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Bourbon Chicken Recipe
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5 from 6 votes

Bourbon Chicken Recipe

This bourbon chicken recipe is melt-in-your-mouth delicious with juicy chunks of chicken simmered in a sweet and spicy brown sugar sauce, a one-pan meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon, chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 267kcal


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast cut into bite-sized chunks, or use chicken thighs
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil or use vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup bourbon use apple juice as a non-alcoholic substitute
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional for a touch of heat, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • For Garnish: Chopped scallions/green onions spicy chili flakes


  • Heat the sesame oil together in a wok or pan to medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until they begin to turn golden brown.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  • Whisk together the soy sauce, bourbon, brown sugar, vinegar and red pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Pour the sauce into the wok or pan and reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes to cook off the alcohol from the bourbon and cook the chicken through.
  • Whisk together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Stir it into the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes, until the sauce thickens to your preference. You can use a bit more cornstarch for a thicker sauce.
  • Garnish and serve! I love mine over steamed rice, or with noodles!



For a thicker sauce, add an extra teaspoon or more of cornstarch slurry to the sauce.
Heat Factor: Mild-Medium, though you can spice things up with more chili flakes.
Calories estimated without rice or noodles.


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 955mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg