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A bowl of bourbon chicken, rice, and steamed broccoli.
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5 from 6 votes

Quick Bourbon Chicken

Tender pieces of chicken with a crispy exterior, coated in an irresistible sweet and sticky sauce.


  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. cornstarch divided
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth 
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. bourbon optional 
  • 1 clove garlic minced or pressed
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. canola, vegetable, or coconut oil
  • rice for serving
  • steamed broccoli for serving


  • Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cornstarch, toss briefly to coat, and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl or large liquid measuring cup, combine the chicken broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, bourbon (if using), garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, and remaining 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Whisk until smooth and set aside. 
  • Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it is hot and rippling. Add chicken pieces and cook for about 1 minute on each side, just until the outside edges are golden. The chicken should not be cooked all the way through. Remove pieces to a plate and set aside. 
  • If there is a lot of oil left in the skillet, soak up a bit with a paper towel and discard. Lower the heat to medium, pour in the sauce, and bring it to a simmer. Return chicken to the pan and stir to coat each piece of meat with the sauce.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thick, almost syrupy. Serve with rice, broccoli, and/or other veggies. Enjoy!


  • This recipe also works well with chicken tenders, if you prefer. 
  • Any leftovers keep well for 2-3 days and make a great reheated lunch! Store in airtight containers in the fridge.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 331kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 929mg, Potassium: 544mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 118IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg
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