Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken

1637 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 89% would make again

Ready in 30 minutes

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. :) "


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 served this with salad and shrimp sauce (double street bourbon sauce).





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Made it with a delicious fried rice on the side. Was great!
nicholejones 6h ago

My 10 year old daughter made the sauce and the whole family loves it. We will be making it again. We cut the red pepper down by a lot because my kids don't like spicy food. We used 2/3 the stated amount of corn starch and got a good thickness but I will make extra sauce next time so it can soak into the rice.
spalesotti 20h ago

The family loved it.
biillyboi 1d 20h ago

It was just ok for me
menma17 2w ago

Try sriracha instead of red pepper flakes. The flakes make it hot without adding much to the flavor, but the sriracha makes it even more delicious.
Randee26 2w ago

I really enjoyed this and it had just the right amount of spice. Sadly it was too spicy for my little boy so unless I have family over I won't be able to make it again. Really tasty and filling though.
hunnibun 2w ago
Just eliminate the red pepper flakes and your little boy will be able to eat it just fine. I have 3- 5 year-olds and they love it but I always eliminate the red pepper flakes and serve it on the side for anybody that likes it spicier. - myronmandy 1w ago

Simple and delicious! I grilled the chicken and cook the sauce till they are dark and sticky. Would cook again and would try it with chicken thigh
mdoria04 2w ago

This is exactly like an Asian dish. Similar to Chinese and Asian in flavor. Nothing special about it. I can't believe people are rating this fish 5 stars!
macgeeksummer 2w ago

I was very pleased with this dish. I will definitely make again, next time adding green onions and using broccoli as s side.
starmelrosea5l4 3w ago

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