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Chicken Pad Thai

Isn’t it about time we stopped relying on take out to get Pad Thai and making it at home instead? This veggie and chicken version will leave you wanting to make it at home time and time again!

I will be the first to admit this is an Americanized version of Pad Thai. There’s no tamarind paste in this recipe, instead you’ll find vinegar and lime juice. I replaced the traditional palm sugar with dark brown sugar (which is also part of the tamarind substitution. Light-brown sugar would be fine too). I added soy which isn’t so traditional, but for me it helps tone down the fish sauce, not to mention many would say I was very skimpy with the fish sauce. Then I added in some not so commonly found veggies, the red bell pepper and stick carrots. And of course I love chicken, I’ll almost always choose it over shrimp or tofu so that’s the other sign that this just isn’t your super authentic Pad Thai. But, this is how I like my Pad Thai.

Who knows maybe down the road my palate will be so much more adventurous and I will be into far more authentic Thai food, but for now this is perfect for me and I just don’t want to change it. It’s flavorful, it’s unique, it’s exciting and most of all it’s incredibly delicious! I have the feeling you are going to love this crave worthy dish too!

Chicken Pad Thai
Chicken Pad Thai

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Thai rice noodles
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into small strips
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips and strips halved
  • 1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 green onions, whites minced, greens sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Red pepper flakes and sesame seeds (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare rice noodles according to directions listed on package. In a mixing bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice and fish sauce, set aside.

You can find complete recipes of this Chicken Pad Thai in cookingclassy.com

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CREAMY PARMESAN GARLIC MUSHROOM CHICKEN

Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken is ready in just 30 minutes and the parmesan garlic sauce will wow the entire family!  This will become a new favorite!

Can I get a hallelujah for air conditioning? Our air conditioning went out in the place where we are living now and of course it is the week before the big move. As if packing and getting ready to move isn’t torture enough, I have had to do it in 85 degrees. Gah! It took 3 days for them to get it replaced and working properly. And today is the first day that it is working. You better believe I have that baby cranked down to 68. 😉

Since life is crazy busy I still realize that my kids need to eat. You can only order Little Caesars so much and eat out before you are sick of it. My kids LOVE when I take the time to cook a good meal.

Skillet meals are our favorite lately. They are ready in just 30 minutes and they taste like they are from a restaurant.

And you guys.

This Creamy Parmesan Garlic Sauce is ON POINT! It will be one of the best sauces that you will ever make!

My son said this is one of the best things he has ever eaten! I think my son is my biggest fan of my cooking. My other one is unpredictable and pretty picky but he LOVED this meal as well. Of course, he had to scrape the mushrooms and spinach off but said it was amazing.

CREAMY PARMESAN GARLIC MUSHROOM CHICKEN
CREAMY PARMESAN GARLIC MUSHROOM CHICKEN

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • Salt Pepper
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms

Creamy Parmesan Garlic Sauce:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet add olive oil and cook the chicken on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown on each side and cooked until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for a few minutes until tender. Remove and set aside.

You can find complete recipes of this Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken in therecipecritic.com

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ROMANO CHICKEN WITH LEMON GARLIC PASTA

Romano Chicken with Lemon Garlic Pasta – crispy parmesan panko breaded chicken with pasta in fresh lemon garlic cream sauce! Tasty meal in 30 minutes time!

When I made my own Homemade Panko Bread Crumbs, I naturally had to use them in some nice recipe. Breaded chicken is the first thing that comes to mind, so I made Romano Chicken with Lemon Garlic Pasta.

Chicken cutlets are dipped in parmesan cheese, egg and panko breadcrumbs. Then they are fried (or baked, to reduce fat content) until golden. They are served over pasta tossed with lemon butter garlic sauce. It is all simple to make and doesn’t take much time.

The sauce can be more or less tangy, depending on your taste. Less lemon juice and more cream make it mild while more lemon juice and less cream make it robust.

Romano Chicken with Lemon Garlic Pasta is certainly not “light food”, but it is a great dish for when you need to feel full and satisfied.

