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Bourbon Chicken Recipe

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I have seen this recipe for Chinese bourbon chicken literally all over the net and I just had to give it a try to see what everyone was raving about. Apparently, a lot of Chinese take out places have this but I have yet to see it there or at any buffet.  What’s great is no alcohol actually goes into this recipe. I know what you’re thinking… “but then why is it called bourbon chicken?” To be honest, I have no idea, but it tastes great! The sauce has great flavor – just the right amount of sweetness and spice. For the chicken – it’s your choice whether you want a little breading on it or not. I just lightly dusted the chicken bits with cornstarch to give them slight crispiness. This is a two-step recipe and takes very little time to prepare. This recipe is best served with a side dish of white rice.
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Bourbon Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Bobby


  • 2lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • oil (for frying)
  • cornstarch (for dusting, optional)
  • Sauce-
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • The ½ cup of water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce


  1. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, and if you choose lightly dust with cornstarch. Heat oil in your wok and fry chicken bits in batches until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  2. In a bowl combine all sauce ingredients. Pour into wok and bring to a boil. Add chicken bits back to the pan, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
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Thursday 9th of January 2014

In Louisiana we know this dish as ''Bourbon St. Chicken'', its was and still is made and served by the better street food carts in New Orleans during our Mardi Gras Season.


Saturday 16th of February 2013

I substituted brown sugar for Splenda's version as I'm type I diabetic. I did add 1/4 cup Bourbon and cooked out the alcohol. I rarely make the same dish twice or the same way, but everyone loved this so I'll keep it as a favorite and return when we wish to have it again.


Tuesday 3rd of July 2012

A lot more "soy" than my mall's bourbon chicken tends to taste. I'm considering cutting the soy sauce and maybe adjusting up the sugar? The sauce in my part of the us is almost maple syrup-y


Monday 28th of May 2012

I made this today for the first time!It came out perfect!Thanks for this recipe.It is a new FAV!


Tuesday 30th of August 2011

I made this recipe for the first time last night. It was really AMAZING. A definite new favorite in our household. Thanks!