Crispy Bourbon Chicken


6 pieces

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  • 1/2 cup Bourbon

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (packed)

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

  • 3/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 dash sea salt (to taste)

  • 1 dash black pepper, ground (to taste)

  • 8 chicken thighs (bone in, skin on, trimmed of excess fat)

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • Whisk bourbon, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, Cajun seasoning, garlic, cornstarch, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper in a bowl until sugar has dissolved.
  • Pat chicken dry with paper towel and season with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook chicken, skin-side down, until skin is well browned and crisp, 15-20 minutes. Carefully turn chicken skin-side up and cook over medium heat until meat registers 175F, 5-8 minutes. Transfer chicken to platter.
  • Pour off excess fat from skillet and add bourbon mixture, simmering until thickened, about 2 minutes.


  • The bourbon force is strong with this one, if you aren’t a huge bourbon fan (why are you even looking at this recipe?) you might want to dilute the sauce with water or apple juice.