Bourbon Chicken and Broccoli

Bourbon Chicken

We were looking for something new and interesting for dinner this week and I jumped on Bourbon Chicken. I mean, bourbon, and chicken. Sounds great, right?
Funny thing though, there's actually no bourbon in the recipe. It's apparently a Chinese chicken recipe developed by a chef at a restaurant on Bourbon Street.
Well, I'm not gonna let that stop me, so here goes.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: bourbon, chicken
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper

The Sauce

  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes ¼
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • cup soy sauce
  • 1 shot bourbon optional


  • Make the rice. I mean, seriously, however you make rice, do that. Make rice.

Make The Sauce

  • Mix together all of the sauce ingredients.
    Note: Again, the original recipe has NO actual bourbon in it. We thought that was a travesty, so we added the shot of bourbon. This is totally optional. It's up to you whether you're okay with eating something that has the word Bourbon in the title with no actual bourbon in the sauce.
    This is a decision I can't make for you.
    God speed.
    Bourbon Chicken Sauce

Prep the Chicken

  • Chop the chicken breasts into bit size chunks, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium high heat and add the chicken bits to the oil. Cook until well browned.
    Browning Chicken Breast Chunks
  • Remove the chicken and set aside, then add the sauce to the skillet. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat toi a simmer and add the chicken back in to the sauce.
    Chicken Breast Chunks in Bourbon Chicken Sauce
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 20 minutes.
    Chicken Breast Chunks in Bourbon Chicken Sauce
  • Serve over rice, or next, to, or under, or in a nearby county, however you normally like to serve these kinds of things.
    Bourbon Chicken and Broccoli

Saw this recipe for Bourbon Chicken on and thought “I like bourbon AND chicken”.

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