This Spicy-Sweet Chinese Chicken recipe, commonly accepted as Bourbon Chicken, is a delicious take on an old food court favorite.
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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).
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- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2-1 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon 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!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 443Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 952mgFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 53g
Originally published on September 30, 2012. Updated on April 21, 2021.