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A bowl filled with saucy bourbon chicken and rice.
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Saucy Bourbon Chicken

Saucy Bourbon Chicken is a delicious New Orlean's-style fusion of Cajun and Chinese cooking with sweet and tangy sauce coated chicken. This family favorite meal is ready in just 30 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, cajun, Chinese American, orleans
Keyword: bourbon chicken
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 211kcal
Author: Caytlin McCleery



  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup bourbon*
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch


  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil


  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions


  • In a mixing bowl, mix together chicken broth, orange juice, brown sugar, bourbon, soy sauce, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and corn starch. Set aside.
  • Cube up the chicken into bite-size pieces, about 1-inch cubes. Lightly sprinkle the chicken cubes with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in olive oil and sesame oil and let heat 1 minute. Add in chicken and cook until exterior browns, about 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium and pour in the sauce mixture. Stir and let the sauce and chicken simmer together for 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot over rice and garnish with sliced green onions and a pinch of cracked pepper.


Slow Cooker Instructions:

Prepare your sauce and brown the chicken on the stovetop thoroughly first. Add browned chicken and sauce to the slow cooker and cook on low for 5 hours, or high for 3 hours. 

Instant Pot Instructions:

Add in oil and chicken to your instant pot and set to sauté for 5-7 minutes to get some good browning on the chicken. 
Add the sauce mixture over the chicken and secure lid.  Set to High pressure for 10 minutes. Once finished, let it release naturally for 5 minutes and then quick release. 
*For a non-alcoholic option, replace Bourbon with apple juice. 


Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 960mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg