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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Spicy-Sweet Chinese Chicken

Do you ever get mad-crazy cravings .... the kind that just will not go away until it is satisfied? Of course you do. 

One of my recent cravings has been for "Bourbon Chicken". FYI - I am a woman on a mission. I know y'all know that Bourbon Chicken they sell in most mall food courts?! I am trying to find a copy-cat version of it ...... without much success. In all fairness, the recipes I have tried, have been good .... but they're not "Bourbon Chicken". I've probably tried 6 or 7 different recipes so far ... I'm still searching and I am not giving up! I'm not exactly sure what the secret is, but it seems nearly impossible to copy. Where is Todd Wilbur when I need him?! (Hello, Todd? If you ever want a real challenge - help a girl out .... Get me a Bourbon Chicken recipe - the real stuff. I would forever be indebted to you!)

This recipe is one of those recipes that called itself Bourbon Chicken .... But it's not. At least not in my opinion. Again, a really good recipe (which is why I am sharing it with you). 

Spicy-Sweet Chinese Chicken
Yield: 4-6 servings
Slightly adapted from this recipe

2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp. ground ginger
½-1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
¼ cup apple juice
⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
2 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. cider vinegar
½ cup water
⅓ cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. water

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. 

Add the chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned. Remove the chicken from the pan to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. 

Add the garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper flakes, apple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, ½ cup water and soy sauce to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat until well mixed and the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. 

Add the chicken back into the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. 

In a small cup or bowl, combine the cornstarch with the 1 tbsp. water and add the slurry to the skillet. Turn the heat to high and continue to cook and stir until the sauce thickens slightly. 

Serve with Fried Rice (omit the chicken in the fried rice recipe) and an egg roll for an easy and tasty meal!

I hope you enjoy!

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  1. I haven't a clue what Bourbon Chicken is ... but your recipe sure sounds great! Thanks and pinned - have a great Sunday, Jamie.

  2. Nope, doesn't look like the bourbon chicken I've had, but sounds very tasty. Pinning!

  3. http://chinesefood.about.com/od/chickenrecipes/r/bourbonchicken.htm

    this one actually has bourbon

  4. This looks good! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  5. Might not be bourbon chicken, but it looks mighty good! Thanks for linking up.

  6. Ohhh...I want that for dinner!

  7. I have a recipe I tried for bourbon chicken, not sure if its what you're looking for but I'll email it to you. You make it in the crockpot. It was really good. And this chicken still looks delicious!! Thanks for linking to MTM Mondays!!

  8. Yum! This recipe sounds fantastic and sounds much healthier than take-out. Pinning :)

  9. Yum, this sounds great. Will be trying this one later, it will make my hubby very happy :-)

  10. Thanks for sharing Jamie with us at Foodie Friends Friday. I agree, not bourbon chicken but it does look and sound tasty. Will be giving it a go myself soon!

  11. Hi Jamie,
    This looks like a flavor packed dish that we would love. Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday! The entire meal you have looks amazing!!

  13. Yum!! I love your recipe!! THanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

  14. I LOVE that you gave Todd Wilbur a shout out! I love that guy. Did you ever watch his show that was on CMT? I wish it would start up again. I thought it was interesting seeing his thought process while trying to figure out the recipe. Anyway, I tried a bourbon chicken recipe (I think it was the same one you linked to) and I thought it was great, but I have never had the real deal, so I guess I didn't know what I was missing. I hope you can find one that will knock-your-socks-off!

  15. Jamie, this looks so good! I made a Chinese chicken dish this week as well. Thanks so much for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

  16. I love good Chinese Food! thanks for sharing on Southern Sundays!

  17. What is this elusive Bourbon Chicken? I have never heard of it! Might it have bourbon in it? If yes I want this recipe!!!!

  18. Well, maybe if you put some bourbon in it? It sure looks like a good recipe. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

  19. This looks delish Jamie!! Just wanted to let ya know that you've been featured on Work It Wednesday! Thanks for linking up girl! :) http://www.lovebakesgoodcakes.com/2012/09/spicy-sweet-chinese-chicken.html

  20. Jamie,
    It might not be the bourbon chicken you're looking for but it looks mighty tasty itself. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  21. Hey Jamie,
    I am going to have to make this for my husband. He loves chinese. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above


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