Mildly Sweet Whiskey Chicken Recipe -
Mildly Sweet Whiskey Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Mildly Sweet Whiskey Chicken

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"A quick whiskey chicken that has so many uses, whether by itself, over rice, or in pasta. A great dinner or lunch meal. Again it's best to BBQ the chicken, and you can remove the garlic cloves if desired; they are only there to leech flavor into the sauce."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook the chicken thighs until no longer pink in the center and somewhat charred on the outside, about 7 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  4. Let chicken cool until able to handle easily, cut into strips, and put into a large glass bowl.
  5. Stir pineapple juice, bourbon whiskey, soy sauce, garlic cloves, brown sugar, and black pepper together in a saucepan over medium-low heat; stir until the sugar dissolves, bring to a simmer, and cook until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. While the sauce simmers, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Saute mushrooms in hot butter until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir into the simmering sauce.
  7. Pour the mushrooms and sauce over the chicken strips and toss to coat.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • Try apple juice instead of pineapple for a less-sweet version.
  • For a thicker sauce, whisk 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch together and stir into the sauce while it simmers.

Reviews More Reviews

May 25, 2014

WOW! Made this exactly as receipe called for. We used Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey for the bourbon whiskey. We made rice and grilled veggies (a blend of green peppers, onions, carrots, & brussel sprouts)to go with the.chicken. We ended up making it layered with rice, then veggies, and topped with chicken and sauce. It was so delicious and surpassed my expectations. It was so light tasting for a summer day. I also think it would be an to make.while out camping as well! Will DEFINITELY do this again and will recommend friends!

Jul 19, 2015

I was trying to replicate a sweet whiskey sauce that a local restaurant uses for their chicken sandwich. I found this recipe and thought it might be close. There are a few things I did differently. I marinated the chicken for a while before grilling. I added extra brown sugar and also honey. I also ditched the mushrooms in favor of onions since onions seemed more appropriate for a sweet dish than mushrooms. The result didn't quite turn out like what I was trying for, but it was still very good for a first attempt. Next time I will try to make it sweeter and I will use less pepper. I like spicy foods, but there are plenty of other sweet and spicy chicken recipes out there and I wasn't expecting spicy with this one. One note on preparation: Since I marinated the chicken, I obviously had the liquid ready before grilling. I recommend doing it this way to cut down on overall cooking time. Get the sauce simmering before the chicken even goes on the grill, otherwise it will take even longer than the 45 minutes this recipe indicates.


6 Ratings

Dec 28, 2014

GREAT taste! Made this last night with a few substitutions. Didn't have pineapple or apple juice so used white cranberry juice and the new Apple Crown. Everyone loved it! My wife, who doesn't like mushrooms, ate several of them. Apparently, the thicker mushrooms have a better taste/texture for her.

Jul 21, 2014

Very good! I added the cornstarch as I like my sauces thick and I used chicken breast but otherwise followed the recipe. Next time I will grill whatever veggies I have on hand and try a little less soy sauce t suite my own taste.


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  • Calories
  • 324 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.1 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 98 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 17.1 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 26.3 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 398 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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