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Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Tacos

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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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    • Andrea
      Feb 2, 2021

      Delicious, really enjoyed both the chicken and the salsa

    • BirdnSav
      Jul 14, 2020

      This was soooo good! We will put this one on the menu rotation for sure. I made the salsa the day before. Put the slow cooker on at lunchtime. This is a quick, easy dinner for a weeknight. Colorful, too!

    • rweidman
      Dec 20, 2019

      Loved this recipe. The lime in the salsa just gives the tacos a good clean taste. I’m thinking the salsa would be good on shrimp tacos also.

    • Kathyjordan
      Nov 12, 2019

      Thought this would become a go to recipe, but my husband and I did not enjoy it.