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Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken is your go-to for a quick, tasty dinner. In just 30 minutes, you’ll have a plateful of sticky-sweet goodness. No fancy chef skills needed here.

Grab 1.5 pounds of chicken thighs and chop them up. Mix soy sauce, bourbon, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, ketchup, sesame oil, and maybe a pinch of red pepper flakes if you like a little kick. Let the chicken swim in this flavor pool for at least 10 minutes.

Now, heat up some vegetable oil in a pan. Toss in the chicken and cook until it’s brown and cooked through – about 5 to 7 minutes. Don’t forget to stir.

Save some of that marinade to make a sauce. Pour it in, let it simmer, and watch it get a bit thicker. Take the pan off the heat, and let the chicken take a breather for 5 minutes.

Chop some green onions and sprinkle them, along with sesame seeds, over the chicken. Serve it on a pile of rice, and you’re done. Dinner is served, and you didn’t need a culinary degree.

If you want to mix things up, throw in some veggies like bell peppers or broccoli. Want more heat? Adjust those red pepper flakes. And hey, make a double batch if you’re feeling extra hungry or want leftovers for tomorrow. Enjoy this easy, tasty Bourbon Chicken..

Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken is a quick, flavorful delight that transforms chicken into a succulent, sticky-sweet masterpiece. Marinated in a bourbon-infused sauce, it graces your plate in just 30 minutes, promising to be the star of your culinary repertoire. Quick, easy, and utterly irresistible, this dish is a flavor sensation that demands minimal effort but guarantees maximum satisfaction.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian Fusion
Servings 4 people
Calories 400 kcal


  • Skillet or wok
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional, for heat
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for cooking
  • 2 tablespoons green onions chopped (for garnish)
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Cooked rice for serving


  • Prepare Chicken: In a mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, bourbon, brown sugar, minced garlic, grated ginger, rice vinegar, ketchup, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Marinate Chicken: Add the chicken pieces to the bowl, ensuring they are well-coated in the marinade. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  • Cook Chicken: Heat vegetable oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Create Sauce: Pour any remaining marinade into the skillet and let it come to a simmer. Allow the sauce to thicken slightly, stirring frequently.
  • Finish and Garnish: Once the sauce has thickened, remove the skillet from heat. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
  • Serve: Serve the Bourbon Chicken over a bed of cooked rice.


  1. You can customize the spice level by adjusting the amount of red pepper flakes.
  2. For a richer flavor, allow the chicken to marinate for a longer time.
  3. Feel free to add vegetables like bell peppers or broccoli for added freshness and crunch.
  4. Double the recipe for a larger crowd or for delicious leftovers.
Keyword Bourbon Chicken, Quick and Easy, Sticky-Sweet Chicken,
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Erika Herbert
Erika Herbert