If you’re searching for a dish that combines the rich, caramelized flavors of the South with a touch of sophisticated flair, look no further than Bourbon Chicken. This mouthwatering recipe takes succulent chicken and infuses it with the bold, boozy essence of bourbon, creating a culinary experience that is both familiar and utterly captivating.

1. Bourbon Chicken Recipe


  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for a bit of heat)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Cooked rice or noodles, for serving


In a large skillet or wok, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

Next, add the chicken pieces to the hot oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the diced onion to the skillet. Cook the onion, stirring frequently, until it’s soft and translucent, about 3-5 minutes.

Then add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.

Carefully pour in the bourbon and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Allow the bourbon to simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until it’s reduced by about half.

Stir in the soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes (if using). Season the sauce with salt and black pepper to taste.

Return the cooked chicken and any accumulated juices to the skillet. Toss the chicken to coat it evenly in the sauce.

Reduce the heat to low and let the Bourbon Chicken simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through.

Serve the Bourbon Chicken immediately over cooked rice or noodles. Garnish with chopped green onions or sesame seeds, if desired.

The key to this Bourbon Chicken recipe is the balance of sweet, savory, and boozy flavors. The bourbon adds a rich, caramelized depth to the dish, while the soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger create a complex and irresistible sauce that clings to the tender chicken.

Feel free to adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to suit your desired level of heat. You can also experiment with different types of bourbon to find your perfect flavor profile.

Indulge in the bold and indulgent taste of Bourbon Chicken, and get ready to transport your taste buds to the heart of the South. This dish is sure to become a new family favorite.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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