No bourbon was actually used in the making of this chicken so this is super kid-friendly!
I've heard it rumored that bourbon chicken wasn't actually called that because it used bourbon but more because it came about on Bourbon St in New Orleans. Anyone know for sure? No matter how it got it's name, Bourbon chicken seems synonymous with American mall food and secret indulgences.
Many years and a couple of children ago, I spent a winter working in the mall. When working in the mall, they can make it difficult to bring in your own lunch and you never get enough time to leave the mall for lunch so you are stuck eating whatever the food court has to offer. Usually it's overpriced and over processed, but secretly very tasty at times. Bourbon chicken was my guilty mall food pleasure.
It's been so long that I can barely remember what that mall bourbon chicken actually tasted like so I'm not sure how close this really is. It satisfies the memory I have of that mall food though and I'm sure it has to be way better for me. Bonus....the kids love it to!
1/2 cup cold water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/2 - 1 teaspoon sriracha (depending on how spicy you want it)
1/4 cup apple juice or pineapple juice
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs or a mixture of both; cut into bite-size pieces
In a small bowl, mix together the water and cornstarch. Add the remaining ingredients except chicken and rice. Mix well.
Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned.
Add sauce mixture and bring to a hard boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes uncovered or until sauce is thickened and coats te back of a spoon.
Serve over hot rice.
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