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Bourbon Chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bourbon, Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • cup soy sauce
  • cup bourbon
  • cup water
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 ½ tbsp cold water


  • Cut the chicken bite sized pieces.
  • In a bowl whisk together the ginger, pepper, soy sauce, bourbon, water, garlic, rice vinegar and brown sugar. Set aside.
  • In a large rimmed skillet, heat the oil on medium high heat.
  • Add the chicken and cook the chicken starts to brown, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Add the bourbon mixture and stir to coat. Allow the liquid to come to a simmer and reduce heat to medium. Simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes. Stir every few minutes.
  • Dissolve cornstarch into the cold water. Add in the cornstarch and water mixture to the chicken and stir. The sauce will thicken after a few minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve over rice.
  • Serve over rice.