Bourbon Chicken

This is called Bourbon Chicken, but I made a few small changes in the recipe, and it tasted just like General Tso’s Chicken to me. Since I’ve never actually ordered Bourbon Chicken, I left the name, b/c who knows, maybe they taste the same.  Whatever you want to call it, you can also call it delicious!  This was SO good, and the closest I have come to restaurant flavor at home.  The best part…it’s not FRIED!
I prepared mine in my cast iron skillet, but I think it could be made in any frying pan.

 Bourbon (or General Tso’s!) Chicken 

adapted from – my changes are in italics
2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts – cut into bite size chunks
1 T. olive oil
3/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 t. fresh ginger, minced
1/4 cup orange juice
1/3 cup light brown sugar & Stevia blend
2 T. ketchup
1 T. rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1 T. cornstarch
Notes: I mixed my brown sugar with Stevia in the Raw to decrease the sugar a little, but you can use all brown sugar if desired. I also used orange juice instead of apple (b/c that’s what I had on hand), and I used fresh ginger and rice wine vinegar since I had them. You could use ground ginger and apple cider vinegar as per original recipe instead. Also, this is spicy so adjust the red pepper accordingly. I used a generous 3/4 tsp and thought it was delicious, but it was too hot for the rest of the fam. (I left some plain cooked chicken out for the kids.)
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  
  • Add red pepper flakes and stir for about 30 seconds.  
  • Add chicken and cook until lightly browned.  
  • Remove chicken from pan and add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well blended and dissolved.  
  • Add chicken back into pan with sauce and bring to a hard boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes uncovered.
I served mine over brown rice, with green onions and sesame seeds. If you like Chinese food, I would recommend giving this a try!

27 thoughts on “Bourbon Chicken

  1. I love bourbon chicken and have saved a few recipes for it – none of which actually have bourbon in it. I wonder where the name came from. Thanks so much for linking up to Friday Food Frenzy.

  2. I recently ordered Bourbon Chicken & it was more Cajun tasting. I think I would like your recipe vs what I just tried. With the orange juice, ketchup….I like the idea of sweet & spicy. I am pinning this & am going to give it a try. Found you via a hop you linked to.Drop by anytime Theresa @DearCreatives

  3. There is a Bourbon Street Chicken that is cajun inspired (and I think actually has bourbon in it) and then there is this Asian dish (in which I have no idea where the name came from!) that is definitely a sweet & spicy…like General Tso's or a spicy sesame chicken. Let me know how you like it!

  4. I was wondering the same thing, but I have found out there is a cajun inspired Bourbon Street chicken that actually does contain bourbon…I'm not sure how this version came about!

  5. Kim,
    This looks fantastic! I can't wait to try the recipe. I love chicken and am always looking for new recipes. Featuring you on Tasty Creations later today so stop by and check it out 🙂

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