These Bourbon and Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders will blow your mind. They are sweet from the sugar and bourbon and spicy from the chile powder. I am not even talking about the juiciness and tenderness of these little guys!
Yesterday, when I was cleaning up the house, I found an unfinished bottle of bourbon. It was surprising, and at the same time, not surprising at all. Surprising, because I can’t even remember when me or my hubby bought it! It was, most probably, sitting there for over a year or so. Not surprising, because my hubby and I are not too keen on drinking. We have some wine or champagne occasionally, but nothing stronger. That’s why unfinished bottles of alcohol are a frequent occurrence at our house. They are left after various parties and nobody wants to finish them! Well, but not this bourbon bottle. Nobody that I know likes bourbon, so this one was clearly bought for cooking.
You see, I am not a fan of strong alcohol, but I love cooking with it. Especially with bourbon. I even made 3 recipes with this whiskey for the blog: Bourbon Glazed Salmon, Bourbon Chicken, and Bourbon Pecan Crusted Salmon. Needless to say, all of them were perfect. But wait a second. Two recipes with salmon and only one with chicken? I am going to correct this mistake right now!
Let me present you these fantastic Bourbon Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders. Aren’t they sexy? They should be, because I adapted the recipe from this funny cookbook, a parody of one well known movie, called “Fifty Shades of Chicken“. I can’t disclose the name of the movie though, sorry guys. I got this book few weeks ago and I must say that it’s not only super funny, but the recipes there are amazing too!
This bourbon brown sugar chicken is a wonderful combination of sweet and spicy. The chicken pieces are so tender and juicy! Bourbon once again does the job for me. I will have to buy another bottle just to have it at home in case I crave these little guys someday. Try them NOW!
- 1 1/2 lb (700g) boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon chile powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- freshly squeezed lemon juice , for drizzling
- chives (optional), for garnish
Cut the chicken breasts into about 1-inch wide strips.
In a bowl, combine the chile powder, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Add the chicken pieces and mix until coated. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for 1 hour in a fridge.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Get a baking pan ready and layer it with parchment paper. In a saucepan, bring brown sugar, honey, and bourbon to boil. Pour half the mixture over the chicken and toss it.
Add the chicken slices to the baking pan and bake for 10 minutes. Turn over the chicken tenders, drizzle with a little bit of bourbon mixture and bake for 15 minutes more.
Brush with the remaining glaze, sprinkle with some chives and serve. Enjoy!