Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 3 reviews

Chicken Recipes Slow Cooker

Cook time Cook time: 7 hours 30 minutes

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 09:52 pm

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken is a dish made with tender chunks of white meat in a vibrant and flavorful sauce, cooked to perfection using the crockpot.

The crockpot is handy and useful for a lot of recipes including this dish. Want to learn other similar recipes? Check out my crockpot recipes for Pork Stew, Lasagna Soup, and Swiss Steak!

Crockpot Bourbon Chicken

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken is part of our regular menu rotation at home because this recipe is tasty without the hassle. I love how the sauce makes the tender bite-sized pieces of the meat even more moist and tasty.

It even tastes better than Chinese takeout in my opinion. The long hours of cooking ensure this as it gives the flavors to meld well.

And the ingredients used are basic ones. I only need some chicken breasts or thighs, and a bunch of condiments and seasonings that I already have. So, prepping is also totally hassle-free!

I don’t mind the long wait because while this is being prepared in the crockpot, I can do errands and other tasks. It is always possible with a crockpot recipe like this. All these while making dinner!

What is bourbon chicken?

It is a popular takeout dish made with chunks of poultry, usually skinless, that are cooked in a sauce with bourbon whiskey as an ingredient. But, through the years, many versions of it had come up including those without alcohol.

And it is also attributed to the Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Hence, this dish is also attributed to Cajun cuisine as much as it is attributed to Chinese cuisine.

What is bourbon sauce made of?

In this recipe, you will need these basic ingredients:

  • low sodium soy sauce
  • brown sugar
  • bourbon
  • rice wine vinegar
  • apple juice
  • ketchup

To thicken, you will also need cornstarch and water or apple juice.

Additional flavors come from the following:

  • garlic
  • ginger
  • red pepper flakes
  • chili powder

How to make Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken?

  • Prep the crockpot: You may want to spray the crockpot with cooking spray.
  • Make the sauce: In a bowl, mix the sauce ingredients.
  • Cook: Put the meat in the crockpot and pour the sauce over it. Set it to low (may take up to 7 hours) or high (may take up to 4 hours).
  • Thicken: Remove the meat and pour the cornstarch mixture. Allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Serve: Put the meat back in, stir, garnish, then serve.

What can I substitute for bourbon?

You may use chicken broth or apple cider vinegar and apple juice. You can also use pineapple juice if you have no apple juice.

What to serve with Bourbon Chicken?

You will enjoy it served with rice, veggies, or noodles. Here are some side dishes that you can serve:

Can you make it on the stovetop?

Yes! You can simply prepare it on the stovetop using this one-pan recipe. Don’t worry, this stovetop version is just as easy!

How to store leftovers?

  • Refrigerate: If you have some left, you may allow the leftovers to cool and transfer them into an airtight container. Then, refrigerate for up to 3 or 4 days.
  • Freeze: To extend the shelf life, you can freeze the leftovers placed in a freezer bag for up to 3 or 4 months. Thaw overnight first before reheating.

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Recipe Tips:

  • If you intend to cook this longer, you may want to cook the meat uncut. Then, before thickening the sauce, remove the big cuts and chop into smaller pieces or shred.
  • Add heat by adding Sriracha.
  • Bourbon can also be used in desserts. Try this Pecan Pie recipe!
Image of bourbon chicken with rice.

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken is a dish made with tender chunks of white meat in a vibrant and flavorful sauce, cooked to perfection using the crockpot.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 7 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 460kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil (or canola oil)
  • 2 pounds chicken breast (or chicken thighs - cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

Cornstarch Slurry:

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup apple juice (or water)


  • sesame seeds
  • green onions


  • Add all the ingredients up to the Cornstarch Slurry to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 7 hours or on High for 3 hours.
  • In a small bowl mix the Cornstarch Slurry ingredients until combined. Add the mixture to the slow cooker, stir, cover, and cook for another 30 minutes.
  • Serve with rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 836mg | Potassium: 929mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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Yummy! I love Bourbon chicken so much! This recipe looks especially delicious and easy to make.



I haven't tried bourbon chicken before. It sure does sound and look flavorful. We eat a lot of chicken here so it would be nice to change it up.


Claudia Krusch

The recipe is amazing! Love all the ingredients and how delicious it looks!



I totally need to try this! I used to go to this little restaurant to get Bourbon Chicken all the time, but haven't had it since we moved away from there.



This is absolutely amazing! Perfect meal for weeknights!



I love bourbon chicken! Even better when it's a slow cooker recipe, will add this to my list of recipes I need to try!


Douglas Martin

Prepared this last night, quite tasty! Curious that unlike yours in the photos, mine turned out brown instead of red-orange. Any thoughts?


hm not sure why, may be in the ingredients somehting.


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