grill Copycat

Copycat Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken Bites 🔗

Spicy and sweet, Copycat Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken Bites are tender chunks of chicken cooked in a bourbon and brown sugar sauce. They will melt in your mouth.

Prep: 10min

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: calories 300 kcal, Carbohydrate 20 g, Protein 32 g, Fat 6 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 96 mg, Sodium 654 mg, Sugar 18 g, servingSize 1 serving


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (olive or canola oil can be used)
  • 2 pounds chicken (cubed, thighs or breast*)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (fresh, minced )
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4-1/3 cup bourbon ( — or apple or cranberry juice*)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (dissolved in water, just enough to dissolve it 2-3 tablespoons)


  1. Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Remove any excess fat or skin.
  2. In a large saute pan or skillet heat the coconut oil on medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook on medium stirring every couple of minutes until the juices have cooked off. The chicken should be a little brown. This will take 8-10 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, combine the ginger, garlic, pepper, soy, bourbon, water, vinegar, and brown sugar. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add the bourbon mixture to the chicken and stir well. Allow the liquid to come to a boil and then turn the heat down to medium. Simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes so that the alcohol cooks off.
  5. Dissolve the cornstarch in water and add to the pan. Stir to combine. This will thicken the sauce. It will thicken it quickly so be ready to serve everything at this point.
  6. Serve with rice or noodles.
  7. *read the post above for details on substitutions


What is bourbon chicken sauce made of?

The sauce’s secret ingredients are garlic, ginger, chicken stock, bourbon, soy sauce, brown sugar, and three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. At first glance, the sauce will seem excessive, but it cooks down and reduces nicely.

What is Cajun chicken made of?

Why Is It Called Bourbon Chicken? According to legend, the dish was made famous in a Chinese restaurant that was situated on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, hence the capitalization of the word “Bourbon” in the name.

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