Kahlua Chicken

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.

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.

Kahlua Chicken

Kahlua Chicken


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

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….


~Dixie Chik~

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  1. YUM!! I think I’m gonna have to get my butt to the store and buy some Kahlua!
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  2. I have all the makings for this and I’m rearing to use the grill.

    Thanks for the great recipe. =)

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

  4. Oh my gracious that looks fabulous!
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  5. That chicken looks heavenly and who doesn’t love a little “drunk” chicken!!!! Cannot wait to give it a try.
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  6. Kahlua? With chicken? I have got to try this unusual and imaginative recipe. The photos are grillicious.
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  7. Wow this chicken looks amazing! Love the Kahlua sauce. Definitely perfect for spring grilling. Yum!
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  8. 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)
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  9. 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.
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  10. 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.
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  11. 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.

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  12. Ohh that looks awesomee!! I love anything from the grill so this is fantastic!!!
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  13. Wow I never would have thought of combining chicken and Kahlua, but it looks fabulous! Big YUM!
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  14. That looks and sounds really good, different, but good! I will give it a try, a good excuse to pick up some Kahlua….
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  15. 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
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  16. I, too , have a bottle of Kaluha in the cabinet. Never tried kaluha and chicken, but there is always a first time.
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  17. 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…
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  18. wow This is such an unique chicken recipe! Looks so good too.
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  19. This looks devine. I’m not sure about the kahlua flavor on chicken. It was yummy??

    The photos are brilliant!

    • 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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