Homemade Bourbon Chicken


  • 2 lbs of boneless & skinless Chicken Thigh and/or Leg Meat.
  • 1 to 2 TBSP olive oil.
  • 1 garlic clove crushed/minced.
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger.
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (can add or remove depending on spiciness preference).
  • 1 TBSP Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice.
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar.
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin Sauce (substitute ketchup if you must).
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar.
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce.
  • 1/4 cup Crown Royal (or your whiskey/bourbon of choice).
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup.
  • Chopped green onion for garnish.

Additional Ingredients for Marinade

  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup.
  • Juice from 1 lemon (can substitute orange or grapefruit, you just need citric acidity).


  • In a wok on low simmering heat begin adding ingredients starting with oil and garlic.
  • Add remaining ingredients, turn heat to medium.
  • Stir ingredients and bring to a low simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Once all ingredients have dissolved and combined, allow some time for it to chill to room temperature.
  • From the chilled mixture, remove 3/4 of a cup and add in lemon juice and 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup.  Marinate chicken with this for at least a few hours if not overnight.
  • Remove your chicken from the marinade and sear on the grill.
  • While the chicken is cooking begin heating the remaining sauce.
  • After your chicken has sufficient grill marks on it, remove from the grill and rest for 5 minutes before cutting into bite size pieces.
  • Put the chicken in a wok with the remaining sauce and cook on medium to medium high heat for 5 to 10 minutes to ensure the chicken is cooked the whole way through.
  • Serve over fried rice or Lo Mein with your favorite steamed vegetables.