Fab Fusion: Bourbon Chicken New Orleans Style

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Chicken Bourbon Recipe

A Classic Chicken Bourbon Recipe, But With a Twist

   Chicken is a dinnertime staple in any household. Whether you’re a busy mom or a single gal you probably have some chicken in your fridge right now. It’s a versatile meat but all too often we get caught up in cooking the same dish over and over again. There’s nothing worse than repeatedly using the same ingredients in the exact same way until you get tired of them. In my household I cook dinner most weeknights for four hungry people and it’s always nice to bring something new to the table. Bourbon Chicken, made to a Southern style recipe, is the perfect chance to experiment a little. So go on, try something adventurous for dinner tonight.

   Bourbon Chicken also makes for perfect comfort food; it’s warm, sweet and spicy. If you’re making dinner for an old friend or a new date in your own home this is a good way to impress. Nothing is more appealing than cozy and welcoming food that’s just slightly out of the ordinary.

   New Orleans Style Bourbon Chicken is an easy way to liven up your recipe repertoire. The origin of this dish is quite disputed but you might be familiar with its presence on the menus in Chinese restaurants. Funnily enough, when you get Chinese Style Bourbon Chicken it probably doesn’t actually have any bourbon in it! Some say the dish is named for the street in New Orleans where it was first made, while others claim it is because many Southern style recipes use bourbon in the marinade. New Orleans is world famous for its cuisine which blends classic cooking techniques with Southern flavors and so it is quite likely that the dish’s namesake is the location where it was commonly made; New Orleans French Quarter has many streets named after French royalty, one of which is Bourbon Street. Whatever the dish’s origins it certainly is delicious so let’s get right to the recipe.

Bourbon Chicken Dish on a Plate

Bourbon Chicken Recipe That Works Well With Both Sweet And Savory Dishes

   New Orleans Style Bourbon Chicken with Rice (serves 4)
   To make this tasty chicken dish you will need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4oz soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion powder
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
  • Pinch of salt and Pepper to taste
  • For the rice:

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups vegetable stock/broth
Bourbon Chicken on a plate with rice

A Minimalist’s Recipe for Bourbon Chicken


  1. Cut the chicken breast into evenly-sized chunks and place in a single layer in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the other ingredients to make the marinade.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken, cover and leave to rest for anywhere from 6 hours to overnight.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350°F and uncover the dish. Cook the chicken pieces for 45 minutes or until done.
  5. As the chicken cooks you should prepare the rice. Bring a pot with 2 cups of broth to the boil and cook the rice according to the instructions on the label. As a general rule white rice takes 15 to 18 minutes to cook. If all the liquid has absorbed before the rice is done simply add a tiny bit more until the rice is at your preferred texture.
  6. Serve the chicken over a bed of rice with the remaining marinade acting as a sauce.

Helpful Hints and Tips

   Marinated chicken is a familiar idea but what the recipe for Bourbon Chicken adds is a sweet and spicy kick. This dish is perfect for mothers who want to branch out a little – simple chicken and rice will go down well with most children. Of course in that case the dish can be made without any alcohol, simply use your usual substitution. Apple juice is always good and it’s what I prefer to use when cooking for a crowd that includes kids.

   Cooking rice in a flavorsome stock or broth is one of my favorite ways to incorporate extra flavor into any dish. However if you do not have chicken or vegetable broth on hand, the rice can be cooked in water as you would usually prepare it.

   For a healthy meal you can try adding in some vegetables. Sweetcorn, peas, broccoli, or spinach all make good accompaniments, turning the dish into a lighter stir-fry affair. For an even more nutritious meal try swapping brown rice for your usual white, it’s a healthier choice.

   It’s a very quick dish to prepare, making it perfect for hectic schedules. The chicken can be left to marinate in the flavorful base for up to 24 hours so it can be popped into the fridge the night before or in the morning before heading to work. I like to set aside ten minutes before the school run to throw everything together so that when I come home at the end of the day it’s as easy and putting everything on to cook – no prep needed!



  1. Stephanie December 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm -

    Yum! Bourbon chicken and other bourbon dishes are the latest thing in some trendy restaurants but my mom used to make it years ago.

  2. Kim Rawks December 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm -

    Mmm… I know what I want for dinner now. Those pics are making me hungry! I think I’ll pick up the ingredients on the way home from work and make it tonight.

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