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Bourbon Chicken

One of my favorite take-out style dishes made with bourbon, brown sugar, ketchup, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, and more for a delicious recipe that packs a serious flavor punch!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 389kcal



  • pounds chicken breast diced into 1-2” pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil



  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, salt, and pepper until evenly coated.
  • Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the seasoned chicken and cook for about 6 to 9 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, chicken broth, brown sugar, ketchup, bourbon, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and ginger. Pour into the pan and let simmer for 5 minutes to reduce slightly.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the water and corn starch until smooth. Pour into bourbon mixture and whisk quickly to combine. Let simmer until thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add in the chicken and toss to coat and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Serve hot over rice.


  • If you want a spicy version, add 1 tablespoon of chili paste to the sauce.
  • Water can be used in place of chicken broth.
  • 1½ teaspoons of freshly grated ginger may be used in place of ground ginger.
  • ¾ teaspoon of garlic powder may be used in place of garlic paste.
  • Dark brown sugar may be used for a deeper, richer flavor.
  • Bourbon is the signature ingredient in this recipe and should not be omitted.


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 2249mg | Potassium: 756mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.5mg