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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
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

29 comments

  1. Ivy says:

    Bobby, I’ve bookmarked your recipe. It looks delicious and how do you take these lovely pictures, I want to jump into the bowl.

  2. Tommy says:

    This is a different take on the recipe I’ve done before, but nonetheless it looks nom nom. Suggestion to you if you ever feel like using. Using boneless skinless chicken thighs (they just taste better imo) and just cook them in pan with a little oil, little burned bits are great. Make the sauce as you have, and dump chicken pieces in. All the bourbon chicken types I’ve had in malls have never been fried first; just my two cents.

  3. diva says:

    what?! no alcohol. jokes. this looks great. and there’s cider vinegar in it – wow. the flavours must be immense. gotta try it some time. x

  4. ingrid says:

    Oh, my children love the Bourbon Chicken that they give samples of in the mall’s Food Court. I’m gonna give this a try especialy as it seems so easy.

    I’m sure to be a hero after making this, thanks!
    ~ingrid

  5. Bobby says:

    Ivy – Thanks for the compliments on my pictures. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

    Tommy – Not a bad idea. I have wanted to use thigh meat for along time. I’m thinking about making some general tso’s with it.

    diva – It does have amazing flavor, you will enjoy it!

    ingrid – Great, let me know how it turns out!

  6. Lee says:

    Yet another great dish! I made it last night and it was very good. I love the tangy flavor the apply cider vinager gave it. Thanks again!

  7. Kat says:

    Hey, me and my lil bro are like IN LOVE with bourbon chicken! so I just have a question about this recipe: How many servings does this rcipe make?

  8. Christine says:

    I made this tonight for dinner and my 4 year old daughter just LOVED it! She thought it tasted just as delicious as the one at the mall that she loves. Thanks for an easy and tasty recipe!

  9. Michelle says:

    This was fabulous I have Gerd which keeps me from eating certain things because of the spices and such but this was awesome did not bother me at all thank you for a recipe I can make thats not tasteless!!

  10. tonya says:

    Saw the recipe on the net and got very excited about making it. My husband and I had great bourbon chicken at the mall. And I said that I was going to try to make it. The recipe looks very easy and. Can’t wait to try it!!!!

  11. Bobby says:

    Samantha – That would depends on things such as prices and how many of these ingredients you already have. Assuming you have none, I would say no more than $15.

  12. Deb says:

    It sounds like a winner! Do you use grated ginger or ginger powder? Thanks to anyone who can answer this question!

  13. donna says:

    I tried this. It was good but not great. It did not taste anything like the one in the mall that I go to

  14. Sami says:

    This was wonderful! We had white rie and steemed brocolli with it. I thought it was pretty spicy, but not bad enough to be the only thing you taste. cut the red pepper a bit if you think it will be too spicy for you. I also used the ginger puree in the jar you keep in the frige, and it was great! I’m definently keeping this on the normal rotation. The best part is that the only thing I needed to get was the apple juice, and the hubby picked that up on the way home from work!

    Thank you!!!

  15. Shilan and Montese says:

    My hubby and I made this together and it was great!! Plan on using this again, Thanks for sharing!

  16. nick says:

    Add some fried and stemmed veggies and your all set! I will try this and add fried rice and steemed veggies im sure it will turn out great.
    one question why no bourbon in it?

  17. Miss Babsi says:

    I have bookmarked this recipe. I have always wanted to try making it myself. This will be dinner one night.

  18. Kristine says:

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

  19. Tosha says:

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

  20. C says:

    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

  21. Gary says:

    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.

  22. SharonKay says:

    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.

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