Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken

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If you love bourbon chicken from the food court at the mall, you’ll love this version of Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken that’s made right in your slow cooker!
If you love bourbon chicken from the food court at the mall, you'll love this version of Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken that's made right in your slow cooker! | www.persnicketyplates.com

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One of my favorite things about cooking, and I’ve said this before, is having leftovers. Today, however, there was no chicken left and none of the M&M cookies.

I hate when that happens. But, it is a good indicator of how good these dishes are.

I’ve made bourbon chicken before but I really liked this crock pot rendition. This version tastes less like the food court dish but it is simple and very good. I forgot how much I’ve missed my crock pot the last few months.

Why it’s called Bourbon Chicken

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

If it makes you happy, throw in some bourbon.

If you love bourbon chicken from the food court at the mall, you'll love this version of Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken that's made right in your slow cooker! | www.persnicketyplates.com

When I was in college, I used to stop at the mall that was across the street and have lunch. My favorite restaurant in the food court was one called Bourbon Street Grill. They had the best bourbon chicken.

I used to get the chicken with potatoes and rice. #carbsoncarbs

This slow cooker version makes a lot of “sauce” which is perfect for spooning over rice or potatoes or whatever you’re serving with the chicken.


  • Chicken – I like to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can also use thighs or tenders.
  • Salt & Pepper – The essentials.
  • Honey
  • Soy Sauce – I like to use low sodium.
  • Ketchup
  • Oil – I usually use vegetable oil but you could use olive oil or canola oil.
  • Garlic – Use two cloves or 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.
  • Onion – I usually use a yellow or white onion.
  • Red Pepper Flakes – Red pepper flakes help to balance the sweetness of the honey and give the chicken a tiny kick. You can skip it if you want.

How to thicken up the sauce

It will be a thin sauce but you can make a cornstarch slurry (2 parts cold water with 1 part cornstarch) and whisk it in to thicken it up. I personally prefer it thin to spoon over my rice and veggies, but I’ve had many commenters say they’d like it thicker.

If you love bourbon chicken from the food court at the mall, you'll love this version of Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken that's made right in your slow cooker! | www.persnicketyplates.com

Do you call it a slow cooker or a crock pot? I asked on Facebook and it seems most people call it a Crock Pot but that’s a brand.

Like calling tissue Kleenex.

Or inline skates Roller Blades (do people still do that?? ha).

Whatever you call it, it’s good. & really easy. I served it with brown rice and roasted zucchini.


If you love bourbon chicken from the food court at the mall, you'll love this version of Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken that's made right in your slow cooker! | www.persnicketyplates.com

Can you put frozen chicken in the Crock Pot?

This is a common question I get, but the safest, best answer is no, you shouldn’t put frozen chicken in the slow cooker. Because of the amount of time it takes a slow cooker to get meat up to a safe temperature (it’s a slow cooker, after all), bacteria could contaminate the chicken. Meat should already be thawed when you place it in the crock pot. Ideally, you’d thaw the chicken in the fridge the night before.

That said, I have used frozen chicken in a pinch and lived to tell the tale, but now that I know better, I don’t.

Tools to make Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

  • My slow cooker of choice – I love that you can set the cook time then it automatically switches over to “warm” after the cook time.
  • Time-saving minced garlic – I always keep minced garlic packed in oil in my fridge.
  • A whisk if you’re going to make that slurry I talked about above.


Watch how easy this Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken is to make:




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Slow Cooker Honey Bourbon Chicken | Persnickety Plates

Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
If you love bourbon chicken from the food court at the mall, you'll love this version of Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken that's made right in your slow cooker!
4.46 from 1748 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 715 kcal


  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic or 1 teaspoon minced garlic in oil
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Trim your chicken breasts, sprinkle with salt & pepper and place them in your slow cooker.
  • In a medium bowl, add the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil, garlic, onion and red pepper flakes. Stir well to combine. Pour over the chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1½ to 2½ hours.
  • When done, remove chicken from crock pot and cut into chunks.


Adapted from Table for Two


Serving: 1gCalories: 715kcalCarbohydrates: 85gProtein: 52gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 2668mgPotassium: 1121mgFiber: 1gSugar: 78gVitamin A: 295IUVitamin C: 6.4mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 2.6mg

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  1. Laurette B says

    5 stars
    Great served over rice and steamed broccoli.. side of cheesy scalloped potatoes did help to cut the sweetness of the dish… my family enjoyed it

    • Melissa Williams says

      I like the sound of rice AND potatoes =)

  2. Dianne says

    5 stars
    This was delicious!!

  3. Lena says

    Bought thin cut chicken breast by accident lol! Do I need to cut back on the cook time?

