212. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Peach Whiskey Barbecue Chicken

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This weeks Heinen’s 4PM Panic recipe is one of my all-time favorites…Peach Whiskey Barbecue Chicken.  It’s great for a weekday with family or as a main dish for entertaining.  It’s easy but oh-so impressive.  Most cooks seem to have their four to six go-to recipes with slight variations. With our weekly menu ideas, hopefully you’ll feel inspired to expand your routine.  And, believe me, your family will LOVE every sweet and savory bite of this week’s recipe!


Anytime I can throw dinner together in one pan it’s a good day. This one actually takes two pans if you count the potatoes but once you taste it you’ll forget about the clean up effort. I’ve adapted this recipe from Ree Drummond’s recipe in Pioneer Woman cooks. It’s quick and easy to prep and, after 90 minutes in the oven, it’s ready to serve. Your family will think you slaved over a hot stove all day.

Peaches are in season so this is a great way to enjoy them. Heinen’s produce department delivers the hero once again. If you’re worried about serving your kids Whiskey for dinner. Fear not! The alcohol will cook off in the cooking process leaving behind layers of flavor that sing!


We add salad to everything. the micro greens at heinen’s are my favorite addition.  They are often overlooked.  Give them a try! They add a tender mild freshness to any salad. Ive also added fresh blueberries and pistachios and Borage which is a endable flower



Peach-Whiskey Barbecue Chicken


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 chicken legs and 6 thighs skin on
  • 1 sweet yellow onion diced fine
  • 1 1/2 cups good whiskey
  • 4 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup peach preserves
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 ripe peaches, pitted and sliced into 8 slices each

Potatoes for Serving


You can finish the dish by garnishing with thinly sliced green onion or chopped parsley. I used roasted potato wedges with fresh dill because I had some par cooked potatoes and this is about keeping it simple and using what is fresh and available. Mashed potatoes or buttered egg noodles are great with this dish also. I haven’t tried rice but go for it if that’s what you prefer. You can also spice it up with a bit of red pepper flake for heat. Apricot preserves and sliced apricots can be substitute


  • Preheat the oven to 300°
  • Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Cook the chicken pieces until golden brown on all sides. about 5 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from skillet and set aside. Add the onion to the skillet. Stir and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. All the drippings from the chicken will mix with the onion…yum.
  • Pour in the whiskey. Be careful if cooking over an open flame. Cook for 3 minutes or so allowing the whiskey to reduce.
  • Add in the BBQ sauce, peach preserves and Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 cup of water. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan. Add the peaches.
  • Cover with lid or foil then place in the oven for 90 minutes.

Note: I place a cookie sheet at the bottom of the oven to catch drips. Caution, your house will smell fantastic!!! Remove from the oven and serve. The chicken will be tender and falling off the bone. The sauce will be rich and the peaches soft. This is how you will know it is done.


To help you during those times when hungry kids head to the pantry before you’ve even thought about dinner, we’re teaming up with Heinens Grocery to bring you our new “4PM Panic” series.  Each week on Tuesday we’ll share recipes to help you put dinner on the table BEFORE the kids come calling!



By the way, have you heard about Heinen’s Tasteful Rewards™ program?  Sign up for free to receive exclusive weekly specials via email and earn Heinen’s rewards.  As a Tasteful Rewards™ membership benefit, Heinen’s will donate up to 1% of your qualified purchases made between September and April to a local school of your choice through their Teaming Up for Education Program. CLICK HERE to sign up for Heinen’s Tasteful Rewards™ and, trust me, this is one email that will always please your palate!

Photographer Sally Roeckell specializes in contemporary lifestyle portraiture with an emphasis on food photography.  She regularly shops at Heinen’s for the family dishes she features via Table and Dish on Instagram and on her website at  TableAndDish.com.

Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meathead’s) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Heinens.com.

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