Bourbon Chicken

Beth Pierce


Chances are pretty good that you may have tried Bourbon chicken at the one of your local restaurants or even Applebees. It is a delicious restaurant choice but you can easily make this at home. You can serve over rice or for a low carb meal over Zucchini Noodles.


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10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 Tbsp
    cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c
    bourbon (or whiskey)
  • 1/4 c
    light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
    ketchup (see notes)
  • 1/4 c
    soy sauce
  • 1/4 c
    chicken broth (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 4
    chicken breasts (around 2 lbs) cut into semi thin bite size pieces
  • 2
    cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh grated ginger
  • 1
    green onion thinly sliced
  • 1/8 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)

How to Make Bourbon Chicken


  1. In a medium bowl combine cider vinegar, bourbon, brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, chicken broth and cornstarch; set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium high heat. Brown the chicken pieces in a single layer; working in batches if needed. Turn the pieces over and brown the other side. Once browned on both sides move to a large plate.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add minced garlic and grated ginger stirring constantly; cook for 1 minute. Whisk the bourbon/soy mixture one last time and pour it in the skillet. Bring the sauce to a low boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir the chicken into the sauce after 1-2 minutes of simmering. Top with thin slices of green onion, add red pepper flakes to taste and serve over rice or spiralized zucchini noodles.
  4. NOTES
    If you like lots of flavor consider substituting barbecue sauce for the ketchup.
    You can substitute water for the chicken broth if needed.
    My family loves a lot of sauce so I always double the sauce portion of the recipe.

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About Bourbon Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Dietary Needs: Low Fat Dairy Free Low Carb
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids

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