"Drunken" Chicken


"Drunken" Chicken

Drunken Chicken
30 Min

Drink in the exciting flavor when you add a bit of tropical tasting rum to our "Drunken" Chicken recipe. This lively easy main dish meal suits a weeknight as well as company!

What You'll Need

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 to 1-½ pounds), flattened to ½-inch thickness
  • 1/4 cup light rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup cream of coconut

What to Do

  1. Place chicken in a single layer in a 9- x 13-inch glass baking dish; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine rum, nutmeg, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, crushed red pepper, and ginger. Mix well and pour over chicken. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes, turning once.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Remove chicken from marinade reserving excess marinade, and saute chicken until cooked through and golden. Remove chicken to a serving platter and keep warm. 
  4. Add mushrooms and reserved marinade to skillet and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in cream of coconut. Cook sauce over low heat 5 to 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened; serve over chicken. 




Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 378
  • Calories from Fat 163
  • Total Fat 18g 28 %
  • Saturated Fat 15g 76 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 3.2g 6 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 15mg 5 %
  • Sodium 335mg 14 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 45g 15 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.9g 3 %
  • Sugars 43g 0 %

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I am not a big fan of coconut, so I used half and half, since I always have that on hand for my morning coffee. The lime juice, nutmeg, and ginger give it a subtly exotic flavor without tasting too tropical. The rum is great, as is using beer or wine when cooking meats, because it really helps to tenderize the chicken. I wouldn't worry about the alcohol, since it will cook off during the cooking process.

My husband liked this but I was not a big fan. I did take the suggestions of doubling the marinade which I'm glad I did. My husband suggested tripling it for his mashed potatoes.

This is a great recipe to cook on a weeknight!

I just made this tonignt with boneless thighs removing as much fat as possible and strips of green pepper and red onion I needed to use up anyway Next time I make this I will double the recipe for the marinade and omit the cream of coconut The cream of coconut made the final recipe sweet but still good none-the-less I found the flavor fantastic before I added the cream of coconut and almost didn't The sweetness has nothing to do with the brown sugar really You could also add zuccini snow peas broccoli or anything else you please to make it a one pot meal with some french bread an plain white rice or wide noodles Double or triple the marinade to have sauce for your final needs My husband really liked it too which is unbelievable He is the pickiest of eaters and planning meals is a job inRead More it's self

Made this dish for dinner last night, exactly to the published recipe. It was quite easy to make, and company-worthy! We both thought it was just a wee bit sweet for our taste, and that's the only reason for no 5th star. I would definitely make it again, with a bit less brown sugar and a bit more lime juice next time. The rum, coconut, and spice flavors were subtle, and delectable. Served it with a wild rice blend and a nice green salad, as well as a glass or two of Rosa Regale! Satisfying! BTW, coconut cream is easily found at the super market, in the section where drink mixes are found. You know -- bloody mary mix, sweet-sour mix, and the like.

We had a friend over for dinner last night and this was what I made, it was a hit! Both he and my husband said this recipe is a keeper. That little kick of the red pepper along side the sweet from the sugar makes a great combination. Thank you Mr. Food, I know you are still serving up "ooh it's so good!" food on the other side.

Loved the sound of this recipe until I got to the Coconut Milk .... Have a severe allergy to the coconut and coconut milk. Does anyone have an alternative that wouldn't affect the overall taste?

I though it was great on it's own with out the cream of coconut. Just doulbe on the marinade so you have enough "sauce" to serve with your meal. I wished I hadn't added the cream of coconut because the flavor was phenominal without it.

Our Walmart carries Coco Lopez but it is not always where you would expect to find it. You can usually find it around the liquors where the mixers are.


no i do not think it to sweet. i love the hell out of sugar and my rum . will be the frist hit the rum before i bake it

Have made this three times and each time it came out delicious! We all love the sauce! Goes great with dirty rice or fried rice.

Made Drunken Chicken Monday and the family rated this as excellent and asked to have it again, and again. Followed the recipe as written except I doubled the marinade ingredients and added a 10.5 oz. can of chicken gravy because they like allot of sauce on their rice. Served peas for veggie. Thank you Mr.Food for sharing this winner.

This was so easy to make. It came out perfect! Keep up the good work .