ROMANO CHICKEN WITH LEMON GARLIC PASTA
ROMANO CHICKEN WITH LEMON GARLIC PASTA

Ingredients
ROMANO CHICKEN:

  • 1/2 lb chicken breasts butterflied or thinly cut into cutlets
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • dry parsley
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs homemade or store-bought
  • oil for frying s I used combination of olive oil and sunflower oil

LEMON GARLIC PASTA:

  • 1/2 lb linguine or spaghetti or other pasta
  • juice from 1 lemon or to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • zest from 1/4 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp butter cold
  • 2-3 Tbsp whipping cream or to taste
  • salt pepper

Instructions
ROMANO CHICKEN:

  1. Place parmesan cheese in a shallow dish. In another dish, put beaten egg with dry parsley; in third dish put panko bread crumbs.
  2. Season chicken cutlets with salt and pepper; dredge with parmesan cheese, dip into beaten egg; press the chicken in panko bread crumbs to coat on both sides; shake off the excess.

You can find complete recipes of this Romano Chicken with Lemon Garlic Pasta in kitchennostalgia.com

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Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes Brussels Sprouts and Sautéed Apples

I owe this Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Sautéed Apples—one of the top five most popular recipes on my site— to a chance encounter at Trader Joe’s. Had it not been for a fortuitous introduction in the wine aisle, this gem of a recipe might have been lost forever. Watch the short video above to see the recipe being made, then read on below for the tale of how this wonderful chicken skillet came back into my life and into many of your lives as well!

The original version of Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Sautéed Apples first appeared in my recipe archives four years ago, when I was still snapping haphazard recipe photos with my non-smart phone. I took these photos under our hazy orange kitchen light 30 seconds before dinner. I then casually uploaded the recipe to the interwebs and happily went along my food blogger path. The photos were far from enticing (see for yourself—I included the original at the bottom of this post for posterity), and I assumed no one ever really got around to cooking it.

Fast forward a few years and a few hundred recipes later, and I had all but forgotten this Harvest Chicken Skillet existed.

Then, I went to Trader Joe’s.

Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes Brussels Sprouts and Sautéed Apples
Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes Brussels Sprouts and Sautéed Apples

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 3 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium high, until hot and shimmering. Add the chicken, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and black pepper. Cook until lightly browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate lined with paper towels.
  2. Reduce skillet heat to medium low. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crisp and brown and the fat has rendered, about 8 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate (I simply laid another paper towel on top of the plate with the chicken, then stacked the bacon on that). Discard all but 1 1/2 tablespoons bacon fat from the pan.

You can find complete recipes of this Chicken, Apple, Sweet Potato, and Brussels Sprouts Skillet in wellplated.com

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HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA

Lemon and honey are so good together.

The dish is bright, tangy-and-sweet, and feels perfect for warmer weather.

It’s a fast, easy recipe that the whole family will love and it’s ready in less than 20 minutes.

I used angel hair pasta because it cooks so quickly and the chicken is cut into bite-sized pieces so it also cooks fast.

After cooking the pasta, it’s transferred into the skillet the chicken cooks in, and everything is tossed together in the honey lemon sauce the chicken simmers in.

The sauce helps keep the chicken perfectly moist and tender. It’s tart yet sweet enough and coats the pasta perfectly.

I love the pronounced lemon flavor that’s achieved from both lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning.

If you’re a lemon lover or a fan of easy dinners that taste like a million bucks but that are really so simple, you’ll love this healthy recipe for those busy nights.

HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA
HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA

INGREDIENTS:

Pasta

  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked according to package directions (half of a 1-pound box)

Chicken

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking chicken
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning blend for sauce + more for sprinkling over chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • leaves from 2 or 3 sprigs of thyme, optional and to taste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces (about 1 1/2 pounds)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pasta – Cook according to directions on box, drain, and set aside.
  2. Chicken – To a medium bowl or large measuring cup, add the honey, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning, salt, pepper, optional thyme, and stir to combine; set sauce aside.
  3. To a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, add chicken, generously sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning, and cook chicken over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, flipping intermittently so all sides cook evenly. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts and sizes of pieces. Chicken should be about 90% cooked through.

You can find complete recipes of this HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA in averiecooks.com

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HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP

This flavorful Healthy Mushroom Soup is full of vegetables with a light, earthy, full-flavored mushroom broth without all the fat.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSHROOM?

Let’s talk Healthy Mushroom Soup.  Whoa.  You guys… seriously… Mushroom Soup meets light and healthy.  This broth-based soup has such an incredible depth of flavor.  You will love it!

