Growing up, one of my favorite meals to pick up at the mall food court was delicious bourbon chicken. In fact, my brother and I used to go there weekly just to eat the chicken! You can imagine how devastated we were when the restaurant at the mall closed and we could no longer find our favorite dish. After trying several times to replicate the recipe, I finally came up with a very similar one. And it’s super easy! Probably for nostalgic reasons, it’s one of my favorite recipes on this blog. Enjoy!
Delicious and Easy Bourbon Chicken
Author: Momma Chef
- 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 2” cubes
- ¼ c. Bourbon
- ⅓ c. soy sauce
- ⅓ c. packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- Pour Bourbon, soy sauce, brown sugar and ground ginger into a gallon size Ziplock bag. Seal the bag and shake all ingredient to mix.
- Add chicken cubes, seal the bag again, and shake one more time to coat the chicken.
- Marinate several hours or overnight.
- When ready to cook, heat up wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour all ingredient from Ziplock bag into wok/pan and stir-fry over medium-high heat for 15 minutes. Mixing as it cooks until the sauce is thick and coats the chicken.
- Alternatively you can make this in a Crock-Pot, just pour all ingredients from the Ziplock bag into Crock-Pot and cook on high for 3 hours.
- I like to serve this with Trader Joe’s brown rice.
- If you are purchasing your chicken at a butcher or meat department, ask them to cut the chicken into 2” cubes.
- If you prefer white meat, you can substitute for cubed chicken breasts.
Thank you for this! I’m a big chicken eater and my husband is not, and I’m also into simple recipes lol. I feel like if I mention the word bourbon, he’ll be 100 times more excited!
This looks so delicious! I pinned it to make sometime – can’t wait!
This looks fabulous! I believe I have made something similar the on,y difference was instead of making the sauce I bought one from the store because I was in a rush ?
This looks so delicious!! I love finding new sauce recipes for chicken and this looks amazing.
Your chicken looks really delicious. My husband and kids will love this. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Nai Elle (@beautyndcurves) says
Thanks for sharing the recipe. Looks delish
My chicken doesn’t look so saucey. It also doesn’t look so red. I just threw I into the crockpot should I be worried?
Momma Chef says
If you followed the exact instructions and exact measurements, you should be good to make it in the crockpot. If it doesn’t look like enough liquid, you can add 1/4 cup water, but I don’t normally do that. Remember the chicken thighs have fat that will add liquid. When it is finished cooking, I like to throw mine in the wok or frying pan for just 5 minutes and cook over medium/high heat to have the sauce thicken and glaze the chicken. Let me know how it turns out!
This was delicious! I didn’t have bourbon, so I subbed 4 tsp vanilla extract, & omitted the sesame seeds (family preference). My picky kids devoured it, & it was so easy to make! Thumbs up!
Momma Chef says
Thank you for letting me know (my younger kids like it without the sesame seeds as well) so happy your kids loved it! Will try it next time with the vanilla. My kids favorite recipe (aside from the desserts) is the Moroccan Chicken.
This sounds and looks so good! I bet its really tender and brings back those fun memories at the mall 🙂
Bourbon chicken is one of my favorite dishes! I can’t wait to try this recipe.
Jen @ JENRON DESIGNS says
YUM this looks delicious like a sesame chicken I can not wait to try it.
This is my kind of meal! What a tasty chicken recipe. My whole family asked for seconds.
Wow! This is really great for my baon hits! My family will love this bourbon chicken variety!
John Loftus says
I bet this would be good on salmon!
Karen Nochimowski says
I totally agree, would be great! Since you don’t cook salmon that long, I would just boil down the marinade to thicken it up a bit before putting it on the salmon. Let me know if you make it!! Karen