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Zesty Drunken Chicken

Zesty Drunken Chicken

Zesty Drunken Chicken

My teenage daughter said, “It’s so good, I can’t quit eating it!”. This from a child who wouldn’t eat anything but macaroni and cheese, pizza and hot dogs growing up. Those are words that make a mother’s heart shine!

This chicken is more than the sum of its’ parts and it’s a little bit magic! I didn’t taste the whiskey or the preserves or the BBQ sauce or the Worcestershire sauce – but its in there –see the magic! When these things are all combined, whoot whoot! The delicious melding of flavors makes the top of my head tingle! The best thing is that there is enough sauce left to pour over potatoes or rice (or sop up with bread or dip your fingers in or… you fill in the blank!).

By the way, if you are concerned about the peppers, just add as much as you think your family will want – but please add a little – it amps up the flavor! The first time I made this, I used two jalapeño’s with the seeds and ribs removed. There was barely any heat at all. The next time, I left the seeds and ribs in, which was just about right for us. For this episode, I’m using some peppers that my friend gave me (see the preserving peppers page  and I hope that the three little peppers are about equal to the two jalapeños – I guess we will see in about an hour and half!

On another note – if you are concerned about the whiskey at all – then just use an equivalent amount of chicken stock and 2-5 drops of liquid smoke. What you should know though is that the alcohol cooks off very quickly and you will not be feeding your family an alcohol laden dish! No worries there.

Zesty Drunken Chicken

Zesty Drunken Chicken

Serving suggestions:

Pair with a starch of some kind – we like mashed potatoes, but rice, egg noodles, crusty bread,  sweet potatoes – well, anything starchy would be delish!

A lovely green salad works well too.

Leftover suggestions:

I have frozen the leftovers and then reheated – that worked very well.

Shred the chicken and mix with some of the sauce to make a chicken sloppy joe – serve with French fries. Yum!

This recipe makes a bunch of sauce, more than you will use. I have some frozen to use for gravy when I don’t have any!

I hope your family will enjoy this as much as mine did!

Let’s eat ya’ll!

“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31

Zesty Drunken Chicken

Zesty Drunken Chicken

cooked chicken in sauce on top of mashed potatoes

Zesty Drunken Chicken

A tangy sweet bourbon style chicken.  You will be so surprised that you were able to cook this delicious dish so quickly! 
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zesty drunken chicken, bourbon chicken
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 220kcal


  • Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • ½ yellow onion - chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 Tbs grated ginger
  • 2 jalapeño peppers – large dice your choice with or without the seeds and ribs
  • ¾ Cup Whiskey
  • ½ Cup apricot preserves
  • 1 Cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ - 1 Cup chicken broth
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 whole chicken cut into pieces or equivalent amount of chicken parts – DO NOT use boneless chicken pieces.


  • Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 300.
  • On medium heat on stove top in a dutch oven, heat olive oil and butter. When butter is melted, add the onion and cook till translucent. Add garlic, jalapeno and ginger and cook for 2 mins.
  • Add Whiskey all at once and cook until it is reduced by about half.
  • Add apricot preserves, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce and ½ Cup Chicken Broth and heat through.
  • While heating, salt and pepper the chicken.
  • Add the chicken to the sauce and submerge completely into the sauce. If the sauce is not enough to cover, add the remaining chicken broth.
  • Cover the dutch oven and place in the oven to cook for 1 ½ hours.


Serve this dish over noodles or rice for the best results. 
Spoon extra "gravy" over the entire dish to serve.


Nutrition Facts
Zesty Drunken Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

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Friday 2nd of February 2018



Sunday 13th of March 2016

What style of bbq sauce do you use with this recipe....sweet, smokey....???

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 13th of March 2016

Hi Marcia! Thanks for visiting! I generally use something like Sweet Baby Rays - so sweet. I think either would work just fine though - but not the vinegar based bbq sauce. Hope that helps! This IS a great dish - especially if you have a crowd to feed!


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