It has an earthy mix of mushrooms, flavored with onions, leeks, carrots, celery and garlic simmered in a thyme seasoned, light chicken broth. The mix of vegetables adds incredible flavor and depth to the broth, but the two pounds of mushrooms are definitely the star. Good idea for Mushroom Soup, yes?

Thickly cut, the mushrooms are meaty. They’re sauteed in butter and simmered until soft, where they impart their unique, earthy flavor. A great vegetable and healthy soup.

You will love how prominent the mushroom flavor is!

I don’t know about you, but as I kid, I grew up loving the typical thick, rich and creamy Mushroom Soup. But, with this recipe, I didn’t miss the heavy cream at all!

What’s so great about this Healthy Mushroom Soup is, it actually allows you to taste the wonderful mushrooms! Do you love mushroom soup, too?

HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP
HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup onions, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced leeks, halved and sliced
  • ¾ cup sliced celery
  • 3 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped (approx. 1 and ½ tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 pounds mushrooms, rinsed and thickly sliced*
  • 6 cups chicken stock (or approx. 3 (14.5 ounce) cans)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add carrots, onions, leeks, celery and garlic. Cook and stir until tender, but not browned, approximately 10 minutes. Add thyme, mushrooms, chicken stock, salt and pepper. Heat until a soft boil, then turn down to low heat, cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.

You can find complete recipes of this HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP in inspirationkitchen.com

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Skillet Chicken with Creamy Spinach Artichoke Sauce

You can never have too many chicken recipes right? Especially when they are this good! I can’t get over how amazingly delicious this Skillet Chicken with Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken is! It is definitely one of my new favorite ways to make chicken! I made this over the weekend and my family enjoyed it so much so here I am again making it on again on Monday so we can have it again, and of course so I can share with you guys. You just can’t go wrong with skillet chicken and a good sauce!

You get this perfectly seared golden brown chicken covered in the most amazing, rich and creamy spinach artichoke sauce – which will likely remind you of a blend of your favorite spinach artichoke dip (my dip recipe is where I got the inspiration for this) and a lighter Alfredo sauce. It’s hearty, it’s filling, it’s comforting and it makes for the perfect dinner any day of the year! You’ll love that it is simple enough it passes for a quick weeknight dinner yet it’s fancy enough you could make it for guests on the weekend. I’ve already stocked up on ingredients (like canned artichoke hearts and Neufchatel cheese) for this so it can be a regular on my menu. I like that it’s a little bit lighter than the dip yet you still get all those delicious flavors – and I made it so there’s plenty of the sauce so you can have a some extra to serve over pasta. Winnah winnah chicken dinnah. This puts all those bland and boring chicken breasts recipes to shame! Make it soon! Then after you try this try my Spinach Artichoke Pizza – it’s one of my favorite and most popular pizza recipes!

Skillet Chicken with Creamy Spinach Artichoke Sauce
Skillet Chicken with Creamy Spinach Artichoke Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 5 oz fresh spinach, rinsed, drained and chopped (3 1/2 packed cups)
  • 1 (14 oz) can artichoke quarters, drained and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 4 oz Neufchatel cheese, diced into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup packed freshly, finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions

  1. Pound chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown on bottom, about 4 – 5 minutes. Rotate chicken to opposite side, add remaining 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and continue to cook until chicken is golden brown on bottom and center registers 165 on an instant read thermometer, about 4 – 5 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to a plate, cover with foil to keep warm.

You can find complete recipes of this Skillet Chicken with Creamy Spinach Artichoke Sauce in cookingclassy.com

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HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA

Lemon and honey are so good together.

The dish is bright, tangy-and-sweet, and feels perfect for warmer weather.

It’s a fast, easy recipe that the whole family will love and it’s ready in less than 20 minutes.

I used angel hair pasta because it cooks so quickly and the chicken is cut into bite-sized pieces so it also cooks fast.

After cooking the pasta, it’s transferred into the skillet the chicken cooks in, and everything is tossed together in the honey lemon sauce the chicken simmers in.

The sauce helps keep the chicken perfectly moist and tender. It’s tart yet sweet enough and coats the pasta perfectly.

I love the pronounced lemon flavor that’s achieved from both lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning.

