Straight off of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, this tender bourbon chicken is covered in a slightly sweet sauce with a little kick. It’s a true taste of the South you won’t be able to resist.
I had my first taste of bourbon chicken in a mall in Florida. I walked around for 20 minutes looking at all the different food court options, not feeling like any of them, and I finally gave in to the lady that had tried to hand me a sample of this chicken three times. Twice, I looked at the giant aluminum pan full of some watery brown liquid and sloshy chicken and though “nope”. But I was beat down, and hungry, so I gave in. And it was freaking incredible.
I got a giant plate of it, ignored my inner cricket that was telling me there was no way to know how long that chicken had been sloshing there, and I inhaled the entire plate in record time. It became something I looked forward to every trip to Florida.
In the last couple of years we got a chain up here in Canada that sells it too… but they aren’t that common, and the closest mall to me that has it is always a DISASTER to go to – way too damn busy to be enjoyable at all (yeah, I’m looking at you Vaughan Mills).
Incredibly, it took me this long, like, a solid 5 years to think “Wait a minute, I can cook. I can just cook this for myself”. Some days the light is dim.
From start to finish it’s only 50 minutes, and 30 of that is completely hands off while it simmers away, building flavour and thickening. If you want it even easier, I’ve included directions to make this in the slow cooker too. Just see the notes section of the recipe! Serve it with some rice, and you’ve got an incredible, easy meal that will top anything you see sloshing around in a food court.