Saucy Bourbon Chicken – thestayathomechef.com

Saucy Bourbon Chicken is a tasty New Orlean’s-design blend of Cajun and Chinese cooking with sweet and tasty sauce covered chicken. This household preferred meal is prepared in simply thirty minutes!

Saucy bourbon chicken and rice in a bowl.

We enjoy a meal that offers us alternatives. We typically discover ourselves crunched for time, requiring a fast, healthier meal. Then there are the days that we’ve remained arranged and on-schedule and prepared ahead for a more indulgent supper. This dish offers you the very best of both worlds! Keep it easy and healthy and merely sauté your chicken in oil on the range, or put in the time to batter and fry your chicken pieces for that incredible crispy chicken you’re so utilized to with takeout. The sauce is actually what makes this meal so rewarding. Serve it up with white rice or chow mein noodles, and obviously your preferred steamed veggies to make a total meal. 

  • Chicken Cut Options:

    We enjoy how flexible chicken thighs tend to be. Even if you over-cook them a bit, they must still end up wet. If you choose a leaner choice, you can definitely utilize chicken breasts.

  • Low-Sodium vs. Routine Soy Sauce:

    We constantly utilize low-sodium soy sauce so that we can manage the salt material ourselves. If you choose routine soy sauce, or that’s simply what you currently have on hand, you can constantly stick with that also.

  • Is there alcohol in bourbon chicken?

    Bourbon chicken does, in fact, contain bourbon. It brings on a deep warmth within the dish, and we highly recommend using it! Due to the long simmering time, the vast majority of the alcohol does cook out. If you choose to cook without alcohol, you can substitute the bourbon with apple juice.

  • Spice Level:

    The red pepper flakes in bourbon chicken add a heat that tickles the back of the throat, but is not at all overwhelming. You can always reduce the amount of red pepper flakes if you are sensitive to spice.

  • To deep fry or not to deep fry?

    If you love takeout bourbon chicken, you might be used to a thicker and crispier chicken coating. To fry your chicken pieces, mix together:

     

    Submerge your chicken pieces in this mixture and set aside. Heat enough vegetable oil into a large pot or saucepan to cover the bottom with 2 inches of vegetable oil Heat to 350 degrees F. Working in small batches, fry chicken pieces until cooked through and golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Then, continue on with the recipe.

  • Slow Cooker Instructions:

    Prepare your sauce and brown the chicken on the stovetop thoroughly first. Add browned chicken and sauce to the slow cooker and cook on low for 5 hours, or high for 3 hours. 

  • Instant Pot Instructions:

    Add in oil and chicken to your instant pot and set to sauté for 5-7 minutes to get some good browning on the chicken. 

    Add the sauce mixture over the chicken and secure lid.  Set to High pressure for 10 minutes. Once finished, let it release naturally for 5 minutes and then quick release. 

  • Storage and Reheating Instructions:

    Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warmed through.

A skillet filled with saucy bourbon chicken.

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A bowl filled with saucy bourbon chicken and rice.

Saucy Bourbon Chicken is a delicious New Orlean’s-style fusion of Cajun and Chinese cooking with sweet and tangy sauce coated chicken. This family favorite meal is ready in simply 30 minutes!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup bourbon*
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Chicken

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

Topping

  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, mix together chicken broth, orange juice, brown sugar, bourbon, soy sauce, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and corn starch. Set aside.

  • Cube up the chicken into bite-size pieces, about 1-inch cubes. Lightly sprinkle the chicken cubes with salt and pepper.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in olive oil and sesame oil and let heat 1 minute. Add in chicken and prepare until exterior browns, about 10 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to medium and pour in the sauce mixture. Stir and let the sauce and chicken simmer together for 10 minutes.

  • Serve hot over rice and garnish with sliced green onions and a pinch of cracked pepper.

Notes

Slow Cooker Instructions:

Prepare your sauce and brown the chicken on the stovetop thoroughly first. Add browned chicken and sauce to the slow cooker and prepare on low for 5 hours, or high for 3 hours. 
 

Instant Pot Instructions:

Add in oil and chicken to your instant pot and set to sauté for 5-7 minutes to get some good browning on the chicken. 
Add the sauce mix over the chicken and safe and secure cover.  Set to High pressure for 10 minutes. When ended up, let it launch naturally for 5 minutes and after that fast launch. 
*For a non-alcoholic choice, change Bourbon with apple juice. 
 

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Hydrogenated Fat: 1g | Salt: 960mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.