This Chinese Bourbon Chicken is everything you need after a hard day at work. Instead of ordering take-out, invest only 5 minutes of your precious time and enjoy the lip-smacking dinner featuring sweet and sour chicken sprinkled with chives and sesame seeds. Yum!
Despite the fact that the title of the post says “Chinese”, the Bourbon Chicken I made today is as Chinese as you and me. It shouldn’t even come as a surprise because, if you think for a moment, China and bourbon have absolutely nothing in common. This beverage was born in the United States as well as a dish named bourbon chicken. Why it’s called Chinese then? Well, somehow it’s served in Chinese restaurants across the United States, that’s why. I am not sure how and why it’s happening, but who cares? It’s crazy delicious, that’s all I care about!
I found out about bourbon chicken a few years ago. While it’s not served in Chinese restaurants in my country, I stumbled upon it on Pinterest where it was / is really popular. Bourbon had been a frequent ingredient in my kitchen even before that, so I immediately loved the idea of drowning chicken in it. Actually, I even made it for the blog in 2014, but throughout these years I have improved the recipe and my photography skills (substantially), so I decided that it’s time to make a new post about this fantastic dish.
The dish itself is really simple and super easy & quick to make. It requires only 5 minutes of preparation + about 20 minutes of cooking time. Just cook some rice while the chicken is sizzling in a pan and you have a perfect dinner! It’s especially great for weeknights when there is no will to spend much time in the kitchen, but there is still a crave for something more delightful than a simple sandwich.
I make Chinese bourbon chicken quite often and recommend you to do the same. You won’t regret it, that’s for sure. That pleasant sweet and savory chicken taste will win your heart immediately. Sprinkle with some chopped chives and sesame seeds for that extra flavor boost and you are good to go!
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoon chopped onion
- 1 lb (450g) chicken breast , cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- sesame seeds , for sprinkling
- chopped chives , for sprinkling
- In a wok or a skillet, heat the oil and add the garlic and ginger. Cook for a few seconds, stirring, so they don't burn. Add the chicken and onion and cook, stirring, until the meat is cooked through.
- Meanwhile, combine the bourbon, water, rice vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl.
- Pour the sauce into the skillet and stir well to coat the chicken. Keep cooking until the sauce thickens.
- Serve over the rice sprinkled with the sesame seeds and chopped chives. Enjoy!
Mama HarrisSeptember 24, 2016 at 7:08 am
I love cooking and baking with bourbon, I’ll definitely have to try this. It looks great!
JovitaSeptember 27, 2016 at 8:48 am
Bourbon is one of my favorite ingredients 🙂
Emma @ Supper in the SuburbsSeptember 24, 2016 at 11:00 am
This looks ten times better than my local takeaway. So fresh and vibrant! Will definitely be making this 🙂
JovitaSeptember 27, 2016 at 8:49 am
I am so glad to hear it, Emma! Thanks for the kind words 🙂
ElizabethSeptember 24, 2016 at 11:07 am
Now that’s my kind of dish! All the flavour and awesomeness and none of the faff with loads of prep. Love it!
JovitaSeptember 27, 2016 at 8:50 am
Yup, this one is really quick and easy to make!
Platter TalkSeptember 24, 2016 at 11:19 am
Nice switch up with the bourbon. I like this recipes speed and flavors. Looking good!
JovitaSeptember 27, 2016 at 8:51 am
Thanks for the comment! 🙂
Gingey BitesSeptember 24, 2016 at 11:20 am
This looks great! I’ll have to try it here in the UK 🙂
JovitaSeptember 27, 2016 at 8:51 am
You will surely love it 🙂
Marsha | Marsha's Baking AddictionSeptember 24, 2016 at 1:02 pm
I absolutely LOVE Chinese food, so just looking at this is making my mouth water!
Michelle @ Vitamin SunshineSeptember 25, 2016 at 2:51 am
The best ingredients! I have to give this a try. Pinning!
JovitaSeptember 27, 2016 at 8:54 am
You won’t be disappointed, Michelle!
Sam | Ahead of ThymeSeptember 25, 2016 at 4:46 am
Yumm! This bourbon chicken looks amazing! Can’t wait to try the recipe 🙂
JovitaSeptember 27, 2016 at 8:56 am
Let me know how you liked it, Sam! 🙂
Trooper DaveJune 24, 2017 at 12:15 am
Hey I love bourbon and surely love Chinese food. So what’s not to love? I will try it soon.
JovitaJuly 13, 2017 at 7:19 am
You’ll love it!