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Monday, February 20, 2012

Bourbon Chicken

Another round of Chinese food in our house. This is an easy weeknight meal, and don't let all the ingredients in the picture intimidate you! You will notice there is no actual Bourbon in the recipe, I tried to find a little background, and seems there is debate over how this popular dish earned its name. Whether it was after the legendary street in New Orleans or maybe after Cajun ancestry, or some other origin, it didn't really matter because the taste is delicious! (And after all, that IS what me anyway)

Bourbon Chicken
adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

3-4 boneless/skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
2-3 TBLS oil
1 cup Cornstarch

Begin by warming the oil in a skillet. When ready, dust the chicken in the cornstarch and begin to fry the chicken till light brown, don't worry about cooking it all the way through, it will finish cooking in the sauce. Do this in batches careful not to over crowd the pan.

Mix together the following in a bowl

2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 cup apple juice
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 TBLS ketchup
1 TBLS apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce

When you have cooked and removed all the chicken from the pan, place the sauce in the same pan and bring to a boil. Add back in the chicken to the pan and reduce the heat, allowing chicken to simmer for 10 minutes. Serve over hot rice


  1. Looks yummy! Found you through the Our Best Bites link up on Facebook. Look forward to seeing more of your recipes!

  2. Thawing out the chicken now for tomorrow for this...I have seen this recipe in so many places, never took time to read it as I thought it had real bourbon in it (not my favorite flavor at all) and skipped right over it. After seeing the ingredient lineup I knew I would be in for that aspect of your posts, I can tell at a glance what I need! Looks wonderful, thanks...for the recipe, the visuals, and always finding something to post that looks great.

  3. Made this for dinner tonight and it was a HUGE hit! Absolutely delicious... will definitely make again, and SOON! :) Thanks Hungry Hungry House! :)