What can I substitute for brandy in this chicken recipe?
August 7, 2014 6:38 AM Subscribe
Hi AskMe, I need to make a chicken recipe that I've been given - it's a chicken stroganoff type thing. The recipe calls for 2Tbs of brandy. I don't have any brandy and I don't intend to buy some just to make this recipe. What can I substitute? I'm fine with alcohol, I'd just prefer a type I already own.
posted by pianissimo to Food & Drink (18 answers total)
It's a fairly standard basic recipe - brown onions and chicken then add mushrooms, paprika, Worcester sauce, stock and brandy. Simmer, add cream.
It was emphasised in the recipe that the brandy is important, but it's not like it's getting flamed or anything. I really don't want to buy a bottle of brandy just for a couple of tablespoons in this one recipe. What can I use instead? I understand that only brandy tastes like brandy, but surely something else can still taste good?
I've seen suggestions for bourbon - the closest thing I have to bourbon is Southern Comfort. Will that work? I also don't have rum, although I am more likely to buy rum than I am brandy. Otherwise I have red and white wine, beer, plain and various fruit flavoured vodkas, Cointreau, gin and that's about it for hard liquor. I'm also OK with non-alcoholic substitute suggestions. Thanks!