Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken is an easy and tasty weeknight or busy weekend meal. The rich bourbon ginger sauce is sweet and tangy. This meal is perfect served over rice with a side of steamed broccoli.

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken is an easy and tasty weeknight or busy weekend meal. The rich bourbon ginger sauce is sweet and tangy. This meal is perfect served over rice with a side of steamed broccoli.

What I LOVE about this recipe for Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken is that the marinade takes just a few minutes to prepare and then it just simmers all day with no extra fuss!  I serve this with steamed rice to soak up all that luscious sauce and a side of steamed broccoli to round out the meal. 

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken is an easy and tasty weeknight or busy weekend meal. The rich bourbon ginger sauce is sweet and tangy. This meal is perfect served over rice with a side of steamed broccoli.

This recipe can be prepared with either whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs. I use bone-in chicken thighs and just de-bone as I shred the chicken after it’s cooked. The one caveat about chicken breast meat is that because it is so lean, it can have a tendency to dry out in the slow cooker. For this reason, I prefer chicken thighs but you can quite easily swap out to chicken breasts if that’s what you prefer. 

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken is an easy and tasty weeknight or busy weekend meal. The rich bourbon ginger sauce is sweet and tangy. This meal is perfect served over rice with a side of steamed broccoli.

Bourbon chicken sauce is a slightly sweet and tangy sauce similar to a sweet and sour sauce – so it is on the sweeter side. I use low-sodium soy sauce if you use traditional soy sauce, watch the salt content as traditional soy is quite salty.  

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Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken is an easy and tasty weeknight or busy weekend meal. The rich bourbon ginger sauce is sweet and tangy. This meal is perfect served over rice with a side of steamed broccoli.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine Asian, Slow Cooker
Servings 4 + Servings
Calories 542 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs skinless chicken thighs or 2 large whole boneless , skinless chicken breasts [See Note 1]
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

For the Marinade:

  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger (about a 1/2 inch piece)
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red chili flakes
  • 1- 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water or chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup Bourbon [See Note 2 , 3]
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce [See Note 4]
  • ground black pepper , to taste

For the Optional Garnish:

  • sliced green onions/scallions
  • toasted sesame seeds

Instructions
 

  • Mix all marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Place chicken in slow cooker, pour sauce over top. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 3 hours.
  • Remove chicken and shred into small bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, combine 3 tablespoons water with cornstarch. Turn slow cooker up to high. Whisk cornstarch slurry into the sauce. Cover and allow to thicken, stirring occasionally.
  • Return chicken back into the Bourbon Sauce and garnish with green onions.
  • Serve over rice with a side of steamed broccoli.

Notes

  1. This recipe can be prepared with either whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs. I use bone-in chicken thighs and just de-bone as I shred the chicken after it's cooked. The one caveat about chicken breast meat is that because it is so lean, it can have a tendency to dry out in the slow cooker. For this reason, I prefer chicken thighs but you can quite easily swap out to chicken breasts if that's what you prefer.
  2. To omit the Bourbon, replace with apple juice, chicken stock, or water. Be mindful that this will significantly alter the flavor of the Bourbon Sauce.
  3. If you do not keep a bottle or Bourbon on the shelf or if you are not sure if you'd like it, you can buy a "nip" size bottle (shot size) at the liquor store to use just for a flavor or recipe trial.
  4. I use low-sodium soy sauce if you use traditional soy sauce, watch the salt content as traditional soy is quite salty as compared to low sodium soy.

Nutrition

Calories: 542kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 67gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 323mgSodium: 979mgPotassium: 948mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 233IUVitamin C: 2mgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 11µgCalcium: 49mgFolate: 18µgIron: 3mgZinc: 5mg
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