Friday, May 15, 2015

Bourbon Chicken - Recipe

Bourbon Chicken - Recipe
I rarely get around to posting my own recipes, but when I posted this over on my instagram account a recipe was requested, so here we go!

Bourbon Chicken

  • 1 Large chicken breast (roughly 1.5 lbs is what I had on-hand)
  • 2 Tablespoons of sesame oil  (to cook the chicken in)
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger (I use the powdered-spice version)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 of an apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp srircha (add more if you like your food spicy)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of hoisin sauce (available at Wegman's and Asian Grocery stores)
  1. Take your thinly cut apple slices and add them to your 1 cup of water, let it sit as you cook your chicken.
  2. Dice your raw chicken into small bite-sized pieces. I like using kitchen shears because it's quick and easy. Once your meat is diced, place a large frying pan (or wok) over medium high heat, add your sesame oil, and cook your chicken until it is lightly browned. (We'll be cooking it a bit more later, so try not to overcook it at this point or your chicken will be dry.)
  3. Once the chicken is lightly browned, transfer it onto a plate or into a bowl for later, but keep the pan on the stove at the current heat-level.
  4. Add the sauce ingredients to the hot pan and stir with a spatula, or whisk, to combine, allow this mixture to heat on the stove top until it reaches a rolling boil. (I like to leave the sliced apples in my sauce as it boils, then I remove them before adding the chicken, but feel free to leave them in the sauce if you like. I usually eat them. They're good!) 
  5. Once the sauce has begun to boil, add your chicken back into the pan and toss until coated. Allow the sauce to cook down on the stove top for 3-5 minutes, or until desired thickness has been achieved.
  6. Remove from heat, and serve with the side dishes of your choosing. I like white rice and tons of veggies.
 Let me know if you plan on giving this one a try.

© Maria Smith
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