Kahlua Chicken

Kahlua Chicken

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Kahlua Chicken

Kahlua Chicken

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It’s Kahlua.

It’s chicken.

It’s Kahlua Chicken.

Everybody’s favorite poultry gets to have a little booze.  Oh, wait a minute I already did that.  Did you happen to see Chicken Martini? If not, it’s definitely worth peekin’ at.

Anyway, I have this big bottle of Kahlua that I bought when we were in Mexico last year because 1) it was SO cheap there and 2) Mudslides are the only cocktail my husband will drink. Since he’s basically a teetotaler, he wasn’t used to his cheeks getting flushed and pink, and was laughing at shit that wasn’t even funny.It was kinda cute. After that, he had a very good nap. 

Bless his little heart.

I think he’s had two since we got home from the trip.

So, since I see it sitting in the cabinet all lonely, I decided to find a way to incorporate it into a recipe or two.  This is the first one.

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As you can see I like mine with some very nice grill marks.  Next time I’ll be using this marinade on some broccoli in this; it’s that good.  I can also imagine this would be great with grilled pineapple on top….

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Yield: 4

Kahlua Chicken

Kahlua Chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


Whisk together the Kahlua through ginger.

Whisk together cornstarch and water in a separate small bowl.

Put the Kahlua mixture in a medium size sauce pan over medium-high heat.

Bring to a boil, add cornstarch/water mixture and reduce heat to medium and whisk until consistency thickens - should only take a minute or two.

Trim chicken of any fat (some people do, some people don't but it's definitely a DO for me).

Poke holes in the chicken using a fork, then put in a large plastic bag.

Pour in the marinade, seal and flip it around a couple of times to make sure it's coated.

Refrigerate and let it marinate for a couple of hours. Even if you don't have time to marinate it that long, it will still be good. Just do it next time 😉

Preheat grill to medium, and of course do your usual scrubbing the grates, prepping, etc.

Grill for a few minutes on each side, until done all the way through.


Marinate overnight for a deeper flavor.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1839mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 38g

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  • Sandie (Sandie's Bitchin' Kitchen)
    April 13, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    YUM!! I think I’m gonna have to get my butt to the store and buy some Kahlua!

  • Dawn's Diversions
    April 3, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    I have all the makings for this and I’m rearing to use the grill.

    Thanks for the great recipe. =)

  • Judy
    March 30, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    As much as I love Kahlua, I would never have thought to put it on chicken. Great idea!

  • Rach
    March 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Oh my gracious that looks fabulous!

  • carolinaheartstrings
    March 29, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    That chicken looks heavenly and who doesn’t love a little “drunk” chicken!!!! Cannot wait to give it a try.

  • Hester Casey - Alchemy
    March 29, 2011 at 4:25 AM

    Kahlua? With chicken? I have got to try this unusual and imaginative recipe. The photos are grillicious.

  • Happy When Not Hungry
    March 28, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Wow this chicken looks amazing! Love the Kahlua sauce. Definitely perfect for spring grilling. Yum!

  • Susi's Kochen und Backen
    March 28, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    This sounds very interesting! I have a bottle of Kahlua in the fridge and we grill a lot of chicken, this is a combination I will have to try. Thanks for sharing :o)

  • Mama Kelly aka Jia
    March 28, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    It will be a sacrifice to buy Kahlua and not drink it but if this chicken tastes half as good as it looks it may just be worth it.

  • [email protected]
    March 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    I want to try this and luckily we always have Kahlua on hand. Mostly for baking but the occasional drink is made too. Good recipe.

  • Moogie
    March 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    This looks delicious. I’ve also got a huge bottle of Kahlua. And I think the weather man is saying it this coming weekend might be rain free and warm.

    I’m your newest follower.

  • Dixie Chik
    March 28, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Nothing like warm weather; it’s my favorite….

  • [email protected]'s Easy Cooking
    March 28, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Ohh that looks awesomee!! I love anything from the grill so this is fantastic!!!

  • Dixie Chik
    March 28, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Thanks Sandra!! I agree – I could grill every day!

  • Liz
    March 28, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Wow I never would have thought of combining chicken and Kahlua, but it looks fabulous! Big YUM!

  • Tiffany
    March 28, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    That looks and sounds really good, different, but good! I will give it a try, a good excuse to pick up some Kahlua….

  • Dixie Chik
    March 28, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Now aren’t you glad I gave you an excuse 😉

  • Becky
    March 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    I, too , have a bottle of Kaluha in the cabinetI’m going to try kaluha and chicken, There is always a first time for everything

  • Dixie Chik
    March 28, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Thanks Becky! Hope you like it!

  • Becky
    March 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    I, too , have a bottle of Kaluha in the cabinet. Never tried kaluha and chicken, but there is always a first time.

  • JenniferA
    March 28, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    Interesting! Almost looks like it gave the chicken a barbecue sauce type of glaze. I’m not a big Kahlua fan but maybe some other booze would work nicely for me… hmmm…

  • [email protected]
    March 27, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    wow This is such an unique chicken recipe! Looks so good too.

  • Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef
    March 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    This looks devine. I’m not sure about the kahlua flavor on chicken. It was yummy??

    The photos are brilliant!

  • Dixie Chik
    March 27, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Thanks – Absolutely – with the other flavors I incorporated into the marinade it wasn’t too sweet, but still had a little Kahlua kick. It’s definitely something I will do on a regular basis.

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