Bourbon Apricot Chicken

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Chicken is on the weekly menu at least twice every week – it is so easy to make into any style of food, any flavor profile, and any kid happy! With a good marinade, you can totally boost the flavor punch just by having a bit of forethought to get it going. The simple marinade for this Bourbon Apricot Chicken is a little sweet, a little spicy, and totally yum!

Some people find marinades to be difficult because they think that meat has to sit for hours to be effective – so not true! As long as your marinade has solid flavor (try not to add water ever) then 30 minutes will still achieve a full depth soak. You want to make sure that you have all piece of the meat covered. This usually works best if you use a shallow dish (like a glass baking dish) instead of bowl. This allows for more even coverage. Another really good tip for marinade success – put it in the fridge! The cold helps it soak in better.

Bourbon Apricot Chicken

I used my stove top grill pan for this. You could put it on your regular grill. Or you cold cook it in the oven – just be sure to put it on a cooking rack on top of the baking sheet so that you get a crispier outer layer. I love my grill pan because I get the same beautiful char marks as going out the grill without having to – you know – GO OUT to the grill! I found mine at Costco, but you can get one on Amazon too.

This chicken recipe pairs super well with my simple Corn Soup (get the recipe here!). You could also serve it over a hearty green salad or with some Whipped Cauliflower.

Corn Soup & Bourbon Apricot Chicken

Bourbon Apricot Chicken

The simple marinade for this Bourbon Apricot Chicken is a little sweet, a little spicy, and totally yum!
Course Main Course
Keyword apricot, bourbon, Chicken, Chicken Dishes, Chicken Recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinade Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 378kcal


  • Grill Pan


  • 8-10 Chicken Thighs bone-in, skin removed
  • 1 cup Apricot Preserves
  • 1 Scallion chopped
  • 2 Garlic Clove minced
  • cup Bourbon Whiskey I used Jim Beam
  • ¼ cup Lime Juice
  • 1 tbsp Coco Aminos
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha


  • Prepare all of the ingredients.
  • In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except chicken. Then add chicken and toss until well coated. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat Grill Pan to medium-high. Once ready, cook chicken thighs for 8-10 minutes on each side (depending on size).


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.4g | Protein: 25.9g | Fat: 13.4g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 302mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 23.3g | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:


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4 thoughts on “Bourbon Apricot Chicken

  1. Richella J. Parham – Durham, NC – Author and speaker. Founder of Vice Chair of Renovaré. Author of Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison (InterVarsity Press). Happily married to my college sweetheart and mom to three young adult sons.
    Richella J. Parham says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Thank you for the recipe–I’ve pinned it for future reference.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  2. Laurie – Tennessee – Off Grid wife to dashingly handsome arborist! 💕 🌲 Home educating mom of three amazing fellows 🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♂️ homeschool and homestead blogger 🏡 herb gardener 🌿 flower lover 🌻 , cat collector 🐈 , follower of Jesus ✝️, and happy wife 👩🏻‍🦰 ! Preparing our hearts and country home with simplicity. ❤️ Blogger at
    Laurie L Cover says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe at the Homestead Blog Hop!

    Happy cooking!


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