4.6 from 10 votes
Bourbon Chicken
Bourbon Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Idle Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Legend has it that Bourbon Chicken was so named because a Chinese cook made it in a restaurant on Bourbon Street. Whether this is true or not, Bourbon Chicken is incredible and quite fitting for a Mardi Gras celebration! I don't know whether the original recipe contained Bourbon or not. However, I didn't think that I could go wrong by including it. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Servings: 4
Calories: 267 kcal
Author: Chula King
  • 1 pound skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch divided
  • 1/4 cup Bourbon divided
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed (1.875 ounces)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut oil
  • White rice
  1. Mix chicken with baking soda and water. Let sit 15 minutes. Rinse well under cold water; drain well. Pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Combine 1 tablespoon Bourbon with 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Add to chicken; mix well.

  3. Combine remaining 3 tablespoons Bourbon, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and remaining 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Set aside.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil in Wok or skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken. Cook, stirring frequently until chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

  5. Add ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes; cook 30 seconds or until fragrant.

  6. Add Bourbon sauce. Cook, stirring frequently until thickened and chicken is done, about 5 minutes.

  7. Serve over white rice.

Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 806mg 34%
Potassium 466mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Sugars 13g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Vitamin C 2.2%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 4.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.