Bourbon Chicken

bourbon chicken

Most people might assume that Bourbon Chicken originated from Chinese restaurants, but no, no, no, this dish originated in New Orleans and has gotten its signature name from the popular street in Louisiana. Bourbon Chicken is a popular sweet and savory dish that can be found and served in most malls across the United States, which is usually made and served as a Chinese dish, so one has to wonder. On another note, when I was younger, I thought it was only made with liquor and the thought of it turned me off, but once I realized it could be made without the liquor, it quickly became one of my favorite dishes to buy and eventually cook. I say, ditch the food court, go home and make it, this is easy, peasy!!!!!!

I am going to guide you through each step in making Bourbon Chicken, but if you want a fast tutorial, follow me on TikTok and Instagram, just eyeball the measurements while following along with the video or go to the “recipes tab” and be more precise with the actual measuring. My quick and easy directions will have you serving this up in no time and have your family and/or company craving for a second helping. This is one of my go-to favorite quick meals to make. Plain rice can be served as the side dish, which I prefer to switch from time to time between Shrimp Fried Rice, Jasmine or any long grain rice. The Bourbon Chicken Sauce  can be poured right on top of the rice as it does not matter, it will still taste delicious! Let’s go!!!

Ingredients: chicken thighs, salt, pepper, sesame oil, olive oil, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper, apple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, chicken broth, teriyaki, sauce, soy sauce

Chef’s Knife – used to cut chicken into med diced cuts and/or scallions
Skillet – to saute chicken and thicken sauce
Medium Sized Bowl – to place all liquids, spices and seasonings together
Wooden Spoon – mixing all sauce ingredients together
Kitchen Shears – used to cut scallions

Making Bourbon Chicken

Step One – Clean chicken thighs. Using kitchen shears (from your knife set), cut 1-½ inch sized pieces of chicken. (They could be made smaller if that is what you prefer.) Chicken thighs are more tender than breast when making this dish. (The chicken breast comes out a little tough when cooking this meal in a skillet.) Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Step Two – Add sesame oil to a large skillet until heated. Using a wooden spoon, coat the pan/skillet with the oil, then add chicken, sauté until golden brown on each side. Remove from the skillet.

Step Three – Prepare the sauce in a medium sized bowl, add olive oil, garlic, ginger, red pepper, apple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, chicken broth, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce and cornstarch. Mix well.

Step Four – Add sauce to the skillet until bubbly and starting to boil. This will allow the cornstarch to work and thicken the sauce as it is heated in the liquids.

Step Five – Add chicken to sauce and baste until all the chicken is covered in the sauce. If the sauce does not cover the top portion of the chicken pieces, continually pour sauce over the top of the chicken. Remember your chicken is cooked, this part is only for a few minutes.

Step Six – Using one scallion and kitchen shears, cut thin pieces of the scallion over the chicken to be used as a garnish. If you do not have kitchen shears, a chef’s knife can be substituted as the tool to use. Use the cutting board as well to prevent any accidents.

That’s it. Not so bad, pretty quick!!!!!! Your kids will love this version of Bourbon Chicken and moms do not have to worry about the liquor that might be included in this dish! Add this to your go-to 30 minute meal recipe box! Don’t forget to follow on Aunt Carmen’s TikTok and Instagram page.

Storing Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken can be stored in a ziploc bag or airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 days. Also, it can be stored for later use in the freezer for two weeks, thaw completely before reheating.

The sauce can be prepared days prior to making this dish and it will take you approximately 15 minutes from start to finish. So, if you have a lot of running around to do with the kids for extracurricular events, practice or rehearsals and you arrive home exhausted, this would be the perfect meal to prepare ahead of time. There is nothing like being ahead of the game!! You’re welcome!!!!

Serve with your favorite rice!!!!! I used Shrimp Fried Rice, soooooo good!!!

Bye now,
Aunt Carmen


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