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Golden Corral Bourbon Chicken

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Rating: 4/5
17 reviews
1 comment

ready in: over 5 hrs
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 1372
cook method: oven, stovetop

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1 pound chicken leg or thigh meat, cut into bite-size chunks
4 ounces soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1/2 cup Jim Beam bourbon whiskey
2 tablespoons white wine


Mix all the marinade ingredients and pour over chicken pieces in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate (stirring often) for several hours (best overnight).

Bake chicken at 350 degrees F for 1 hour in a single layer, basting every 10 minutes. Remove chicken. Scrape pan juices with all the brown bits into a frying pan. Heat, and add white wine. Stir and add chicken. Cook for 5 minutes and serve.

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282 calories, 6 grams fat, 22 grams carbohydrates, 18 grams protein per serving.
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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
it's just not right how good this recipe is. it's a rare thing to find something all my kids will eat. it's even more rare that i use "garlic powder" and "dried minced onion." but in spite of all my best judgment, the recipe actually works as is. (although i use makers mark, not jim beam) . ;-)

Guest at

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I made this tonight and it was very good. Normally, when preparing a recipe for the first time, I follow the recipe exactly. Unfortunately, I had no wine and just below the amount needed for the bourbon. After reading the reviews, I reduced the bourbon to 1/3 cup and doubled the rest of the marinade ingredients. I substituted apple juice for the wine as people had commented on how salty the recipe was and I didn't want to add more salt with chicken broth. Over all, this was a pleasing entree that was served over jasmine rice. I think I will keep the recipe as is because the bourbon was extremely noticeable to the kids. Thank you for sharing and giving me a good place to start with your recipe.

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Jan 9, 2001

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
Too much bourbon I think but overall good. Cutting it in half would be more than enough.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Between this recipe and the crab salad copycat here on the site I'm set with my favorite golden corral recipes! Thank you!

Guest at

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I liked this recipe. Based on comments I read, I reduced the bourbon from 1/2 cup to 1/3 cup. Next time I will reduce it to 1/4 and may do as someone else suggested and add orange juice. Overall though, it was good and I will make it again.

Guest at

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
This is dead on. Everybody loved it but my Grand baby it was a bit much for her. I did cut the Bourbon in half and instead of white wine I replaced it with chicken broth. I only let it marinate for about 7 hours. Thanks I will be making this again.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I cut the burbon in half otherwise it is to strong. I also cook it over the cooktop with olive oil. It just seems quicker to me. All in all it is a good reciepe. My family loves it and it is a must at my house, at least once a week.

Guest at

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I made this but i found it to be a littly salt do anyone knows what to do to avoid the salty taste.

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Oct 26, 2008


I made this recipe and I have a question. Do you drain the marinade before you put the chicken in the oven? The recipe does not specify and it states to baste every ten minutes.
Thank You,

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I tried it the night before brining it to our church. Made more the next day and used less bourbon and cooked the white wine a lot more at the end. There wasn't a crumb left in the dish. I served it over Jasmine rice and had requests for the next time we have a pot luck! A+ Recipe!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I used a few tablespoons of sesame seed oil in the marinade to give it more flavor and keep it from getting dry.I also used reduced sodium Tamari instead of Soy sauce, Tamari is a richer aged soy, much better. Also I used some fresh squeezed orange juice in addition to the bourbon - I was afraid the liqour taste would be too strong after reading the reviews.
It turned out great! Although I know this is NOT Golden Corrals recipe, with or without my subbing.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is one of my favs. I like mine a little sweeter so I added just a touch more of brown sugar. my family loves it. I make mine with cheddar mashed potato's, side salad, and rolls.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I thought the bourbon chicken was
great, can't wait to try the recipe on my family.

Guest at

REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
I don not recommend this recipe, it was too strong. Couldn't finish, a waste and disappointment!

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Sep 29, 2006

REVIEW: 3 star recipe rating
This was an ok recipe. Don't get me wrong it was good but it was just too strong. The next time I make this I will cut the bourbon in half and not marinate it so long. It had a very strong flavor. Too strong if you ask us. It was close in taste with what you get at Golden Coral.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I work at golden Corral this isnt our recipe but it is alot better than ours i have to say i use it in my own home

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made this as an appetizer for a party and everybody loved it! It was really good.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I was very pleased with the flavor of this recipe! My entire family (kids included!!) enjoyed the chicken over rice. My friends and family have asked for the recipe and I have shared it many times.

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