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Easy bourbon chicken recipe

Easy Bourbon Chicken Recipe

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Servings 10 servings
Calories 129 kcal

what you'll need

  • 2 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth divided
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce divided
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp peanut oil or favorite frying oil
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • chives for garnish
  • sesame seeds for garnish

let's do it

  • Trim chicken thighs of excess fat and cut into bite-sized pieces. Place the minced garlic, honey, ¼ cup chicken broth, bourbon, ¼ cup soy sauce, chili powder, ginger and red pepper flakes in a large bowl and mix well. Add chicken to bowl and rest in refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight.
  • Drain chicken in a strainer placed over a bowl. Press chicken against the sides of the strainer to remove as much liquid as possible. Retain marinade to make glaze for chicken.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat. Dredge half of the chicken pieces in cornstarch, shaking off excess. Place chicken in the hot pan and fry until crispy on all sides. Drain chicken pieces on a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with remaining pieces.
  • Pour marinade into a pan and add the remaining ½ cup chicken broth and ¼ cup soy sauce. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes to reduce and thicken. Add chicken back to pan and coat with sauce. Cook until chicken is hot and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Squeeze lime juice over chicken just before serving over rice. Garnish with chopped chives and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

One Last Thing

This chicken makes a great sandwich and it’s especially delicious served over steamed rice!


Calories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 496mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 7g
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