Bourbon Chicken

Super Easy One Pan Bourbon Chicken. Serve with rice and noodles to make it a meal!


This Bourbon Chicken is so much better than the standard food court recipe. The chicken turns out tender, juicy and loaded with tons of sauce. The sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. I like to double the sauce to have extra to serve with rice.


This Bourbon Chicken takes 20 minutes and only one pan. No marinating required. Simply cook the chicken, pour in the sauce, simmer and add in cornstarch and water to thicken up the sauce. That’s it.


Serve over rice or noodles and enjoy!

Bourbon Chicken

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Super Easy One Pan Bourbon Chicken. Serve with rice and noodles to make it a meal!


  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • sesame seeds for garnish if desired
  • green onions for garnish if desired


  1. Heat sesame oil and canola oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add in chicken and saute until fully cooked and browned.
  3. Add in garlic and ginger and saute for 1-2 minutes. (Add in more oil if needed)
  4. In a medium bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar, bourbon and rice wine vinegar.
  5. Add sauce to the chicken and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk together cornstarch and water.
  7. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce and stir frequently until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  8. If the sauce needs to thicken more add more cornstarch.
  9. Serve immediately with sesame seeds and green onions for garnish, if desired.

Recipe Notes

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  • This sounds deceptively easy (and obviously delicious)! There’s no hidden trick, missing ingredient, or sink-load of dishes at the end, right?

    Meals like this that can be prepped for in advance and then just get thrown into one pan to cook are great for families who are always on the move for kids’ activities. I’ll definitely have to try this one! Thanks!

  • Gaby

    This looks amazing!! Will have to give it a walk tonight. When you say bourbon, do you mean the alcohol or is there a sauce already remade to use for this recipe?

  • I made a similar recipe before. I wanted more gravy, and doubled the bourbon, extra water, extra soy sauce and a little extra rice vinegar. Wow, the bourbon taste was a little to strong. Oh, everyone in my family liked it, but we all got a little buzz.
    Would you please instruct me to get the correct way, to get a double amount of gravy.
    Thank you, Gertraud aka Gigi Hammer.

    • Hi Gigi,

      There is not a whole lot of bourbon in this recipe I would double the recipe and try only adding 3 tablespoons of bourbon or to taste.



  • Ms E.

    Delicious, quick and easy. If ever a recipe to go to with bourbon and chicken, this was it; add some stir fry veggies too— omg.. 🙂

  • DJ


  • Pamela A

    This is an absolutely delicious, easy recipe. I double the recipe for my jasmine rice, I also made garlic broccoli. Tasty, very very tasty. I plan to marinate some chicken wings in the sauce.