A simple recipe for a take-out classic, this slow cooker bourbon chicken is flavored with soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, apple, and bourbon whiskey.

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Easy bourbon chicken served on a bed of rice.

About Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken

Perfect for a quick dinner or easy leftovers, this bourbon chicken gets the slow cooker treatment while keeping all the flavors of your favorite take-out dish.

What is bourbon chicken?

Commonly found in Cajun-themed or American Chinese restaurants, this dish gets its name not only for the bourbon in the recipe but also for Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

The sauce in this dish is made with a base of soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic, with a deep bourbon flavor and hints of apple.

Will bourbon chicken make you drunk?

While there is bourbon in this recipe, it’s only a small amount (about 1/4 cup). The cooking process will also help “burn off” some of the intoxicating parts of the alcohol. You can read more about how alcohol works in cooking here: No Worries, the Alcohol Burns Off During Cooking – But Does it, Really?

Bourbon chicken in a slow cooker.

Which bourbon should you use?

I’m always hesitant to answer these questions because, for one, I know there are plenty of bourbons out there that I haven’t personally tried, so who’s to say if I really know the “best” one. And for two, what is considered good can be so different from person to person, whether it’s about taste or price point or just plain ‘ol loyalty to a brand you trust.

BUT, there are a few bourbons I can point you to so that you have somewhere to start. I know these bourbons both from experience and word-of-mouth, so you can trust that they’ll get the job done.

Scooping up bourbon chicken from crock pot.

How long is bourbon chicken good for?

Once prepared, bourbon chicken can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to four days.

Can you freeze bourbon chicken?

Yes, you totally can! And better yet, you can freeze this meal either before or after cooking.

To freeze before cooking:

  • Add all sauce ingredients to a large freezer bag, seal, then gently shake or massage the bag to mix the ingredients.
  • Reopen the bag, add chicken, then seal the bag securely with limited air. Gently shake to coat chicken.
  • Lay bag flat in the freezer and allow to freeze in that position, then store in freezer as desired.
  • Pre-cooked bourbon chicken can be frozen for up to six to eight weeks.
  • When ready to eat, let chicken thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then prepare in a crock pot per recipe instructions.

To freeze cooked chicken:

  • Allow the chicken to cool completely and then transfer to a freezer bag, removing as much air as possible before sealing.
  • Cooked bourbon chicken can be frozen for up to three months.
  • When ready to eat, let chicken thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Chicken can be reheated in the microwave.
Spoon holding bourbon chicken.

What to serve with bourbon chicken

For serving, you can either go ultra-traditional and stick with Asian cuisine or use any classic side. My favorite options include:

Notes & tips for crock pot bourbon chicken

Closeup of bourbon chicken served on rice.

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How do you make bourbon chicken in a crock pot?

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Start off by adding all of the ingredients to a bowl (cornstarch, green onion, ground ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, apple juice, honey, light brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, water, bourbon, soy sauce, salt, and black pepper) and whisk them up until the sauce is smooth. If you’d like, do a taste test and adjust the seasonings as you see fit.

Step 2 – Place the cut chicken into the bottom of a crock pot, then pour the sauce on top.

Step 3 – Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours.

Step 4 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Easy bourbon chicken served on a bed of rice.
3.9 from 19 votes

Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken

15 mins prep + 6 hrs cook
286 kcal
Yields: 8 servings
A simple recipe for a take-out classic, this slow cooker bourbon chicken is flavored with soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, apple, and bourbon whiskey.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add in cornstarch, green onion, ground ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, apple juice, honey, light brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, water, bourbon, soy sauce, salt, and black pepper and whisk together until sauce is smooth and well mixed. Do a taste test; feel free to experiment or adjust the seasonings to your liking.
  • Place cut chicken into the bottom of a crock pot and arrange in an even layer. Pour the prepared bourbon sauce on top.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours.
  • Serve bourbon chicken immediately with more chopped green onion for garnish (optional).

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 681mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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7 comments

    • Steve Jenkins

    Thank you! I love a new recipe…this one is great. I followed your directions and it was so good. I did top it with some toasted sesame seeds. Wow so good!!! Thanks again.

    • Chris Wirgau

    Looks like a great recipe, wish when you copied the recipe you would get a picture with it.

    • Sabrina

    I love cooking in the crock pot! This is a great recipe to make for a weeknight dinner!

    • Kim Beaulieu

    Oh man, I love this one. It looks so delicious. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    • Citra Kale @Citra’s Home Diary

    long list ingredients,So many flavors, full of joy! it looks scrumptious Chrisy!

  • Girl I get you!! I also feel that lately I have been slacking majorly in dinner department and there have been too many times when we ended up eating cereal for dinner! #guilty This crockpot version of Bourbon chicken looks amazing!! Must try!! Pinning!

    • Jill Silverman Hough

    Although I’m not much of a crock pot cooker, you had me at bourbon, Chrisy.