If you’re a lemon lover or a fan of easy dinners that taste like a million bucks but that are really so simple, you’ll love this healthy recipe for those busy nights.

HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA
HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA

INGREDIENTS:

Pasta

  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked according to package directions (half of a 1-pound box)

Chicken

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking chicken
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning blend for sauce + more for sprinkling over chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • leaves from 2 or 3 sprigs of thyme, optional and to taste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces (about 1 1/2 pounds)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pasta – Cook according to directions on box, drain, and set aside.
  2. Chicken – To a medium bowl or large measuring cup, add the honey, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning, salt, pepper, optional thyme, and stir to combine; set sauce aside.
  3. To a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, add chicken, generously sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning, and cook chicken over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, flipping intermittently so all sides cook evenly. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts and sizes of pieces. Chicken should be about 90% cooked through.

You can find complete recipes of this HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA in averiecooks.com

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Greek Grilled Chicken & Hummus Wrap

Lately I’ve been thinking, I need more wraps in my life! I rarely make them and that needs to change. They are basically a big giant taco and I’m obsessed with tacos so they should be a regular on my menu. This Greek Chicken and Hummus Wrap is so easy to make yet it’s so incredibly flavorful and delicious! I opted to go with a homemade hummus because I always have everything on hand to make hummus, but if you are looking to make these quicker you can definitely just go with your favorite store-bought hummus. Then if you are wanting to go the other route and do everything from scratch you could make a homemade Greek vinaigrette to toss with the chicken. You could also make these into more of a gyro style wrap by swapping out the hummus for tzatziki, I did however love the hummus on these so try it this way at least once. I love Greek and Mediterranean food because of all it’s bright fresh flavors and these wraps are no exception to that. I loved everything about them and I’ll definitely make them again and again for an easy weeknight meal!

Greek Grilled Chicken & Hummus Wrap
Greek Grilled Chicken & Hummus Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs bonless skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 Tbsp Greek vinaigrette dressing
  • 4 (10-inch, burrito size) flour tortillas (wheat, low carb or spinach is fine)
  • 3/4 cup hummus, store-bought or homemade (homemade recipe in notes below)
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup (2.5 oz) feta cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. Preheat a grilled over medium-high heat to 425 degrees. Pound chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet. Brush chicken breasts lightly with about 1 Tbsp olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Brush grilled grates lightly with oil, and grill chicken, rotating once halfway through cooking, until it registers 165 in center on an instant read thermometer, about 6 – 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil, let rest 10 minutes then dice into cubes. Transfer chicken to a bowl, pour vinaigrette over chicken and toss to evenly coat.

You can find complete recipes of this Greek Grilled Chicken & Hummus Wrap in cookingclassy.com

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BOURBON CHICKEN

Straight off of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, this tender bourbon chicken is covered in a slightly sweet sauce with a little kick. It’s a true taste of the South you won’t be able to resist.

I had my first taste of bourbon chicken in a mall in Florida. I walked around for 20 minutes looking at all the different food court options, not feeling like any of them, and I finally gave in to the lady that had tried to hand me a sample of this chicken three times. Twice, I looked at the giant aluminum pan full of some watery brown liquid and sloshy chicken and though “nope”. But I was beat down, and hungry, so I gave in. And it was freaking incredible.

I got a giant plate of it, ignored my inner cricket that was telling me there was no way to know how long that chicken had been sloshing there, and I inhaled the entire plate in record time. It became something I looked forward to every trip to Florida.

In the last couple of years we got a chain up here in Canada that sells it too… but they aren’t that common, and the closest mall to me that has it is always a DISASTER to go to – way too damn busy to be enjoyable at all (yeah, I’m looking at you Vaughan Mills).

BOURBON CHICKEN
BOURBON CHICKEN

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1″ bite size pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce (low sodium is best)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Jack Daniel’s or Southern Comfort
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 tbsp corn starch

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy bottom pot (I use a dutch oven). Add the chicken pieces and brown until lightly golden on all sides. This will take about ten minutes. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. It will not be fully cooked yet.
  2. In the now empty pot, add the water, sugar, chicken broth, soy sauce, ketchup, Jack Daniel’s, apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, and ginger. Bring to a boil, and use a wooden spoon to scrape all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.

You can find complete recipes of this BOURBON CHICKEN in kitchentrials.com