Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken

Lucy Loo 0

"A favorite named after Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana and for the bourbon whiskey ingredient; although this dish, sold as Cajun-style cuisine in malls all over America, is reported to be nothing of the kind (not genuine Creole or Cajun fare)! Note: If you double the recipe, make sure that the chicken is still in a single layer. Laissez les bons temps rouler!"

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings 313 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 313 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 1.5 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs:
  • 31.2g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 29.3 g
  • 59%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 1664 mg
  • 67%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place chicken breasts in a 9x13 inch baking dish. In a small bowl combine the ginger, soy sauce, onion flakes, sugar, bourbon and garlic powder. Mix together and pour mixture over chicken. Cover dish and place in refrigerator. Marinate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  3. Remove dish from refrigerator and remove cover. Bake in the preheated oven, basting frequently, for 1 1/2 hours or until chicken is well browned and juices run clear.
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  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.
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This was pretty fantastic on it's own, but wasn't like it is in the mall. I tweaked it a little and it was almost exactly what I get at the mall. I used 2 ounces of soy sauce and 1/4 cup more brown sugar. I used dark brown sugar. You couldn't even taste the bourbon. Absolutely mouth watering delicious!!


I was excited to find a Bourbon Chicken recipe with simple ingredients, as well as good reviews overall. On my second trial of this dish, I did, however, make some changes I believe for the better. First, used boneless skinless thighs (a bag of frozen chicken thighs, like Tyson). I doubled the marinade with the mesurements as writen, but then added about 3 tablespoons of oil (peanut), and topped off the brown sugar to 1 1/2 cup total. I also threw a few dashes of crushed red pepper, just for some contrast. Alot of reviewers said that the liquor taste was very strong, well I have a tip to try next time; you can subsitute Vanilla Extract(the cheap kind works best) for the bourbon. I personaly don't care for he taste of liquor, also this is what they use in the Mall. Tenderize and marinade in the fridge overnight in a gallon ziplock bag. As far as the cooking, I used the same time & temp, but covered the pan with foil until the last 15 or 20 minutes. This gave the chicken a great color and taste. The oil also helped with the browning. Serve the remaining sauce from the bottom of the pan with the chicken over rice or mashed potatoes. I hope these tips will inspire you to make this dish your own too.


This recipe is not bad. It just needs some adjustments to work. I read a lot of the reviews before I made it and decided on several changes. I chunked the chicken before placing in the marinade. I also marinaded for about six hours rather than overnight. Because I wasn't sure how it would turn out I only bought an airplane size bottle of bourbon. Turns out that is about a 1/4 cup. I didn't think the alcohol taste was too strong. I also added an extra 1/4 cup of brown sugar. I didn't have dried onion or garlic powder on hand so I used fresh grated onion and a clove of chopped garlic. I decided to stir-fry the meat and it worked out wonderfully, however be careful not to over cook the chicken. I also boiled the sauce to reduce it. I let it cook for about 15 minutes at a hard boil and I still thought it was too runny. Next time I won't cook down all the sauce, it made a lot. I served the chicken with white rice and steamed veggies. It turned out sweet and had a taste similar to Hawaiian style Teryaki. Since I have never had Bourbon Chicken from the mall I can't really compair. My husband who isn't a fan of Asian food and my one year old daughter both really liked the chicken. I will make this again.