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Spicy Bourbon Chicken

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Spicy Bourbon Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 445kcal
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
  • 1/2 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


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



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