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Spicy Bourbon Chicken

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Spicy Bourbon Chicken is perfectly sweet, sticky and spicy, made in just one pan for a quick weeknight dinner with tasty leftovers.

Spicy Bourbon ChickenSpicy Bourbon Chicken is one of my favorite quick meals to make on a weeknight. The flavors are so much better than takeout and you can make this recipe with chicken breast, chicken thighs or even shrimp. The sauce is sweet, sticky and deliciously spicy. You will lick your fingers clean! The Spicy Bourbon Chicken is tasty served over rice or noddles with some steamed or stir-fried veggies on the side. I usually like to make a large batch of this recipe, usually doubling it so I can have leftovers the next day.

Why You’ll Love Spicy Bourbon Chicken Recipe:

  • Very easy to make, perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Creates delicious leftovers that can be easily packed for next day lunches.
  • Made in one pot, with minimum cleaning and prep work.
  • Sweet, spicy and sticky!
Bourbon Chicken

Tips & Tricks on how to make the perfect Spicy Bourbon Chicken at home:

  • Use quality meat, you can make this recipe with chicken breasts, chicken thighs or even shrimp.
  • Cornstarch is a key ingredient in here, do not try to replace it with flour, the results will not be the same.
  • Using fresh ginger and garlic will add amazing flavor and taste to the sauce.
  • You can make it a spicy as you want, or just leave the heat out if you prefer so.
  • I am a huge garlic lover, you can add more or less as you please, but in my case, more garlic is always better.
  • Use your favorite bourbon, I also made this dish with cognac and it turned out fantastic.
  • Technically the bourbon cooks down, so you are only left with a nice flavor, but no alcohol. However, if you are avoiding the alcohol all together, you can replace it with apple juice.
  • You can serve this meal with white or brown rice or over noodles.
  • Garnishing the dish with sesame seeds and green onions will add a pop of color and interesting texture.

Looking for more easy Chicken Recipes? Check these out:

Bourbon Chicken Recipe

Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Spicy Bourbon Chicken Recipe:

  • Soy Sauce – I like using lite soy sauce in my recipes, as it has less sodium and its easier from me to control the saltiness of the dish, I always buy a large bottle like this one and keep it in my pantry.
  • Cornstarch – I prefer using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken sauces, and this organic brand is my favorite.
Spicy Bourbon Chicken
5 from 4 votes

Spicy Bourbon Chicken

Spicy Bourbon Chicken is perfectly sweet, sticky and spicy, made in just one pan for a quick weeknight dinner with tasty leftovers.


  • 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
Cornstarch Slurry:
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon apple juice or water
  • sesame seeds
  • green onions


  1. In a medium bowl combine: soy sauce, brown sugar, bourbon, rice wine vinegar, apple juice and ketchup. Stir well and set sauce aside.
  2. Add sesame oil to a large skillet or wok and heat it over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the chicken and sauté until fully cooked and browned.
  4. Add in garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and chili powder. Sauté for 1 minute.
  5. Add sauce to the chicken and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 4-5 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl whisk together cornstarch and apple juice or you can use water.
  7. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce and stir frequently until thickened, 3-4 minutes.
  8. If you want to thicken the sauce more, add more cornstarch slurry..
  9. Serve immediately over rice or noodles, garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.

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Spicy Bourbon Chicken is perfectly sweet, sticky and spicy, made in just one pan for a quick weeknight dinner with tasty leftovers.
Spicy Bourbon Chicken is perfectly sweet, sticky and spicy, made in just one pan for a quick weeknight dinner with tasty leftovers.

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7 comments on “Spicy Bourbon Chicken”

  1. Who needs takeout when this comes together so easily?!? Looks fantastic!

  2. Bourbon chicken is so amazing and I love that you made it spicy!!

  3. Who needs takeout when you have this recipe?

  4. This chicken recipe looks irresistible! Can’t wait to try this!

  5. I have to make this for my husband! He would love it!

  6. Wow this looks so simple and delicious!

  7. I love spicy dishes! And this one is perfect for tonight’s dinner!

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