Chicken in Jack Daniels Cream Sauce

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These boneless chicken breasts cooked in a creamy Jack Daniels sauce can be on the table in just 30 minutes. It’s a simple, but flavorful and comforting meal. The sauce cooks up thick and rich and the Jack Daniels gives it an awesome flavor that’s kind of hard to describe. It has a half cup of whiskey, but the taste isn’t overpowering at all and really enhances the flavor of the cream.

Chicken in Jack Daniels Cream Sauce

Y’all, my son is in college now and I don’t know what to do with myself, or who I am going to cook for. He’s my adventurous eater and being a teenage boy, he can pack down some food.

I’ll most likely be making lots of recipes in the months ahead that can be mailed in care packages. That is, if my son ever tells me what his mailing address is.

Chicken in Jack Daniels Cream Sauce


Now, don’t think I’ve taken to the bottle since my son left. I made this comforting Chicken in Jack Daniels Cream Sauce before my son left for college.  🙂

Chicken in Jack Daniels Cream Sauce


This recipe calls for igniting the Jack Daniels. Be very, very careful doing this. Those flames can really jump up and you don’t want to have your face anywhere near them. And it’s always wise to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen just in case. If you’re going to drink a little Jack Daniels while you cook, it’s best to wait until after this step. We don’t want to exercise any poor judgement when there is fire involved.

If I haven’t made you too scared to try this recipe, it tastes great served over rice. 🙂

Chicken in Jack Daniels Cream Sauce.

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Chicken in Jack Daniels Cream Sauce

Chicken in Jack Daniels Cream Sauce

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
These boneless chicken breasts cooked in a creamy Jack Daniels sauce can be on the table in just 30 minutes. It's a simple, but flavorful and comforting meal. 
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  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniel's Whiskey
  • 3 large shallots chopped (or 1 onion)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Heat butter and oil in a large pan. Add chicken and brown on both sides.
  • Add the Jack Daniels and carefully ignite. Shake the pan until the flames go out.
  • Add shallots and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add thyme, parsley, and 1/4 cup water. Cover pan and cook over low heat for 25 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and add the cream to the pan.
  • Mix the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water together in a small bowl. Add to sauce. Simmer sauce until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Return chicken to pan and remove from heat.


Be very careful when igniting the Jack Daniels. The flames can shoot up very quickly and very high.


Calories: 502kcal

Recipe adapted from Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Cookbook: A Celebration of Traditional Southern Dishes that Made Miss Mary Bobo’s an American Legend

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31 thoughts on “Chicken in Jack Daniels Cream Sauce

  1. I have made this a million times and we love it. Do you think I can try it with bone in chicken thighs?

  2. Amazing! I served with brown rice and broccoli. I didn’t have any Jack on hand so I used Makers Mark and it was great. Will definitely make this again!

  3. I usually don’t comment on pinned recipes after I’ve made them, but this deserves a round of applause! I made this for dinner tonight and it was out of this world delicious. Thank you for this amazing recipe!


  5. This was delicious!!! I used honey flavored Evan Williams and it added a little sweetness which really added to the flavor of the whole dish

  6. I have made this twice so far. It is amazing!! We use Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. It is so good with it. Thank you so much for sharing. Making it again tonight and I am going to make potatoes and put the sauce on them.

  7. Wow, I’ve made this a few times now and had to comment, thank you SO much for this recipe. I don’t like JD as a drink but the hubby does so we always have it on hand. Turns out it’s delicious for cooking!! The igniting was a little scary but fun lol. The only change I made was adding less thyme bc I think it’s overpowering, so I put in a little less & supplemented with a touch of basil. I could seriously slurp this stuff with a big spoon. Hubby enjoyed it very much too.. THANK YOU!! Cheers!! 🙂

  8. I am scared about the flames but this looks delicious! Is it possible to make this without setting it on fire?

  9. So my husband LOVES this – I’ve probably made it for him 10 times already. It’s one of the few things I cook that he requests. Tragically, we’ve just discovered that he’s lactose intolerant. Do you think there’s a variation on the gravy that wouldn’t need milk? Maybe some stock instead? Any ideas?

    1. I am wondering if coconut milk would work? The thick kind that comes in a can. It should make the sauce creamy and I really don’t find it to have too much of a coconut flavor.

  10. This is tragically bland. Made it for dinner last night and followed everything to the letter (except I used fresh herbs) – this is really missing something. The chicken was moist and tender but the sauce…. oh what a terrible waste of precious cream. It tastes like shallot and cream and nothing more. Possibly using more whiskey in the beginning steps would help? Maybe the addition of some broth instead of water? Regardless, we won’t be trying this again. Dreadful. 🙁

    1. Try using kosher salt and fresh black pepper. I have made this dish (in various forms and incarnations) many times and it is a hit with my family. Also you can use balsamic vinegar around with the wiskey… just do not use corn strach as the reaction of the acid in the vinegar with thicken the sauce.

  11. This sounds scrumptious!! However, I’m chicken when it comes to flames, and I wanted to make this at a retreat, and just not comfortable to do that in a kitchen where I’m a guest. Can you make this without setting it on fire?? lol

  12. Learn HOW to flambe properly before doing this.
    Add the alcohol to the hot pan, with the pan OFF the flame to prevent accidents

  13. OK, so probably a stupid question…we never have Jack in the house, but we always have Crown. Surely they’re interchangable?

      1. Love it with crown! That was how I did it for years…plus add a bit of balsamic vinegar. Try it!

  14. This chicken looks absolutely incredible, Christin! Love the JD’s in here. Aaw,, I can only imagine how it must feel, I know I would miss my son too but I’m pretty sure your son would come home to visit often since you make the most AMAZING meals 🙂

  15. Um, you TOTALLY had me at Jack Daniels. 🙂 I am absolutely smitten with this creamy jack daniels sauced chicken!! Normally I have so much to say in these comments, but all my mind is saying is, “GIMME THIS NOW”. I feel like that says it all. NEED.This. Pinned!
    P.S- Hope you actually find peace and enjoy the empty nesting… But if you NEED someone to care for, feel free to send me some care packages! 🙂 Cheers, Christin! <3

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