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A plate of food with rice meat and vegetables, with Bourbon chicken

Bourbon Chicken

All the sticky sweetness of your favorite Bourbon Chicken takeout, in just 25 from stovetop to table.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Bourbon Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 406kcal


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional


  • Chop chicken breasts into bite sized pieces and pat dry with a paper towel. Toss chicken in a large bowl with 1 tbsp cornstarch.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat add sesame oil. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink. Drain all juices from pan. Return skillet to stove and continue to cook chicken over medium heat until the chicken is browned, and the bottom of your skillet is "browned" as well.
  • In a medium bowl combine pepper, apple juice, ketchup, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, ground ginger, minced garlic, water, and 1 tsp cornstarch. Whisk together.
  • Once chicken is browned add your sauce mixture. Using a spoon, deglaze the bottom of the pan and make sure to get all of the browned bits up and off of the bottom of the pan. Bring sauce to a boil.
  • Once the sauce is boiling turn heat down to low and allow to simmer 5-7 minutes, stirring often.
  • Once sauce is done simmering remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Serve over white rice and enjoy.


Pro Tip: Use as large a skillet pan as you have to allow chicken to brown easily.


Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1625mg | Potassium: 807mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg