Recipe of the Week – Grilled Bourbon Chicken

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These Grilled Bourbon Chicken breasts are marinaded with soy sauce, Bourbon, brown sugar, ginger and spices. Add these to your grill this Memorial Day weekend for the perfect addition to your BBQ!


Use cheaper Bourbon like Jim Beam, Wild Turkey or Old Crow for cooking.


  • The longer it marinates the better it tastes! I marinaded it for 12 hours but you can even do it overnight.
  • If you don’t have a gas grill, you can make this on a grill pan or under the broiler.
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs would be great in place of chicken breasts. Increase the cook time to about 20 minutes, turning often if doing so.
  • To make without alcohol you can eliminate the bourbon.


  • 2 pounds (4) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup low sodium or gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (I like Bragg’s)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • sliced scallions, for garnish


  1. Place the chicken breasts, 1 at a time, in a Ziploc bag. Pound the chicken breast to an even thickness, being careful not to puncture the bag. Put breasts in the bag.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, apple sauce, onion, ginger, garlic, oil, bourbon, BBQ sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and red pepper flakes. Reserve and refrigerate 1/3 cup of the marinade and transfer the remainder to the Ziploc bag with the chicken. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 30 minutes or as long as overnight (the longer the better!! I marinated mine 12 hours).
  3. Preheat outdoor grill over medium high heat. Discard the marinade in the bag and grill the chicken for 4 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate, tent with foil and allow to rest while you make the sauce.
  4. Put reserved 1/3 cup marinade in a small sauce pan. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, reduced heat to medium-low until sauce has thickened slightly, 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Slice chicken breast, top with sauce, scallions and serve.

Nutritional info accounts for the marinade that gets tossed.


Yield: 4 Servings, Serving Size: 1 breast

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 381 calories
  • Total Fat: 9.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Cholesterol: 130mg
  • Sodium: 724.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 12.5g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Protein: 51g

Recipe courtesy of Skinny Taste


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