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Best Bourbon Chicken Recipe
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Best Bourbon Chicken

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"Bourbon Chicken is traditionally a Southern dish, and after moving to Pennsylvania from Oklahoma, I really missed this. I searched for a recipe I liked, but I couldn't find one, so this is my own delicious version, spiced up with ginger, fruit juice, red pepper, and a little Southern Comfort! Serve over rice. "

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins
  • READY IN

    1 hr

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy pan or Dutch oven, and brown the chicken pieces until lightly golden on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a bowl.
  2. In the same dutch oven, whisk the water, brown sugar, 3/4 cup of fruit juice cocktail, soy sauce, ketchup, bourbon liqueur, apple cider vinegar, garlic, dried onion, red pepper flakes, and ground ginger into the Dutch oven. Bring the sauce to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  3. Stir the chicken back into the sauce, and bring to a full boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the sauce is reduced and thickened and the chicken pieces are no longer pink in the middle, about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken pieces to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Stir together 1/4 cup of fruit juice cocktail with the cornstarch until smooth, and whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Bring the sauce back to a simmer, let thicken for about 1 minute, and return the chicken pieces to the sauce. Stir to combine, and serve.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note
  • You can use any type of fruit juice you like, but I found that the apple/grape/cherry juice that I make from concentrate adds great flavor to the dish.
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Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 29, 2009

My family is picky to say the least and this was the first thing I have ever made that everyone went back for seconds on. I only made two small changes to cut back on the sweetness. I substituted Jim Beam for the Southern Comfort, and I substituted chicken stock for the fruit juice during the thicken stage at the very end. All in all, this recipe is great!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
May 25, 2011

A little too sweet in my opinion. I will use less sugar next time.

 
Jul 20, 2009

Very good. I didn't use soy sauce and didn't have enough brown sugar, so I substituted a cup of brown sugar and 2 tbsp of molasses. The sauce was pretty sweet, but I also didn't have crushed red pepper flakes. Some spicy Mrs. Dash at the end didn't punch it up enough, but I am sure some spice will cut the sweetness nicely. My own personal twist: with about 5 minutes of cook time left, I diced a peach into fairly large chunks and threw them in. They came out soft and delicious. Served over rice.

 
Jul 29, 2009

Very good, but definitely too sweet. And, I only used 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Next time, I'll use chicken broth instead of fruit juice.

 
Apr 12, 2010

I had all ingredients on hand except bourbon! But it still tasted like the bourbon chicken you can get at the food court which I really like.

 
Nov 02, 2010

There is a reason this is called "Best". It is!!!! Easy to follow directions and the chicken is not breaded! I did take the advice of others and omitted the juice altogether. I used the same measurement, but used chicken broth! My entire family loved this! This will easily be in the rotation at my house! Thanks for such a great recipe!!!!

 
Jul 02, 2010

The flavoring of the sauce was excellent however I would recommend using skinless thighs since the white meat got too dry.

 
Mar 09, 2010

This recipe is fantastic. I was unable to find the exact juice combination on the recpe so I used an apple/cranberry juice. I have made this recipe twice, the first time with chicken breasts and felt the chicken got too dry. The second time I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and that made the recipe!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 417 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.7 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 97 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 10.9 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 37.1 g
  • 74%
  • Sodium
  • 1382 mg
  • 55%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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