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Maple Bourbon Chicken with Bacon Served Over Rice and Garnished with Green Onion

Maple Bourbon Chicken with Bacon

This is a truly decadent dish. Chicken is coated with a flavorful mixture, fried lightly in bacon fat and then covered in an amazing sauce made with maple syrup and bourbon. Mouth watering I tell ya!
Course Chicken and Turkey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 341kcal
Author Barb


  • 6 strips thick-cut bacon

For the Chicken

  • 3 lb. chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp cayenne I used a tsp but only if you really like heat 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • ½ cup flour

To Make the Sauce and Finish the Dish:

  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 6 Tbsp bourbon


  • Cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces and fry it until it is crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  • Reserve about 1/4 cup of the bacon fat in the pan for frying the chicken.
  • To Make the Chicken
  • Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces.
  • Put the chicken into a large bowl.
  • Mix the cayenne, garlic, white pepper, and parsley.
  • Coat the chicken with the spices and then add the flour and mix enough to coat again.
  • Set the pan with the bacon fat back on the stove over high heat. Get the bacon fat nice and hot. but not smoking.
  • When the fat is hot, add your chicken to the pan. (To test, add one piece; it should sizzle)
  • Let the chicken cook, untouched, for about 3 minutes until the edges start to become opaque.
  • You want to create a gorgeous brown crust on the bottom.
  • Flip each piece over and fry for about another 3 minutes.
  • To Finish the Dish
  • Pour the maple syrup over the chicken; it will bubble.
  • Sprinkle with the cooked bacon.
  • Toss the whole thing together to coat the chicken and bacon. Let cook on high heat for another 2 minutes.
  • Pour the whiskey into the pan (have a lid handy in case it flares up; just cover with the lid).
  • Let the whiskey bubble for a minute or two, then toss to combine everything.
  • Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the maple syrup and whiskey have coated the chicken with the amazing sauce.
  • Serve over white, buttered rice.
  • Garnish with sliced green onion.
  • Devour.


Serving: 1grams | Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 351mg | Sugar: 25g