Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken

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1526 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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love, love, love this recipe! I always double the sauce and serve over noodles!
jselig 3 days 2 hours ago
I love this recipe! I like to make it extra spicy! So of course I add extra red pepper.
kylecrewey 4 days 9 hours ago
I made the recipe as is, but also added 1/2 cup Tennessee bourbon to it, made it taste even better. Great recipe, thanks.
Doug1864 1 week ago
This does not taste like bourbon chicken, it has a mild bbq sauce taste and doesn't taste good with rice, as you would expect it to
michelle_sinkovich 2 weeks ago
Delicious! Made this tonight with jasmine rice and my husband and I loved it. Not too saucy but didn't need tons of sauce. Will make again.
allycat67 2 weeks ago
One of the household's number 1 favorites!!
Bevhunt72 4 weeks ago
Awesome recipe! I brined my chicken breast for 15 minutes and then covered in flour before frying to maintain the moisture and it made the chicken super juicy!
ririmarley 1 month ago
Very easy and delicious. Loved it!
chutzpahubris 1 month ago
kimgreene 1 month ago
My husband loved this!
4nicole 2 months ago
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