Bourbon Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

I really love cooking Chinese food.  It makes a huge mess, dirties a ton of dishes, and leaves my kitchen destroyed... but it's just so damned tasty.  This is the type of dish that will really impress your friends.


  • Chicken
    • 2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into pieces
    • Cornstarch
    • Oil for frying
  • Sauce
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1/2 tsp ginger
    • 1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
    • 1/2 cup apple juice
    • 2/3 cup brown sugar
    • 4 tbsp ketchup
    • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
    • 1 cup water
      • If preferred, substitute 2/3 cup bourbon, 1/3 cup water
    • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • Sauce thickening, if needed
    • Cornstarch mixed in cold water


  1. Dust chicken pieces in cornstarch.  Deep fry in oil.  Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, combine all sauce ingredients.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. If needed, add cornstarch + water to thicken.
  4. Stir in chicken pieces and coat well.
  5. Serve over white rice with a side of vegetables.


  1. I have made this recipe multiple times. However, I do find that 2/3 cup of brown sugar is SOOOOO sweet for us. I actually just slowly add in brown sugar until desired taste. I think that ends up being a couple table spoons, at most. Otherwise, I don't change anything and it is so delicious!

  2. Sherri, thanks for sharing. I'm glad you were able to find a modification that fits you tastes.

    Happy cooking!


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