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Bourbon Pecan Chicken

Bourbon Pecan Chicken is covered in a lick your plate clean sauce. The flavor of bourbon and pecans plus dijon mustard and honey combine to make a fantastically delicious meal. Great served with mashed potatoes and green beans!

Bourbon Pecan Chicken

Bourbon and pecans are two ingredients I love to use for fall cooking and they complement each other so well.

Boneless chicken breasts are coated in a mixture of honey and Dijon mustard and then coated in a mixture of finely chopped pecans and bread crumbs. They are pan-fried until golden brown and then they finish cooking in the oven so they stay moist and juicy.

Bourbon Pecan Chicken recipe

An easy and quick sauce is made from honey, bourbon, Dijon mustard, cayenne pepper, bourbon, heavy cream, plus pecans.

This is a meal that’s fancy enough for company, but also tastes like down-home comfort food. The sauce is just a little sweet and a little spicy with lots of buttery, crunchy pecans.

Tips For Making:

  • You’ll cut each chicken breast in half horizontally to yield 2 thinner pieces. So 2 chicken breasts will give you 4 servings. Since chicken breasts are so much larger than they use to be, cutting them into thinner pieces makes them easier and quicker to cook.
  • This recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper which will give the chicken a little heat. If you like really spicy food, add 1/2 a teaspoon.

Pecan coated chicken in a creamy bourbon sauce.

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Bourbon Pecan Chicken

Bourbon Pecan Chicken

Bourbon Pecan Chicken is covered in a lick your plate clean sauce. The flavor of bourbon and pecans plus dijon mustard and honey combine to make a fantastically delicious meal. 
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 16 minutes


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally into 2 thinner pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Combine finely chopped pecans and bread crumbs in a large ziptop bag. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.
  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and brush the honey/dijon mixture on both sides.
  • One at a time, add a chicken breast to the pecan/bread crumb mixture, shaking the bag to coat it well.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Heat butter and oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides. 
  • Transfer chicken to a casserole dish and place in oven to finish cooking, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Wipe pan clean. Add bourbon, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, heavy cream, cayenne pepper and pecans to pan. Simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted.
  • Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.


Since chicken breasts all seem to be so large these days, I like to cut them horizontally into 2 thinner pieces. If you do not do this and you are using large breasts, keep in mind you will have to cook them longer.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: bourbon chicken

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42 thoughts on “Bourbon Pecan Chicken”

  1. Quick and easy. I didnt have any bourbon so I used whiskey. It was so good. My husband loved it so much there was little conversation only eating.

  2. Great flavor! Not much sauce if you follow recipe, I tripled the sauce and it was perfect for 4 chicken breast. I boiled the sauce longer than was called for due to a strong tasting of bourbon. Will definitely make again with the adjustments

  3. I made this tonight. Doubled the recipe but based on other comments, did not double the bourbon. This was delicious!!

  4. I only had chicken tenders, but it turned out wonderfully!! My new favorite chicken recipe!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  5. Mary Kindred

    Quick and easy. Followed exactly as written. My sauce turned out too thick but the flavor was really good. Will definitely make it again.

  6. I need to make this for 25 wedding guests from New Orleans. Can I bake the chickens a day before and just add the bourbon cream? I would bring the chicken to room temperature or perhaps heat it in the oven for a few minutes. Guidance please.

  7. Very Tasty, fairly easy to prepare. I substituted fat-free half and half and it came out great!

    1. It was very good. I’m thinking the sauce doesn’t really cook long enough to cook the alcohol out. The bourbon was pretty strong.

  8. Fantastic recipe! I used boneless, skinless thighs since they have more flavor than breasts. Followed the recipe as written but I did add a tablespoon of maple syrup to the cream sauce to mellow out the harshness of the bourbon. Can hardly wait to make it again. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. I’ve made this recipe multiple times, both as written or just the sauce to spruce up a rotisserie chicken. My family loves it! Thank you for sharing this!

  10. I had to cook my chicken a little longer in the oven (I placed directly on a baking sheet). I also added an extra dash of cream and swirl of maple syrup to the bourbon glaze, to help cut the bitterness of the whiskey. Picky boyfriend approves! This one is going in our rotation!
    Paired with mashed potato’s and roasted brussel sprouts. There was nothin left over!!

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