Chinese Bourbon Chicken

Chinese bourbon chicken recipe
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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
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Southern U.S. and Chinese cuisine come together in this recipe, which combines good bourbon whiskey with Asian soy sauce.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thigh meat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red rice vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons good bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, or to taste (up to 4 tablespoons if desired)
  • 1 green onion (scallion, spring onion), washed and cut into thirds
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

How to Make It

  1. Place the chicken thighs in a shallow 9 X 13-inch baking dish. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Turn the thighs occasionally to make sure they are entirely coated in the marinade.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F (177 C, gas mark 4). Bake the chicken, uncovered, with the marinade, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, basting occasionally, until the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced in the thickest part of the thigh, or a meat thermometer reads at least 170 F (77 C) in the same part of the thigh. Serve hot.

    Kitchen Notes:

    • Instead of thighs, you can use breast meat and make these into skewers that you grill. 
    • Not a fan of ginger? Feel free to switch up some of the ingredients. Try using brown sugar and garlic powder instead of fresh garlic and ginger. 
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 579
    Total Fat 30 g
    Saturated Fat 7 g
    Unsaturated Fat 14 g
    Cholesterol 142 mg
    Sodium 1,077 mg
    Carbohydrates 23 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Protein 49 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)