I made this for supper tonight and it was very good, a little sweet for our tastes, but very good. The soy sauce and the lime juice made the chicken extremely tender. I will definitely make it again and adjust the amounts of brown sugar and Cream of Coconut. I served it over rice that I made from a Zatarins rice mix that was spicy. The blend of the spicy rice with the sweet chicken was really good. For you that are asking about the Cream of Coconut, it is the same thing that is used to make a Pina Colada drink. You can find it in the section of your store along with the alcoholic drink mixers like Margarita mix or Bloody Mary mix. Our store carries a brand called "Coco Lopez". Coconut milk is not the same thing.

Glad for comment on cream of coconut. I would have used the type in milk boxes found with rice, almond, etc milk on shelf.

I was disappointed in the taste. The chicken was moist, and it was almost like a plain chicken and rice dish. I thought by reading the ingredients that it would be over the top..it was hardly off the bottom.

Try again follow marinade to the letter marinade for hour or more I used a combo of Bacardi and dark rum because I didn't have enough light Bacardi Change up your rum and use the real thing not imitation If your worried about the alcohol it burns off as it cooks You will not get drunk off it and it is safe for children to eat too Get a heavy cast iron pan and make sure it is good and hot You may have to pour off some of the juice as it cooks to get it to brown the chicken Also try using boneless strips or chunks the marinade will infuse better Once you have thouroughly cooked and browned the chicken remove it to a platter The bottom of the pan will almost be burnt Add the remaining marinade and mix the juices with all the scrapings from the panRead More I really believe this helps the flavor

In the aisle where the have mixers like bloody mary, or margarita studd there are usually small cans called coco lopez which is a much thicker version of coconut milk and should probably work well - it is at my walmart as well as my kroger. If you still can't find I woould go for a couple cans of cocnut milk but heat them to thicken and get the water out - otherwise too thin and not nearly so flavorful

Where can i find cream of coconut? Didnt carey it at walmart. Under what brand and store in Joplin carries this?

If your store has an ethnic aisle, you may find it there.

Coco Lopez is the brand I used. As others have said, it can be found with "NON-ALCOHOL MIXERS" Our Walmart does carry it with the mixers. You could also get it at your local "Package store" or wherever you buy your booze. Google "Coco Lopez Real Cream of Coconut" and you should be able to find what the can looks like. Whenever I don't know what something is, I either google it or go to youtube.com and find a video on how to prep or do something. There is a video for everything you could ever wand to know there. Just a thought.....

It sounds really good, except I will use turkey and want to use coconut cream if I can find it.

Walmart did not carey cream of coconut. I guess substitute with coconut milk.

coconut milk is not the same.

I didn't have rum in the house so I went out to buy some and opened it on the way home to taste it and when I got home I made scrambled eggs with rum, I think, and it was good, I think. Thanks for the recipe.

This person is lucky they didn't get "pulled over" for driving with an open container in the car!

Oh ye of little sense of humor!!

Ok...eating it now. I went out to get the rum and cream of coconut to be sure I did it per recipe. My conclusion is that it is good but I expected to be able to taste the various flavors of the items put into it. To me, it is good but the old flavor I get is sweet soy sauce. Although it's good, it's not worth the expense of buying special ingredients. I think that a bottled teryaki would do just as well. Sorry...just a foodie's opinion.

I have been waiting several days for a honest review. I wanted to make this dish a few days ago but could not find coconut cream. Not sure if they sell it here in the south. Anyway thanks for your honest review I won't waste my time or money but I will try your conclusion of using teryaki instead.

I made this recipe and I did use Malibu Coconut Rum for the marinade, I also used a can of coconut milk ( leche de coco ). I also substituted turkey breasts for the chicken. The final result was delicious NOTE considering the ingredients a better name for this recipe might be Jamaican Chicken

This sounds really good! My husband won't eat chicken, but I can get him to eat turkey. lol I think I going to try it your way

You could try using Malibu rum (coconut rum) in place of the cream of coconut... although not sure how it would affect the thickness and texture of the sauce.

Don't have that. Guess I need to go shopping cuz I have Tequila an d not rum which may be ok but rather follow the recipe. Off to the store I go, thanks.