    • Melissa Williams says

      3-4 hours on low is probably plenty. Do you have a meat thermometer? As long as you hit 165° you’re good.

  4. Jamie says

    5 stars
    This was amazing. I did change a few things

    – I used 3 chicken breasts (that is all that fits)
    – I halfed the ingredients
    – cooked on low for 3 hours, last hour or 2 put it on warm over night, chicken fell apart 😋
    We put it over rice (we put some all purpose seasoning in with the rice while it cooked) added few dashes of Worcestershire sauce when it was finished on top and wooooweee!!!

    Thanks! Saving this one!

  5. Alisha says

    Could I make this in my Dutch oven? If so, what temp and for how long would you recommend? My crock pot broke!

    • Melissa Williams says

      I haven’t tested but it should be fine. Sear the chicken, add the sauce, 325° for about 1-1.5 hours should do.

  6. Phyllis says

    I am diabetic and can not have a cup of honey. Could I use a brown sugar substitute instead or is it the honey that makes the flavors work?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’ve heard raw, unpasteurized honey is better for diabetics. Worth a Google. Or maybe this replacement, though I haven’t tested this. (Affiliate link) https://amzn.to/3aAnC98

  7. Gale says

    This recipe looks great, but where’s the bourbon? Am I missing something? LOL!

  8. Sandi says

    Well the name of it is Honey BOURBON chicken and I see no Bourbon in it anywhere…and another person asked where the Bourbon is and the reply was that it was addressed in “above comments”…what am I missing…I see not comments about why the Bourbon is missing…help???

    • Jasmine Mercado says

      “The name Bourbon Chicken comes from Bourbon Street in New Orleans, which it’s named after.” Not because there is bourbon in the actual recipe. She mentioned you can add yourself though if you’d like!

  9. Sandi says

    Oh I finally see where it is, not in the comments, but in the posts itself…sorry if you had “rude comments” about it…now I get it, it’s named after a place, not the ingredients…still sounds great and I’ll give it a try…

    • Melissa Williams says

      Thanks, Sandi. I’m glad you found it. I promise we put helpful info in the posts that people are always complaining about! lol

  10. Tina says

    Thanks for the recipe. I haven’t tried it yet, so can’t comment so much on taste right now, but looks super yummy.

    By any chance, though, do you have a conversion for this recipe to Instant Pot?

    Also, just a thought, since I’m now in that group, do you think the salt could be completely left out because of the salt in the soy sauce and still have the flavors?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi Tina. In the IP I would do 15 minutes on manual, then 5 min natural release. You’ll be fine without additional salt & I always use low sodium soy sauce.

  11. Kristie says

    3 stars
    Mine didn’t turn out anything like the picture. It was not what I was expecting. Disappointed.

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m sorry yours didn’t look like mine. Did you like the taste?

  12. gertie l jackson says

    5 stars
    how much Bourbon o you put in it?

  13. Marylee gorcheck says

    5 stars
    Everything looks so good I’ll defenetly try them all

  14. kay says

    How does it get caramelized like yours in the picture? Did you finish in oven?

    • Melissa Williams says

      That picture was taken straight from the crockpot onto my dinner plate on my lap 🙂

  15. Amber N Boles says

    Should I use less soy sauce if it isn’t low sodium?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yes, you could take it down a bit. I also wouldn’t season the chicken with any salt.

  16. BigDaddyBrit says

    This looks incredible! Im definitely trying this tonight 🙂

    Quick question from a crockpot rookie — can you just add potatoes in the pot with the chicken? Is that allowed?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yep, that’s allowed! I haven’t tried it here but it’ll probably be good with the sauce. I’d cube them & put the potatoes on the bottom. Let me know how it goes!

  17. Jen says

    Sorry if this is in the comments already, can you make this a few hours ahead and store in the fridge? I love this recipe but today I need to make it early lol. Thanks!

    • Melissa Williams says

      You mean store raw in the fridge? It should be fine for a few hours. Otherwise, leftovers warm up well 🙂

  18. Savannah says

    I only have 3 chicken breasts… how long should I cook them for?? & should I half the ingredients?

    • Melissa Williams says

      You can halve the ingredients, unless you like a lot of sauce. I’d do 4-6 hours on LOW.

  19. Amber N Boles says

    Does this come out sweet and tangy ?

  20. Ted Langley says

    5 stars
    This is a good recipe and my family likes it. I use bone in skin on chicken thighs and I pan sear the thighs to crisp the skin before adding them to the crockpot and I add a half cup of bourbon to my recipe. Can’t be bourbon chicken without bourbon. Low cook it in

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