Freezer Cooking: ‘Bourbon’ Chicken


Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken

Why are Fridays becoming my ‘should have known better’ days? I got up this morning with all intentions of having this dish cooked, photographed and posted by 10am with the extra going straight into the freezer. Instead, this day has fallen hilariously apart.  If it could malfunction, it has.  If it could fall, break, hit the ground at exactly the wrong moment, it did. Spectacularly. And I’ve managed to laugh through the whole thing. Better late than never, right?

This is ‘Bourbon’ Chicken.  It doesn’t really have any bourbon on it, just a rich sauce.  If you frequented Chinese restaurants at the mall in your pre-traditional foods days, you’ll likely know this dish and love it. This is my go-to, can’t fail, makes-’em-all-happy dish.  I serve it to company, I make it when the family needs comfort food or a morale boost. Try it and it will become one of your family favorites, too. I love it served over rice with sauteed kale or broccoli on the side.

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I'm KerryAnn Foster. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband, Jeff, and our two kids, a teen and a tween. I blog here at Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). I blog about Paleo, beauty, health, family, homeschool and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond. I have over sixteen years of real food and natural lifestyle and health experience.

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  1. Deb Whitten says:

    ONGosh, I can’t wait to make this!!! We all love Chinese and even though my family still frequents our local Chinese place, I can’t since going gluten free 🙁 I’m totally making this next week as I come off my metabolic detox 🙂 thank you!!

  2. Yum! Making this maybe tomorrow! Yippee! Thanks KerryAnn!
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  3. Patsy says:

    Any substitute for apple juice? Never have it in the house. For that matter – maybe we won’t try this one – I have never had ginger. I am not very adventurous :). Any way to explain what ginger tastes likes?

    • Patsy, you can use more chicken stock in place of the juice. You can leave out the ginger, too. Ginger is warm and spicy. Buy a fresh knob and just grate off what you need then store the rest in the freezer. When you need more, you can grate it from frozen without having to thaw it. I always keep extra in the freezer, ti’s quick and easy to use.

  4. CindyKay says:

    This sounds like another winner to me and I know my family will eat it too a PLUS. Thanks again for a great recipe KerryAnn. (love your name by the way)

  5. eyerish says:

    Hi there

    I stumbled upon this great site while doing a search, A family member loves Bourbon chicken, so I made this today. It was delish
    I cut up chicken thighs and used a little honey for the sweetner and oj instead of apple juice. I used some of the sauce on my steamed cauliflower. Yum

    We liked this suace better than the mall sauce. Theirs is too sweet. This had a bit more kick. Thanks

  6. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!


  7. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Kerry Ann,
    I can’t wait to make this awesome reicpe, it is just packed with flavor.
    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Jessica says:

    We made this tonight for dinner and it was fantastic! YUM!
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  9. Deena says:

    Wow! I cannot tell you just how good this tasted! Everyone gobbled this up! It’s hard to get my 5 yo and 2 yo to consume meat that isn’t in the form of a chicken nugget but they devoured these!

  10. Jeannie says:

    Thanks, This looks really good. Ilike that you use coconut oil in this. I have quit eating Chinese food from the restaurant, I make my own versions at home for much less.

    I can see your recipe being served over rice ( I prefer brown rice) and/or with mixed vegetables. Or one could serve a salad as well.

  11. Susan Alexander says:

    This looks really good. We are on the Feingold diet here, so I’m having to figure out how to adjust…. Mostly it’s easy, I can sub more stock for the apple juice (like you said above), white vinegar for apple cider, and leave out the red pepper. But no tomatoes either. Any thoughts on the ketchup? Can I leave it out? Or… maybe sub a little mashed cooked carrot instead? Thoughts?

    • KerryAnn says:

      Susan, I think the carrot would be worth a try. I think the ketchup is used more for its spices than the tomato, per se, so you’ll want to add a dash of cinnamon and maybe clove.

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  15. Laura P. says:

    I made this for supper tonight & could’ve had at least 1/2 more of the recipe!
    We had it over quinoa and it was Delish!!
    Thanks for the tip about keeping fresh ginger in the freezer, I will definitely buy
    some this weekend when I go into town for grocery shopping!

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