I'm going to try this today but I need to go to the store for Cream of Coconut; however, can anyone tell me what would happen if i substitute coconut milk which I have in my pantry.

i don't have cr of coconut, what would happen if i didn't use it?????bjh

Coconut milk is a different flavor and consistency than cream of coconut. You will not get the same results substituting one for the other. Thank you for your question and enjoy!

It was delicious with out the cram of coconut. I would double the marinade so you have enough juice though.

I want to try this but I would like to know if there is something else that I can use in place of the rum, any ideas anyone.

As we stated in the Notes above, feel free to substitute 1 to 2 tablespoons of rum extract for the rum. Thank you!

I made this tonight and wow were we ever impressed! A defnite keeper of a recipe. Can't imagine anyone that wouldn't like this, even small children.

What can I substitute for cream of coconut? Do not like the taste of coconut?


A couple of weeks ago on WHSV TV 3, Harrisonburg, Va. MR FOOD shared a recipe for 4 sandwiches made in a 9 x 13" pan, I think they were filled with ham & cheese, with a liquid mixture (I think milk & egg) poured over top & baked in oven. I really wanted to try this recipe but was very busy at the time & failed to add it to my MR FOOD recipe box, now I am unable to locate it. Can you help me, please!

Could you mean Monte Cristo Sandwiches? It is on Mr. Food's web site. It sounded good I am trying it tomorrow night. Love Mr. Food!!

Hi bdonna10 3914883! The recipe you are referring to is Monte Cristo Sandwiches and you can find the recipe by clicking here, http://www.mrfood.com/Sandwiches/Monte-Cristo-Sandwiches-From-Mr-Food. Save it to your recipe box and enjoy!

there are a lot of recipes that i would like to try, but can't. reason is i am a diabetic and i need the nutritional values to the recipes, how can i get them?

Thanks for your message. We expect to have nutritional information for our recipes sometime in 2012; we are currently working on the technology to make that happen. In the interim, some of our recipes do have nutritional information analyzed by the American Diabetes Association. You can easily find those with nutritional analysis here: http://www.mrfood.com/?task=search&search_term=diabetic

sounds good but i dont like mushrooms. any good sub.?

You can always leave out the mushrooms and it won't take anything away from the recipe. They are just added for flavor for those who like mushrooms but don't take away from the dish if you omit them because you don't like them.

Do people actually READ the recipes???? There was no sour cream mentioned in the recipe. yet 2 people said they weren't using it but using cream of coconut instead. I don't understand......My question is this though..is cream of coconut the one in the can?? I don't use it much so am stumped, but at least I know it isn't sour cream.

Yes, cream of coconut is the stuff in the can. I don't particularly like the taste of coconut, so I'm going to substitute some almond milk and see how that tastes.

Beyond all the chatter about what to use or not, has anyone made this dish besides "July 10" person? Any positive feedback on this creation?


To the person who wanted the amounts of rum flavoring. It is mentioned in the notes at the bottom of the recipe. It said 1 to 2 tablespoons of rum extract.

Ugh. Had high hopes but the variety of seasonings did not create a pleasant dish.

Instead of Sour Cream, I'm adding cream of coconut with natural coconut flakes.

WHAT SOUR CREAM????? Recipe calls for dream of coconut...Did you drink the remainder of the rum bottle!!!

I used rum flavoring, we don't drink. It was delicious and easy to make.

How much rum flovoring did you add? I would like to use it in this recipe.

You can reduce the chances of the marinade being contamiated by the chicken by boiling the marinade for 1 minute before adding the sour cream.

AGAIN>>>> What sour cream? Cream of coconut is in recipe

Sounds delicious

I used Coconut flavored rum and sprinkled a little toasted coconut on top with the nutmeg just before serving. Yum Yum. One of the best chicken dishes I fixed.

Would using a marinade that raw chicken has been in for a time be safe??? Just asking.

Yes...if you cook it as this recipe directs. Do not use as is.


how are you using the can? if you stuff the bird you can't have it "sitting" on the can. how do you cut the can? do you lay the chicken on the cut side?

Another way to make drunk chicken is to place a whole seasoned chicken over the top of an opened can of beer. Bake for about the same time and it is very delicious, and moist.

This sounds soooooo good ,can't wait to try it


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