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Bourbon Hen – Nicky’s Kitchen Sanctuary


Crispy items of rooster in a candy, soy, garlic, ginger and Bourbon sauce (don’t fear I’ve acquired a sub for the Bourbon in the event you don’t need alcohol).

An American meals courtroom favorite that we like to make at residence. Prepared in lower than 25 minutes!

A tall shot of bourbon chicken in a dark grey pan, topped with spring onions and sesame seeds. There is a black spoon with a wooden handle scooping some of the chicken out of the pan. The pan is resting on a grey background with a dark blue napkin. In the top of the image you can slightly see a blue bowl of egg-fried rice.

We first tried this at a meals courtroom within the US and I simply knew we HAD to recreate it again residence. I couldn’t not have that candy, savoury, sticky goodness once more!

The trace of bourbon flavour provides the right quantity of consolation and flavour. What a superb Friday Evening Dinner!

📋 Substances

Overhead shot of the ingredients for bourbon chicken on a wooden board, placed on a white counter. On the left of the image is a blue box that has white text, listing the ingredients as follows: stock, sugar, bourbon, soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, cornflour, chicken, and oil.Overhead shot of the ingredients for bourbon chicken on a wooden board, placed on a white counter. On the left of the image is a blue box that has white text, listing the ingredients as follows: stock, sugar, bourbon, soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, cornflour, chicken, and oil.

Bourbon – I used Gentleman Jack on this recipe as a result of it’s Chris’s favorite! I do know it’s technically classed as a Tennessee whiskey however it works simply the identical. In the event you don’t fancy the alcohol, you may substitute it with an equal quantity of apple juice after which add 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce.

Oil – You should use any sort of impartial oil for frying, I like to make use of avocado oil.

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Full recipe with detailed steps within the recipe card on the finish of this put up.

  1. First, combine the soy sauces and corn flour in a bowl till mixed, then add in the remainder of the sauce components.
  2. Place the rooster in a separate bowl and coat in cornflour and seasoning.
  3. Warmth the oil in a pan on a medium-high warmth and cook dinner the rooster till golden brown and cooked by means of.
  4. Flip down the warmth and add garlic and ginger, fry once more.
  5. Pour over the sauce and stir to coat the rooster.
  6. Take the rooster out of the pan and minimize it up into chunks, then put again into the sauce and stir to coat earlier than serving.

The rooster thigh meat actually soaks up all that flavour! That is what it appears like in the event you needed to serve it with out slicing the rooster:

A tall shot of the whole bourbon chicken fillets in a dark grey pan. The pan is resting on a grey background with a dark blue napkin.A tall shot of the whole bourbon chicken fillets in a dark grey pan. The pan is resting on a grey background with a dark blue napkin.

and after slicing:

A tall shot of the bourbon chicken in a dark grey pan. The pan is resting on a grey background with a dark blue napkin.A tall shot of the bourbon chicken in a dark grey pan. The pan is resting on a grey background with a dark blue napkin.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP Lower up the rooster filets as soon as they’re cooked and coated then stir them again within the sauce to get that meals courtroom really feel!

A tall close-up shot of bourbon chicken, topped with spring onions and sesame seeds.A tall close-up shot of bourbon chicken, topped with spring onions and sesame seeds.

🍽️ What to serve it with


Mmm… so tender and flavourful!

An overhead shot of a grey plate of bourbon chicken with egg fried rice, topped with spring onions and sesame seeds. The plate has a pair of wooden chopsticks lying on it. In the top right background is another grey plate of bourbon chicken, in the top right is a dish of white sesame seeds with sesame seeds and spring onions sprinkled around it. The bottom left, below the main plate of bourbon chicken, is a dark blue napkin. This is all set on a dark blue background.An overhead shot of a grey plate of bourbon chicken with egg fried rice, topped with spring onions and sesame seeds. The plate has a pair of wooden chopsticks lying on it. In the top right background is another grey plate of bourbon chicken, in the top right is a dish of white sesame seeds with sesame seeds and spring onions sprinkled around it. The bottom left, below the main plate of bourbon chicken, is a dark blue napkin. This is all set on a dark blue background.

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  • First, make the bourbon sauce. Add the sunshine and darkish soy sauce to a small bowl or jug. Stir within the cornflour till dissolved.

    3 tbsp mild soy sauce, 2 tbsp darkish soy sauce, 1 tbsp cornflour, 180 ml (3/4 cup) rooster inventory, 4 tbsp bourbon whisky, 5 tbsp mild brown sugar

  • Add the rooster inventory, bourbon and sugar and stir collectively. Put to at least one aspect.

  • Place the rooster in a bowl and sprinkle on the cornflour, salt and pepper. Toss collectively to totally coat.

    750 g (1.65 lbs) skinless, boneless rooster thigh fillets, 2 tbsp cornflour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • Warmth the oil in a big frying pan (skillet) over a medium-high warmth.

    3 tbsp oil

  • Add the rooster to the pan and cook dinner for 8-12 minutes, turning a number of occasions throughout cooking, till golden brown and cooked by means of.

  • Flip the warmth all the way down to medium and add the garlic and ginger.

    3 cloves garlic, 1 tsp minced ginger

  • Fry for an extra 30 seconds, transferring the whole lot spherical within the pan, utilizing a spoon or spatula, consistently.

  • Pour within the sauce and switch the warmth again as much as medium-high. Cook dinner for 2-3 minutes, stirring typically, till the rooster is coated, and the sauce thickens.

  • Flip off the warmth, take away the rooster from the pan, roughly slice and place again within the sauce, stir to coat (slicing is optionally available – however I prefer it for that ‘meals corridor type’).

  • Serve over rice, topped with spring onions and sesame seeds.

    boiled rice or egg fried rice, spring onions, sesame seeds

Dietary info is approximate, per serving (this recipe serves 4 ), not together with the serving recommendations.

Can I make it forward?

This dish style greatest cooked and served instantly, however you can also make it forward too in the event you want.
Make the entire dish, then cool, cowl and refrigerate for as much as a day.
Reheat in a pan over a medium warmth, stirring typically, till piping sizzling all through – about 7-10 minutes. Place a lid on the pan to maintain the warmth in throughout reheating. It’s a good suggestion so as to add a superb splash (1/4 cup or so) of sizzling rooster inventory to assist loosen up the sauce once more.

The rooster additionally tastes nice chilly for lunch the subsequent day as a part of a salad or wrap.

Ingredient swaps

  • You’ll be able to swap out the bourbon for 4 tbsp of apple juice + 1 tbsp of  Worcestershire sauce if most popular.
  • Hen thighs are higher at standing as much as excessive warmth cooking – like that on a griddle or BBQ – while staying juicy. Nevertheless,  you may substitute them with rooster breast items in the event you want. Attempt to make sure you don’t overcook – because the rooster might turn into dry. However do guarantee it’s cooked all through and now not pink within the center.

The right way to scale up and scale down this recipe

This recipe could be doubled up for a crowd or halved for 2 folks, sticking to the identical ingredient ratios.

Energy: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 39g | Fats: 18g | Saturated Fats: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 5g | Monounsaturated Fats: 9g | Trans Fats: 0.1g | Ldl cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 2064mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg

Vitamin info is robotically calculated, so ought to solely be used as an approximation.

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