Easy Bourbon Chicken

Posted: August 26

Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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In the mood for takeout? Try this recipe for Easy Bourbon Chicken for a DIY takeout that is delicious and simple to make!


For the chicken: • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into bite-sized pieces • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger For the sauce: • 1/2 cup water • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce • 1/4 cup bourbon • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth • 3 tablespoons apple juice • 2 1/2 tablespoons ketchup • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes To thicken the sauce: • 1 tablespoon cornstarch • 1 1/2 tablespoons cold water • Optional toppings: green onions, sesame seeds


Step 1

Add the chicken, salt, pepper, and cornstarch to a mixing bowl, then toss to combine well.

Step 2

Combine the sauce ingredients in a separate mixing bowl, whisking well. Set the mixture aside.

Step 3

Add 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil to a large skillet, and heat over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, add half the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes, without stirring.

Step 4

Flip the chicken over or stir, and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate, and repeat with the remaining oil and chicken. Remove the second batch of chicken to a plate.

Step 5

Add garlic and ginger to the same skillet, and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.

Step 6

Pour in the mixed sauce ingredients. Bring to a low boil, then add the chicken back to the skillet, stir, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for about 7-10 minutes until the sauce is thickening and reducing.

Step 7

Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl until the mixture is smooth, then stir it into the sauce.

Step 8

Cook for another few minutes, until the sauce is thickened and coats the back of a spoon.

Step 9

If desired, serve immediately with white rice and garnish with sliced green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds (optional).