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Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Tacos

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 3 hours


8 servings

I wanted to try a different take on taco night and decided on barbecue for the theme. Even my father enjoyed this taco, and he doesn't care for tacos. —LaDale Hymer, Cleveland, Oklahoma
Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Tacos Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon, divided
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • SALSA:
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 medium limes, zested and juiced
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • Minced cilantro, optional


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 9 ingredients and 2 tablespoons bourbon. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer reads 165°, 3-4 hours. Remove chicken; shred with 2 forks. Return to slow cooker; stir in remaining bourbon. Heat through.
  2. Meanwhile, for salsa, combine corn, red pepper, onion, lime juice, lime zest, hot sauce, salt and pepper in a bowl. Serve chicken in tortillas with salsa. If desired, top with cilantro.

Health tip: Cut carbs about 50% by skipping the tortillas and serving as lettuce wraps.
Test Kitchen tips
  • The zesty salsa is a great complement to the sweet chicken.
  • Adding an extra tablespoon of bourbon after the chicken cooks really balances the flavor of the sauce.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 taco: 387 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 855mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein.

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