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If you like bourbon chicken from the food court at the mall, you’ll love this homemade stovetop version!

Bourbon Chicken just like from the food court! | Persnickety Plates

Maybe you’ve made my crockpot bourbon chicken recipe, but this one is made quickly on the stovetop, and I pair it with roasted potatoes.

It’s sweet, a touch spicy, perfect over rice and it rivals the dish I used to get at the mall in college.

I made these roasted potatoes but cut them into discs instead of the usual cubes. Next time I should probably be a grown up and serve it with a veggie like roasted green beans or something.

Fun Fact: There’s no bourbon in this recipe, which many of you have pointed out to me. The name Bourbon Chicken comes from Bourbon Street in New Orleans, which it’s named after.

Bourbon Chicken just like from the food court! | Persnickety Plates


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4.45 from 29 votes

Bourbon Chicken with Roasted Potatoes

Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
If you like bourbon chicken from the food court at the mall, you'll love this homemade stovetop version!


  • 1.5 pounds boneless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ Tablespoon minced garlic
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • cup apple juice
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup soy sauce I use low sodium
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons cornstarch if you want to thicken your sauce


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  • Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until fully blended and dissolved.
  • Replace chicken into the sauce and bring to a hard boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes uncovered.
  • Serve over hot rice.


Adapted from Big Oven


Serving: 1g | Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1850mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 366IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 4 stars
    We really enjoyed this! Served over brown rice. It was a bit too sweet, but delicious flavor! Next time I’ll start with less sugar and taste before I add more. But it was still very tasty and super quick and easy! Thanks for the recipe!