Mildly Sweet Whiskey Chicken


A quick whiskey chicken that has so many uses, whether by itself, over rice, or in pasta. A great dinner or lunch meal. Again it's best to BBQ the chicken, and you can remove the garlic cloves if desired; they are only there to infuse flavor into the sauce.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 2 pounds chicken thighs

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 ¼ cups pineapple juice

  • 3 tablespoons bourbon whiskey, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons butter, or to taste

  • 2 large mushrooms, sliced


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  2. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.

  3. Cook the chicken thighs until no longer pink in the center and somewhat charred on the outside, about 7 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  4. Let chicken cool until able to handle easily, cut into strips, and put into a large glass bowl.

  5. Stir pineapple juice, bourbon whiskey, soy sauce, garlic cloves, brown sugar, and black pepper together in a saucepan over medium-low heat; stir until the sugar dissolves, bring to a simmer, and cook until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.

  6. While the sauce simmers, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Saute mushrooms in hot butter until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir into the simmering sauce.

  7. Pour the mushrooms and sauce over the chicken strips and toss to coat.

Cook's Notes:

Try apple juice instead of pineapple for a less-sweet version.

For a thicker sauce, whisk 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch together and stir into the sauce while it simmers.

Editor's Note:

YYou can also broil the chicken thighs. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Lightly grease a roasting pan or sheet pan; arrange chicken in pan and broil, turning once, about 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the largest thigh should reach at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

324 Calories
17g Fat
10g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 324
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 424mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 339mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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