Jim & Cola Chicken with Buffalo Mac

Jump to Recipe

Sometimes I get some crazy ideas that I just have to see how they will turn out. If you follow my blog at all, you know I’m a Bourbon Drinker. And I love to look for ways to cook with bourbon because I truly love the flavor of bourbon. I saw some recipes for cooking chicken with cola and I immediately thought – why not try to make a Jim & Cola chicken? And I knew it would be a little sweet so I wanted to serve it with something that would add some heat – so I added some buffalo sauce to mac & cheese and created this Jim & Cola Chicken with Buffalo Mac!

Jim & Cola Chicken with Buffalo Mac

Marinating chicken is always a great way to get the flavor all the way through and to keep it tender and juicy. This chicken is bursting with flavor. I used a Pepsi cola – but you can use whatever type of cola you prefer. I used Jim Beam, but any bourbon will do as long as it’s not a flavored bourbon. If you have whiskey instead of bourbon, that will work as well, you just won’t get the smokiness you get from bourbon. For the hot honey, I used Mike’s Hot Honey because it’s my favorite bottled variety, but again use your fave. At the risk of sounding like a broken record – I used Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce, but use your go-to.

Jim & Cola Chicken with Buffalo Mac

For this cheese sauce, I went with more mozzarella than cheddar because it has a milder flavor – letting the buffalo sauce take center stage. It is a also a thicker than usual cheese sauce (less liquids used) so that it really sticks to the pasta. If you want to reduce the buffalo sauce to lower the heat, you can. But honestly, it is not that hot – it is more about the flavor of Buffalo sauce than the spice. If you don’t want the buffalo at all, you should do at least a fifty/fifty on the mozzarella and sharp cheddar – so that it’s not bland.

Jim & Cola Chicken with Buffalo Mac

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!

Print

Jim & Cola Chicken with Buffalo Mac

A sweet and spicy marinated chicken over a bowl of spicy homemade mac & cheese!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, bourbon, buffalo sauce, Chicken, cola, mac & cheese, marinade
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Chicken Thighs boneless, skinless
  • ½ lb Bacon cut into ½ inch pieces
  • lb Short Pasta elbows, shells, rotini

For the Marinade

  • 12 oz Cola
  • ½ cup Bourbon like Jim Bean
  • ½ cup Hot Honey like Mike's
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

For the Buffalo Cheese Sauce

  • 4 tsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 tsp Flour
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cup Buffalo Sauce like Frank's Red Hot

Instructions

  • In a gallon-sized zipper bag, combine marinade ingredients. Add chicken and let marinate at least 2 hours (up to 24 hours).
  • Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to a paper towel covered plate. Reserve bacon grease.
  • In same saute pan, add chicken pieces and cook each side for 3 minutes. Reserve marinade.
  • Reduce heat in saute pan to medium and pour in reserved marinade. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain in a colander and rinse with cool water. Return to pot, away from heat.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add butter and garlic powder. Once melted, whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Then whisk in chicken stock and cook for 2 minutes. Next add heavy cream and cook for 2 minutes. Then add cheeses, one cup at a time, until fully incorporated. Lastly add in buffalo sauce and stir to combine, cook another 2 minutes. Pour sauce over cooked pasta and stir to combine.
  • Serve in a shallow bowl starting with portion of buffalo mac. Place 2-3 piece of chicken to one side of bowl, then sprinkle with bacon pieces.

Estelle Forrest’s self-published first cookbook – Homemade on a Weeknight: A Family Cookbook – was created after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:

AVAILABLE IN PRINT OR KINDLE eBOOK VERSIONS

Estelle self-published a second cookbook – Burgers on a Weeknight – recently. It has over 60 delicious burger creations! You can purchase your own copy here:

AVAILABLE IN PRINT OR KINDLE eBOOK VERSIONS

Don’t miss new recipes from Homemade on a Weeknight – subscribe and get an email with every new post!

Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

4 thoughts on “Jim & Cola Chicken with Buffalo Mac

  1. Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life’s Share the Wealth Party. I really appreciate you taking time out to share. Have a fabulous weekend.

  2. Sunshine – Tennessee – Home educating mom of three amazing fellows, homeschool and homestead blogger, herb gardener, flower lover, cat collector, follower of Jesus, and happy wife! Blogger at https://www.LessonsAndLessons.com https://www.RidgeHavenHomestead.com
    Laurie says:

    Thanks for sharing this at the Homestead Blog Hop!

    God bless!

    Laurie
    Ridge Haven Homestead
    Homestead Blog Hop

Leave a Reply

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Homemade on a Weeknight will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.