Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken

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1566 review(s) averaging 4.5. 89% would make again

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





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Just made this for the guys at the firehouse, we all loved it!
john_o_connor 19 hours ago

Great flavour, tender! We have tried many different types of Chinese chicken style and so far this one works the best!
M_Munoz68 2 days 21 hours ago

I have made this a few times. I like to used chicken thighs and to add a bit (to taste) of Jack Daniels whisky to the sauce. My husband and son love it.
shawnbennettjacobs 6 days 23 hours ago

Oh yes yes yes. This was easy, quick and delicious! We will definitely be having this again.
MinnaB 1 week ago

I've made this for my family a few times now. I 'guesstimate' on the portions. I find myself always adding more ketchup and brown sugar at the end to have a sweeter taste and more red peppers for the sweet and spicy feel. I serve this with white rice and broccoli. I love it!
wintred 1 week ago

Third time making it, and it comes out delicious every time. This time I took the suggestion below of adding Jack Daniels (I was only willing to spare 1tbsp lol), and I deglazed the pan with red wine at the end of the chicken cooking time. Also used boneless skinless chicken thighs this time instead of breasts, and the flavor was richer, we loved it. And I always use dark brown sugar instead of light, again, richer flavor.
BijouS 1 week ago

MissSMITH2015 2 weeks ago

Double the recipe for the sauce and add 3 tablespoons of Jack Daniels whiskey. when you're finished cooking almost the sauce adding green peppers yellow peppers and red peppers to add a nice balance to the meal
fessiambre 2 weeks ago

Made this last night. Really really liked it. It is on the sweeter side if you are a saltier person, which I am. I served it with pasta and the BF an i agreed that it would be MUCH better with rice (which was originally suggested)
Chelsea925 2 weeks ago

Only exception I made to the recipe was using thighs instead of breasts and it turned out great! It was incredibly delicious with rice. Will definitely make it again!
meganhorn33 2 weeks ago

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