Recipe Review: Bourbon Chicken!


I used to make this recipe for our family pretty often, but it had been awhile and I ran across it searching through old menu plan posts.  It was a hit with everyone except my five year old, who honestly won’t eat much these days.  I love it because it’s relatively easy to prepare, too!

5.0 from 2 reviews

Recipe Review: Bourbon Chicken!
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Serves: 4-6

  • 1½-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ¾ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ c. apple juice (I have substituted pineapple juice and we actually prefer it this way!)
  • ⅓ c. light brown sugar
  • 2 T ketchup
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ c. water
  • ⅓ c. soy sauce

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned. Remove chicken.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to create sauce, heating over medium heat until well dissolved. Add chicken and bring to a hard boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. I always add cornstarch and water at the end to thicken.
  3. Serve over hot rice.

Since it had been awhile since I had made this, I followed the recipe exactly and used the apple juice. I felt like the combination of cider vinegar and the apple juice was overkill and I remembered that in the past, I have used pineapple juice and we have liked it a lot more because it has been tangy! You can also use orange juice if you have some on hand! I also recommend doubling the ingredients for the sauce because it’s SO yummy and you want to have plenty of it!

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  1. Yum! Thanks for sharing. This looks delicious. I saw it at Titus 2 Tuesday.

  2. Yummy! I love bourbon chicken. Will have to try this. I also like using pineapples and their juice. Have a lovely day!
    Neighbors About Town Blog

  3. omg, looks so yummy! will try to make it later this week. )

  4. Love Bourbon Chicken!
    I would love to have you share this and/or any other recipe at Wednesday Extravaganza – A Foodie Link Party. Hope to see you there 🙂

  5. Can’t wait to try this! I love bourbon chicken! I found you over at Full Plate Thursday where I posted an ice cream recipe!
    May you be magnificently blessed today!
    Tina @ Mommynificent

  6. How wonderfully simple, yet delicious! I love that there is juice in the recipe too.

  7. Oh, bourbon chicken! 🙂 That looks fab! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

  8. I have made this recipe several times now and its a family favorite, I have made this with steak also yum


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