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Bourbon Chicken Milanese: The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook #Weekly Menu Plan

Bourbon Chicken Milanese- simplelivingeating.com

"If anything, my characters are toned down - the truth is much more bizarre." Jackie Collins

Well, Lucky Santangelo the sexy glamorous daughter of the gangster Gino must be an interesting real life person. She sure can cook up a storm in Jackie Collin's new cookbook: The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook.

Lucky shares: seductive cocktails, tantalizing appetizers, delicious pasta, succulent entrees and of course.... decadent desserts.

Bourbon Chicken Milanese: simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by areyoured.com but all opinions are my own. 

I have been thinking about throwing a Kentucky Derby party next month and with that thought in mine I had to try Lucky's Bourbon Chicken Milanese recipe. I wasn't disappointed. It was simple to make with great contrasting flavors... who would have guessed that ginger and bourbon could work so well together?

I also made Lucky's Creamy Peas with Tarragon. Major hit in my house. I always get complaints that my peas are boring. Well, Lucky gave them the kick they needed. Tarragon and cream are a perfect compliment to peas and made an everyday side dish, so much more interesting.

Bourbon Chicken Milanese: simplelivingeating.com

All of the recipes in this book are simple enough to make everyday, but will WOW people at parties with minimal effort. There is a great variety of recipes to choose from, and they all work together fairly well which makes it nice for planning a several course meal.

So click on the link and get The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook  along with a few of Jackie Collin's delicious novels too and have an exceptionally fun evening tonight! 

Bourbon Chicken Milanese: simplelivingeating.com

Bourbon Chicken Milanese

reprinted with permission from  areyoured.com 


1/2 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons Kitchen Bouquet
1/2 cup bourbon
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 garlic cloves, pressed
One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs


1) In a large glass measure, combine the soy sauce, Kitchen Bouquet, bourbon, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger and whisk until the brown sugar has dissolved.

2) Slice the thigh meat into bite-size pieces. Place in a sealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over. Marinate overnight, refrigerated, turning the bag once or twice.

3) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

4) Drain the chicken and reserve the marinade. Arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Roast the chicken until browned 15 -20 minutes.

5) Meanwhile, bring the marinade to a full boil and let it bubble away for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the chicken, stir to coat, and serve with rice.

My cooking notes:

I couldn't find Kitchen Bouquet but the dish was tasty without it. I added 2 more tablespoons of brown sugar to my recipe to make the dish more appealing to my kids. I also didn't marinate it overnight, just let the chicken sit for about an 1/2 hour in the marinade while I prepped the rest of the meal. I separated the chicken from the marinade and sautéed the chicken in a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil for 2 minutes on each side. Then I added the marinade that I had whisked 1 tablespoon of corn starch into. Continually stirring the marinade with the chicken until it thickened in about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. 

Weekly Menu Plan:

Sunday: Chorizo & Broccoli Rabe over Chile Pasta

Meatless Monday: Minestrone Soup

Wednesday: Dinner NYC

Friday: Broccoli Cheddar Quiche with a Tomato Salad

Saturday: Green as Spring Veal Stew

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  1. I've loved everything I've tried in The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook. The book is user friendly, and sure to be a crowd pleaser!

    1. I couldn't agree more... thanks for letting people know your opinion. Really fun to hear the Lucky stories too.

  2. This looks delicious, I love bourbon chicken...I'll have to try this recipe!

    1. This is a simple delicious version of bourbon chicken... I hope you enjoy it.

  3. This sounds delicious ! Thanks for adding the notes. I was beginning to wonder how to substitute kitchen bouquet.

    1. When I looked up how to make it the ingredients were dark sugar and something else that was already in the recipe. I think might darken it, but the taste was fine without it.

  4. This chicken looks really delicious Diane! I have never seen this cookbook, but I think it will need to be added to my collection. ;) I will be skipping the kitchen bouquet - caramel color (no thank you) vegetable base and sodium benzoate. Soy sauce might be a fun substitution with the ginger. :)

    1. It was just published. Really fun cookbook a good variety of recipes, and they have little quotes for Lucky who is such a fun character.

  5. This really is a wonderful cookbook. I am enjoying it too.
    Have a beautiful Easter week. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  6. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!

  7. Hi Diane,
    Your Bourbon Chicken Milanese looks delicious, wish I was having this dish today. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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