Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bourbon Chicken

I remember someone mentioning within their blog a while back that they were big fans of and I have since found quite a few great recipes off of that site! I'm almost thinking that I like it better than! You can either search by recipe name, by ingredients you want to use, etc (much like, but it seems as if there is a wider variety of recipes. I like that it also allows you to sort recipes by their "rating", much like I did a search for recipes that contained boneless skinless chicken breasts and this particular one popped up under the "most popular" section. It was rated by close to 2,000 people and received 4 1/2 out of 5 doesn't get much better than that! All of the reviews seemed pretty consistent in terms of the comments and I followed the recipe pretty much to a tee. Depending on how heartily you eat, you may want to double the ingredients--I used about 2 1/2 pounds of chicken, but do not think it would have fed more than 3 adults, unless you served something else with it. I served mine over white rice (per their suggestion), but didn't have egg rolls or anything like that to balance the meal. My husband even thought it would have been good to have added some broccoli or pea pods in with the chicken and I do think that definitely would have been good, as the sauce itself had a really good flavor and would have complimented most any veggie you added. I would probably suggest trying it "as is" to start and then you can create your own variation--if I do add veggies next time, I would probably make a little extra sauce, because it was nice having some sauce to spoon over the rice.

Bourbon Chicken

2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1-2 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ginger
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup apple juice
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce


Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned. Remove chicken and set aside.

Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium Heat until well mixed and dissolved.
Add chicken and bring to a hard boil; Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes

Serve over hot rice.



  1. I found my snickerdoodle blondie recipe off I think it's a pretty cool site. I made this recipe this summer and I really liked it. I served it with steamed broccoli and snow peas and it was really good. I did the sauce recipe 1 and 1/2 times and it had enough to spoon a good amount over the rice (I used jasmine).

  2. I thought the recipe sounded awfully familiar--I actually kept second-guessing myself and thinking I had made it once before! I bet I saw it on YOUR blog, Heidi! I ended up making 1 1/2 times the amount of sauce and it made a bunch--I guess I always tend to make extra sauce to ensure there's enough. It made so much that I almost thought I went a bit overboard and definitely thought there would be plenty of sauce if I added some veggies!

  3. Oh, you're killing me. I'm so hungry right now and your food always looks soooo delicious!!!

  4. Glad you found us and are enjoying our users' recipes! If you haven't already, you should share a review on RZ and your photo if you want. Sure, the dish has tons of review already but one more never hurts. Our users will definitely appreciate it!

  5. Mmmm! Now I don't have to find a parking space at the mall and make my way to the food court for this "delicacy". I'll bet that this is much healthier too. I've never thought of making my own Bourbon Chicken. Thanks for posting this. I'll give it a try. : )

  6. I love recipezaar too and tried this recipe awhile back. I think it's really tasty and you are definitely right about adding in veggies!! Looks delicious.

  7. i'm going to have to check out that website, thanks! this looks wonderful!

  8. Oh, yes, this sounds so GOOD!! Absolutely something we would love here. Going into my stash!

  9. Ive been wanting to try this exact same dish for a while,GMTA!!!!

    I am thrilled to have your opinion on it and I will be trying it!

  10. I LOVE Recipezaar. This recipe sounds awesome too. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!


  11. Wow! This looks and sounds sooo good! Definitely making this one!

  12. I have a recipe for Bourbon Chicken that includes actual Bourbon, but I never seem to carry it around the house (hmm, wonder why?), anyway, I am sooo happy I found this recipe on your blog! I cannot wait to try it!!

  13. I have a recipe for this that actually contains bourbon, but I have never made it. I am happy to have found an alternative here! I cannot wait to try it! I am adding you to my follow list on my blog. I think I gravitate towards people with the name Rachel for some reason, lol..