Bourbon Chicken

You know in the food court at the mall when they hand out those tasty samples at the asian restaurants? I always love to get the sample of the bourbon chicken. But at the mall they are eaither fried or made using tons of butter. So when I came across this recipe on You’re Gonna Bake It After All (a fantastic blog…check it out if you haven’t already), I knew it was the perfect way to have my bourbon chicken a little bit healthier. Plus I know what’s going into it!:) This really tasted phenomonal. I thought it was even better than the food court bourbon chicken! It had a sweet, yet tangy flavor. This is going on our regular rotation for sure.


Bourbon Chicken
Source: You’re Gonna Bake It After All, originally from RecipeZaar

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
Olive Oil Cooking Spray (or 1 tbsp. olive oil)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1/4 cup apple juice
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
1/3 cup reduce sodium soy sauce
1 Tablespooon cornstarch/1 Tablespoon water (optional)

Spray a large skillet with olive oil cooking spray (or use the 1 tbsp. olive oil). Add chicken and cook over medium heat until lightly browned. Remove chicken from skillet.
Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well mixed and dissolved.
Add chicken and bring to a hard boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
If you prefer a thicker sauce, combine 1 tbsp. water and 1 tbsp. cornstarch in a separate bowl and add a little at at time to reach desired consistency.
Serve over hot rice, if desired.

*Notes: Even though it says it in the name, this particular recipe doesn’t call for actual bourbon but you can definitely add it if desired. Add it where it says to add all remaining ingredients.  I would start with 1/4 cup or so and add more to taste if necessary.

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  1. Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) says:

    Definitely bookmarking this! I love bourbon chicken!!

  2. Thanks for posting this! I love bourbon chicken 🙂

  3. Just made this – very good! Thanks for sharing.

  4. You are so sweet! I'm so glad you liked this! It's one of our favorite at-home Chinese dishes 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    I made this tonight and it was great. I added a package of frozen stir fried veggies and it was great with the sauce.

  6. This sounds super! I'm trying to eat more chicken and sometimes it gets boring, nice way to spice it up!

  7. love bourbon chicken!!
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  8. Sam&Steven says:

    Love this! Just made it and this will def. be added to our rotation! Thanks!

  9. amsterwill83 says:

    I just made this and absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!!! I'm so glad I found it on your blog!


  10. newmanfamily says:

    Made this last night finally and it was so yummy! Had more kick than I thought it would. I am going to try to add veggies to it next time.

  11. I made this last night and while it was so super yummy (i just finished it for lunch too) mine wasnt as sticky and dark looking as yours even after the corn starch? Any thoughts?

    • Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

      hmm…I am not sure. Maybe try an additional slurry of corn starch or simmer it for longer until the sauce reduces and thickens. Glad you enjoyed it!

  12. Hey, I just wanted to let you all know! This is one of the best recipes I’ve ever had!!!! My husband is very hard to please when I’m trying new things to eat, but he LOVED IT!!!! Thank you so much 🙂

  13. Where is the bourbon? I don’t see it included in this recipe….

  14. Made this tonight for a dinner party and WOW everyone was blown away! Great recipe!

  15. Kristina says:

    After having bourbon chicken at a local Chinese restaurant and decided to give this recipe a try. I was surprised that this recipe and most online Bourbon chicken recipes didn’t contain actual Bourbon. I made the recipe according the directions, and while the dish was good it didn’t deliver on the Bourbon chicken expectation. The sauce ended up tasting more like a teriyaki style sauce. Good flavors, but not what I had in mind. Based on that, don’t think I would make again.

    • I’m sorry it wasn’t what you were expecting but glad it still tasted good. Maybe if you play around with some of the ingredients and increments you can get more of the flavor you were looking for. Thanks for trying the recipe out and visiting the blog!:)

  16. AWESOME recipe. I made it for my parents and little brother, and they all loved it. I’m not the best cook, so everyone was quite impressed with my creation! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  17. My family loved this recipe, thanks for sharing it!

  18. Where’s the bourbon??????? Might I suggest Makers Mark Bourbon! Sounds easy but still don’t understand the name of it.

  19. LOVE this recipe! I’ve made it twice and it’s been perfect both times. I never seem to have apple juice, but I’ve always used apple sauce. It works just as well and helps the sauce to thicken up and stick to the chicken. YUM =]

  20. This is a STAPLE in my house…thanks so much for the recipe, I LOVE your blog!!


  21. Just made this for my family tonight and we couldn’t get enough!! This recipe is absolutely fantastic!! New family fave!! Thank you so much :))

  22. I made this recipe for dinner this week and it was great. My husband said yes!! you need to make this at least once a week. The only thing I would change is to make more sauce to slop up the rice. Great recipe!!

  23. Love love love this!!! I tripled the recipe (we were feeding a lot of people) I made extra sauce, added 2 bags of stir fry veggies and about 4 cups of brown rice. Made a complete meal! Everyone loved it! Even the three year olds. I added a little Asian hot sauce to my own bowl.( I like spicy) I also had to add cornstarch to thicken up the sauce. Overall a super delicious recipe. We will be making this frequently. Thanks!!!5 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you?