When I was in college, I worked at the mall. Now the city where I went to college was quite small. So this mall was nothing to brag about. But, it was still a mall. The food court consisted of a McDonalds, Orange Julius Auntie Annes Pretzels and a Mongolian BBQ.
I will say that I ate at the McDonalds, the Orange Julius and Auntie Annes a time or two while I worked at the mall. Mostly it was if I was running late and hadn’t had dinner. Though, I had a hard time staying away from the pretzels… so delicious!
I had never had the Mongolian BBQ – though it smelled amazing every time I walked past it.
One day, during the summer, I stopped by where a friend of mine worked. He couldn’t leave for lunch but really wanted the Bourbon Chicken from the Mongolian BBQ joint. I offered to drive to the mall and pick some up for him. He handed me over cash, requested two bourbon chickens and told me I could get something for myself too, if I wanted to.
I got to the mall, ordered the two for him and nothing for myself. The smell was so intoxicating that I was second guessing my decision to not get one.
Once I got in my car, the only thing I could smell was the bourbon chicken. I knew I had to try some. I opened the top box and picked out a small piece of chicken, and savored it.
How did I never order this before?!
I ate a few more pieces, before remembering this wasn’t my meal… and I couldn’t eat all the chicken!
I haven’t really thought of making the chicken at home. I knew nothing could compete with that place. I tried it at a buffet a few years back and… gross. Nothing would ever come close to that beautiful joint.. which I don’t even think is in the mall anymore.
Well, today I was cruising around Pinterest, and I came across a recipe for Bourbon Street Chicken.
It looked amazing. It looked almost like the stuff that came from the mall.
I knew I had to make it tonight.
I scanned the ingredient list, I had most of the items, and what I didn’t, I could substitute with something close.
The verdict? AMAZING!. Definitely in rotation at my house.
Bourbon Street Chicken