Sweet Smoky Cajun Bourbon BBQ Chicken

barbara lentz


This is awesome BBQ sauce. You need lots of napkins with this


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15 Min
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chicken thighs bone in
3 Tbsp
olive oil
4 clove
garlic minced
1 large
shallot chopped
1/2 c
bourbon whiskey
1 c
chili sauce
1/2 c
3 Tbsp
lemon juice
1 tsp
2 Tbsp
cajun seasoning
2 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp
liquid smoke
1 stick
cold butter cut into 8 pieces

How to Make Sweet Smoky Cajun Bourbon BBQ Chicken


  • 1Place olive oil in large skillet. Season chicken with salt and place in olive oil and sear to get the skin brown and crispy. Remove chicken and transfer to a baking pan with a rack or set aside to cook on grill.
  • 2In the same skillet you cooked the chicken deglaze with 1/4 cup Bourbon Whiskey scraping up bits. Add the shallots and garlic and cook until softened.
  • 3Mix together the remaining ingredients except butter with the other 1/4 cup Bourbon. Add to pan and cook until thickened a bit.
  • 4Slowly add the butter one pat at a time whisking constantly and let each pat melt before adding another. Keep whisking to incorporate all the butter.
  • 5Brush the chicken with the sauce and place in preheated 400 degree oven. Continue to baste with sauce turning the chicken until done about 20 minutes.
  • 6Tip: This recipe is best when the chicken is cooked on a rack or grill because of the richness of the sauce. It tends to be too oily if the chicken sets in its own juices while it bakes.

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About Sweet Smoky Cajun Bourbon BBQ Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole

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