Apr 15, 2009

My Chinese Left-Overs Can Beat-Up Your Chinese Left-Overs! (Bourbon Chicken)

As I continue on my quest to make my favorite restaurant meals at home
I have been spending a lot of time testing Asian foods.

I love Chinese food!
I perfected Shrimp Lo Mein.

Now, I have the perfect recipe for Bourbon Chicken!!
Did you know that there is no actual bourbon in Chinese Bourbon Chicken?
Whats up with that??

I made it for the kids and their various girlfriends last night.
All the plates were licked clean!!
It tastes just like it does in my favorite Chinese joint!
And, trust me when I tell you, My kids are the best litmus test for any food!


Dana's Bourbon Chicken

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Remove chicken.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium Heat until well mixed and dissolved.
  5. Add chicken and bring to a hard boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Serve over hot rice and ENJOY.
**TIP** you can adjust the heat in this dish easily with the red pepper flakes.
I kept it kind of tame because of the young'ins.
The older boys and the Man-of-My-Dreams would love it with about double the amount of red pepper flakes.

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  1. I don't happen to have any apple juice, would something like orange juice work instead? I know it would throw the flavor off a bit, but hey, orange chicken is yummy too!! So whaddya think? I need a good chicken recipe for tonight so I may go with the OJ idea...who knows, I might just make chicken chili and call it done :-)

  2. This is a Fav of mine so I'll be sure and try it!

  3. Lacy,

    I don't know why OJ wouldn't work! I bet it'll be great!!
    Let me know how it turns out!

  4. I am going to try this with Pork! I have found that a lot of chicken dishes taste just as good with Pork...husband can't eat chicken.

  5. The pork worked out great (I didn't have the chicken). The only things I did different was I used rice vinegar (it's still vinegar) and I added a little bit of slurry (cornstarch+water) at the very end to thicken the sauce ever so slightly. This dish was awesome and I have been told to please make it again.
    Thank you for posting this recipe!

  6. Hi. First time to your site. So glad I found it, it is wonderful!! This recipe really is terrific, I am off to check out the shrimp lomein now!! Glad I found you.

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  8. I found this exact same recipe on another site and by another name. I am going to be trying it out for the first time tonight. I'll let you know how it turns out for my family.

    1. I know it's months later but we did have the dish and it was delicious. We have had it many times since. Thanks for the great recipe.


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