Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken

Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken emulates the bourbon chicken that appears to frequently in shopping malls. Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken is a wonderful easy to make chicken dish, best of all you can make the Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken with chicken breasts, it’s really easy to make Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken.

Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken

Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken

Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken

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  • Recipe Type: Appetizer Recipes, Chicken Recipes, Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes
  • Prep time:2 hours
  • Cook time:30 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken

You love this when you go out now you can make it at home!


  • 1 1/2 pounds of Thigh Meat or Dark Meat (cut in bite size chunks)
  • 2 tablespoons Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup White Grape Juice
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon
  • 1/4 cup water


Mix teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, ginger, brown sugar 1/2 cup white grape juice and bourbon. Stir until thoroughly blended. Pour 1/3 sauce on chicken pieces and mix. Refrigerate for 3 hours or best overnight. Save remainder sauce and refrigerate.

Braise chicken with marinate on medium low heat until cooked. Remove from frying pan. In a 2 quart sauce pan heat remainder of bourbon sauce and add 1/2 cup of white grape juice and 1 tablespoon of sugar with 1/4 cup water. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add chicken to sauce and stir until chicken is coated and its ready to serve

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  • Jeanne

    Ok what did I do wrong? I followed the directions to the letter. Not a lot of flavor and the sauce was very light in color and like water. I was expecting the sauce to be darker and a little thicker. It did not stay on the rice.
    Lots of excellent reviews. Must be me. Help!

  • MedicMom

    Just tried this recipe. It is not even close to the Cajun Cafe. Very disappointed

  • Glenn Lyvers

    I love to cook and I’m good at forging recipes. Here’s my
    faked mall Bourbon Chicken. Adjust for size (my recipe is for a party), and
    sorry for the quantity of ingredients, but this is what I ended up with after 6
    tries. (Note: I make the sauce thin and reduce to desired thickness at the end,
    so if it looks odd, wait ‘till you taste it to judge!)


    20 Pounds of chicken thighs with skins on.

    4 Cups Brown Sugar

    1/8 cup salt

    6 cups simple syrup (1/2 water – 1/2 sugar)

    6 tablespoons liquid smoke

    1/4 cup teriyaki sauce

    3 tablespoons soy sauce

    1 tablespoon Worcestershire

    2 cups Bourbon (Cheap and flavorful is better than expensive for this recipe)

    Dash of Ginger (optional)

    Dash of Chili Pepper (optional)

    1 can of crushed pineapple (optional but I like it)

    3 Tablespoons of cayenne pepper (optional if you want some kick)

    1/2 cup orange juice (can’t taste it but it seems to do something magical)

    Grill the chicken on a grill making sure some spots burn. Remove from flame and
    overcook so the chicken dries out a little (makes for better absorption of
    marinade). The burned chicken flavor works great as long as you don’t overdo
    it. It’s really the key to making this recipe like the Mall.

    Let chicken rest until cool. Remove chicken skins (save them) and cut the meat
    into bite sized pieces.

    Combine everything, including the skins (which you did not cut up) and mix
    everything together thoroughly (nice and simple). Sauce will be thin but cover
    a spoon. Marinade chicken in sauce for 12 hours at least (refrigerate of course).
    Mix occasionally (gently).

    Warm the entire dish to room temperature. I use a microwave,
    but if you’re a purist you can do it in the oven. Add 2 cups hot water and mix
    everything gently, will thin the sauce and remove some sauce from chicken …
    which is good because it is too strong (in my opinion) if you just eat it.

    Remove chicken from the sauce. Strain sauce and then add
    chicken back to the strained sauce. (Throw away any chunky stuff strained from
    the sauce including those skins).

    Sauce should be thin (add a little water if necessary).
    Reheat everything in a pan, let sauce reduce to desired thickness, serve hot.
    Feeds 30 people with side dishes etc. A steamer tray works well for this

    I also throw some steamed broccoli in for color at the end.

    Serve hot.


    If you alter this recipe, please post your results. I am
    always looking for new ideas.

    • stephaniemanley

      Thanks Glenn, I appreciate your recipe I can’t wait to give it a try. You have a great recipe.

  • Michelle

    I think quite possibly this was the worst dish I ever made. I only wished I would’ve read the comments. At least I have bourbon for dinner!

  • Tobi Schuster

    This was the WORST recipe I have ever made! Sunday is my only day that my family eats together….and I have left the dinner table long enough to throw this food out…and go get a carry out pizza! Don’t waste your time or money making this recipe!

  • Marquitta B

    Was not impressed at all,nothing at all like any bourbon chicken that I’ve had

  • kevi

    Wow that’s not the real recipe cuz I use to be one of the chefs there and I have the real recipe there’s no teriyaki in the recipe there’s thigh meat lots of butter nuts bourbon green onion and more fun stuff

    • John Coorey

      give us the recipe then.

    • Eli

      Please do give us the recipe!

    • ScoopDoggy

      So this guy is a dick

    • Debora Dickerson

      Please send the recipe.

  • Liberty1947

    I just tried this recipe. It is a BIG disappointment! This is nothing like the Bourbon Chicken at the Cajun Cafe, or any other mall food stand. The sauce was water thin, no sweetness to it, and had no smell like the mall chicken. I followed the recipe exactly, adding vanilla intead of bourbon like other recipes have directed, including one commenter on this site. Will not make this recipe again, but still trying to find that magic combination that will emulate the real thing!

    • metalwire88

      Are you ready???
      2 oz soy sauce
      1 oz hoisin
      1 oz honey
      1 Tbs sugar
      1/4 tsp 5- spice
      1 1/2 cup water

      Mix well to dissolve sugar and marinade thighs overnight. Grill or cook on griddle. Heat the marinade and thicken w cornstarch slurry. Serve w thickened sauce and enjoy!

      • DonDong

        That sounds like the CHINESE “bourbon” chicken recipe, metalwire. Two completely different tastes. Both good, tho’ ;p

  • Mgobluegrad

    Mine did not look like this (the sauce was way thinner) and though it tasted good, it tasted nothing like the mall bourbon chicken (as I hoped!). :(

    • Anonymous

      I am sorry yours didn’t turn out. My picture was that of the recipe. Maybe if you would have reduced the sauce we would have had something that looked a little closer.

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  • Wblake

    Lame recipe, nothing like Cajun Cafe….So disappointing….

  • Metalwire88

    The mall or fair version adds vanilla extract and does not add any real bourbon at all.

  • Guest

    When you buy this at the mall, is it really made with bourbon or do they have another mix of ingredients that omits the whisky?

    • Anonymous

      Personally, I think they may add some flavoring, or they add so little, the bourbon is most likely the most expensive ingredient in the dish.

  • Zoe Leandro

    This sounds good.. but I don’t see any ingredient that makes it hot??

    • Anonymous

      You could add between 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes to give this heat.