Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken

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A flavorful chicken dish named after Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana

This was a copycat recipe I found & modified of the Bourbon Chicken sold in most Chinese take-outs; which rarely use bourbon as a component. It's wonderfully sweet & spicy without being too hot. For kids that don't like hotstuffs, cut down on the pepper flakes!

"Adjusted this 4 serving to 6 servings and made it exactly as directed... was a bit too "soy" flavored for us and not enough sweet. next time, we will adjust to use less soy sauce and a little more apple juice. Next day leftovers were even tastier as the sauce had soaked into the chicken and gave it a "marinated" flavor as opposed to the stronger sauce of the day before. I look forward to further tweeking the recipe, making ahead of time, and freezing large portions for make ahead meals later on. was great served with lumpia rolls and steamed broccoli. :) "

- TheRosieButterfly

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2 pounds boneless chicken breasts; cut into bite-size pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil; (1-2)
1 garlic clove; crushed
1/4 teaspoon ginger
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup apple juice
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch; (if thick sauce desired)

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



Heat oil in a large skillet.

Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned.

Remove chicken.

Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well blended and dissolved.

Add chicken and bring to a hard boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes uncovered.

Serve over hot rice.


I also like to mix about 1 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce (found in the asian food section of the grocery store) in with the ketchup for additional heat. Do it if you like it spicey!


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I did not have apple juice, but used a chopped apple, mixed all ingredients of the seasoning in a blender and poured it to the pan. It turned up pretty successful. I will definitely make it again!
instantsoul 1 week ago
My kids loved it! Served it with fresh steamed broccoli on the side......I also doubled the sauce
missycomeaux 1 week ago
I used orange juice instead of apple and 1/4 tp. of pepper flakes. Just right for us.
AESG 1 week ago
Terrific!! The flavor is perfect and a big hit at our house. My husband loves heat so he adds the Sriracha sauce on his own plate. We love this dish! Thank you for sharing it!
Bevhunt72 2 weeks ago
Yummy. Even the kids loved it!
deborahjones22957 2 weeks ago
This is great the way it is, but I add a can of fancy Chinese veggies.
stephaniedowd 2 weeks ago
sheriskitchen 3 weeks ago
I used boneless chicken thighs and dipped them in egg white and then dusted them with cornstarch. I fried the chicken thighs until golden brown. This made the dish have crunchy effect and the cornstarch from the chicken made the sauce thicker. Great recipe!
nikki_bermundoallen 4 weeks ago
Kids loved it
brutalmilo 1 month ago
earworm 1 month ago
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