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Make Bourbon Chicken in Four Easy Steps

By Momma Chef

Growing up, one of my favorite meals to pick up at the mall food court was delicious bourbon chicken. In fact, my brother and I used to go weekly to the mall just to eat it. You can imagine how devastated we were when the restaurant closed, and we could no longer find our favorite dish. After trying several times to replicate the recipe, I finally came up with a very similar one. And it’s super easy. Probably for nostalgic reasons, of the recipes I have created, it is one of my favorites. 

Delicious and Easy Bourbon Chicken
• ¼ cup bourbon
• 1/3 cup soy sauce
• 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 2-inch cubes

1. Pour bourbon, soy sauce, brown sugar, and ground ginger into a gallon-size Ziploc bag. Seal the bag and shake all ingredients to mix.

Add chicken cubes, seal the bag again, and shake one more time to coat the chicken.

Marinate several hours or overnight.

When ready to cook, heat up wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour all ingredients in Ziploc bag into wok/pan. Stir-fry over medium-high heat for 15 minutes, mixing until the sauce is thick and coats the chicken.

Alternatively, you can make this in a Crock-Pot, just pour all ingredients from the Ziploc bag into a Crock-Pot and cook on high for 3 hours.


1. I like to serve this with Trader Joe’s brown rice.

2. If you are purchasing your chicken at a butcher or meat department, ask them to cut it into 2-inch cubes.

3. If you prefer white meat, you can use it instead of cubed chicken breasts.

This article originally appeared on It has been reprinted here with permission.

Karen Nochimowski, aka Momma Chef, is a mother of three active boys (ages 12, 8, and 5). On her blog,, find more of her recipes, all of which require no more than six ingredients and six minutes of prep time.