Spicy Bourbon Chicken

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

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

We love making easy and delicious chicken meals for the family to enjoy. Among our most popular dishes are Instant Pot Orange Chicken,  Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken and One-Pan Italian Chicken.

Bourbon Chicken

Spicy Bourbon Chicken

Spicy 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, thighs or even shrimp. The sauce is sweet, sticky and deliciously spicy. You will lick your fingers clean!

This homemade dish is super tasty and served over rice or noodles 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:

  • Firstly, it’s very easy to make, perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Also, it 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!

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Recipe Tips:

  • First, try to use quality meat. You can make this recipe with chicken breasts, thighs or even shrimp.
  • Also, 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.
  • For a spicier kick, add some red pepper flakes.
  • I am a huge garlic lover, you can add more or less as you please, but in my case, more garlic is always better.
  • In addition, you can 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 alcohol altogether, you can replace it with apple juice.
  • Garnishing the dish with sesame seeds and green onions will add a pop of color and interesting texture.

DOES BOURBON CHICKEN CONTAIN BOURBON?

Yes. As the name suggests, this dish does call for bourbon. However, the alcohol evaporates as the sauce simmers, therefore it contains pretty much no alcohol. Also, if you prefer not to use alcohol at all, you can substitute it with apple juice and it’ll still be delicious.

Spicy Bourbon Chicken Recipe

What is best to serve with Spicy Bourbon Chicken?

  • White or Brown Rice
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus or bok choy
  • Noodles

Tools/Ingredients I used to make this Recipe:

  • Soy Sauce – I like using lite soy sauce in my recipes, as it has less sodium and its easier for 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.
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5 from 6 reviews
Spicy Bourbon Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 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 

Garnish:

  •  sesame seeds 
  •  green onions 

Instructions

  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. Then, 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.
Calories: 445 Carbohydrates: 19 Protein: 49 Fat: 13 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 145 Sodium: 839 Potassium: 913 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 15 Vitamin A: 200 Vitamin C: 2.7 Calcium: 25 Iron: 1.3 g
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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.

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Sabrina

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

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Amanda

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

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Delaney | Melanie Makes

Who needs takeout when you have this recipe?

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This chicken recipe looks irresistible! Can't wait to try this!

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Nutmeg Nanny

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

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Allyson Zea

Wow this looks so simple and delicious!

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Abeer

I love spicy dishes! And this one is perfect for tonight's dinner!

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Jenny

Just love this wonderful dish. Hope it'll make my weekend so much special. Wonderful article. Thanks a lot for this great post.

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happy that you like it!

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Erich Schneider

This recipe turned out great in the Instant Pot. Even my picky teenager gave it a thumbs up.

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so happy that you liked it!!!

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