Cranberry Whiskey Sauce Over Whole Chicken Legs

Recipes by Missy Workman & Photos by Holly Booth

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The holiday season is just around the corner, and there's no better time to embrace the warm and comforting flavors of this festive time of year. Whether you're hosting a Thanksgiving feast or simply looking for a special meal, this duo makes a simple, but filling dinner. Picture this: succulent whole grilled chicken legs, perfectly seasoned, served alongside a luscious and tangy cranberry whiskey sauce.

In this blog, we'll guide you through two easy-to-follow recipes. First, we'll show you how to make the sweet, smoky Cranberry Whiskey Sauce, a versatile and delectable condiment that's equally at home with chicken, pork, lamb, or even as a cocktail syrup. Then, we'll move on to the main attraction - the Whole Grilled Chicken Legs. With minimal prep and a cast iron skillet & grill grate, you'll have tender, flavorful protein ready to take center stage.

How to Make
Cranberry Whiskey Sauce

Servings: 3+ | Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: ~30 min | Total Time: 45


  • 12 ounces cranberries
  • 6 ounces of dark, sweet cherries
  • 1/2 cup High West bourbon
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon Stick
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Zest from one orange


  • Enamel saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon


  1. Add all ingredients except the High West bourbon in an enamel saucepan over medium to low heat. Combine well and allow to reach a low boil.
  2. Turn the heat off when it reaches a runny jam consistency, and add the High West bourbon. Use a Wooden Spoon to stir, then allow to cool.
  3. Serve over chicken legs (recipe below) or pork, lamb, or even use as a syrup in your favorite cocktail.

How to Make
Whole Chicken Legs

Servings: 3 | Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 30 min | Total Time: 40


  • 6 whole chicken Legs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Thyme
  • Olive oil


  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Grill Grate


  1. Pat chicken legs dry, then generously season with salt, pepper, and thyme on both sides. Drizzle with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Place on a prepared grill or open fire in a cast iron skillet.
  3. Cook on low, starting with skin side down for about 15 minutes; then flip and cook on the other side until internal temperature reads 200 degrees or juices run clear.

More Thanksgiving Recipes To Try

Cheesy Skillet Potatoes

Whiskey Glazed Vegetables

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