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Bourbon Chicken

Sticky, sweet and delicious, this bourbon chicken will feed a crowd, and it's so easy to make!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 lb boneless chicken breasts OR thighs
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the Sauce

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 green onions, sliced for garnish
  • sesame seeds for garnish


  • Cut the chicken breasts into 1" pieces and place in a large bowl. Combine chicken with the cornstarch, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add2 tablespoons of olive oil to large skillet over medium heat.  When oil is shimmering, add the chicken, and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring until the chicken is just browned. Remove the chicken from the skillet. 
  • Whisk together 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Add to the skillet, along with the apple juice, bourbon, soy sauce, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, ginger, and red pepper flakes.
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet once mixture has come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer @ 10 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165⁰ F,and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • You can serve on its own, in a lettuce wrap or over rice.  Be sure to remember to garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.
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