Bourbon Chicken over Rice -without the bourbon

Oh . . . I have a great, easy and delicious dinner idea for you.

This recipe has been making the rounds on Pinterest, but I believe it originated from Big Oven.

This is one of those dinners that you can throw together in 30 minutes!

My sweet half even gave it a thumbs up.

 The recipe doesn’t call for the addition of steamed broccoli or sliced carrots, but I added them anyway.

The sauce would also make a great Marinade for beef as well.

I also tried a new recipe for Olive Garden Breadsticks.

It’s a Copykat of course . . . but very good.

I will share the recipe on my next post, so please come back!

Let’s make Bourbon chicken together . . . it’s super easy.

Start by cutting up your thawed boneless skinless Chicken Breasts into 1″ pieces.

I used smaller chicken tenders . . . (I used 12 of them)

Heat up a large skillet over medium high heat. Once it is hot, pour 2 T Olive Oil into it.

Add the chicken to the hot pan . . .

The chicken will start to get a bit juicy and bubbly.

If it looks like you have a lot of juice  . . .

Put the lid on the pan, slightly tilted and drain the juices out into the sink or dish. Return the pan to the stove top and continue cooking over medium high heat. The reason for doing this, is so that pieces of chicken will be able to brown slightly. You don’t want to just boil them.

Like this.

Cooking time is only about 10 minutes.

Don’t over cook your chicken or it will be tough & chewy.

It will continue to cook after you add the sauce.

(FYI:  It’s really difficult to add sauce and take a picture at the same time – using Manual!)

Add the sauce . . . and stir it all around in that golden chicken.

Put a lid on the pan, but leave it cracked just slightly, so that the sauce can thicken.

Turn your heat to low/simmer.

Let the chicken & sauce gently simmer over the lowest heat, until the sauce has thickened like you want it.

If the sauce gets too thick for your tastes . . . simple add a tablespoon or two of Chicken Broth.

I decided to also add steamed broccoli and thinly sliced carrots for color.

This is optional of course, but I have a lot of broccoli in my freezer from last years garden.

You could add other veggies as well.

Oh . . . doesn’t it look good!

Make a pot of rice.

I prefer brown rice, but my sweet half likes white, so that’s what I made.

Actually, if the truth be known . . . I don’t really care for rice.

Unless I make my Fried Rice & Ham.  I love it!  Go figure.

Plate your rice and top it with yummy Bourbon Chicken.


Come back soon and we’ll make Olive Garden Breadsticks together.

QUESTION:  Is there something you would like me to make with step by step instructions?

Le me know.




Bourbon Chicken over Rice – without the Bourbon!

Time: 15 min. prep + 30 cooking time
Yield: 5 servings
Recipe from Big Oven 
5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken tenders (12 to 15)
2 Tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon garlic
1/4 Cup apple or pineapple juice
1/3 Cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar ( I did not add this) I did add 3 Tablespoons of chicken broth to the sauce instead.
1/2 Cup water
1/3 Cup soy sauce
pinch red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon cornstarch


1. Cut your chicken into small 1-2 inch pieces with some clean kitchen scissors.
2. Heat up a large skillet over medium high heat. Once it is hot, pour 2 T Olive Oil into it.
3. Add your chicken pieces to the pan and let them cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. The chicken will start to get a bit juicy and bubbly. Put the lid on the pan, slightly tilted and drain the juices out into the sink. Return the pan to the stove top and continue cooking over medium high heat.
5. Into a medium sized mixing bowl combine 1 t garlic, 1/4 C apple or pineapple juice, 1/3 C brown sugar, 2 T ketchup, 1 T apple cider vinegar (or chicken broth), 1/2 C water, 1/3 C soy sauce, a pinch of red pepper flakes and 1 T cornstarch. Whisk it all together until the cornstarch is dissolved and all ingredients are well combined.
6. When your chicken has a nice brown sear on some of the pieces…
pour the sauce into the pan. Stir it around to cover all the chicken pieces.
7. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cover the pan with the lid at an angle to allow some of the steam to escape. Let this baby simmer away for about 20 minutes, stirring a couple of times during the cooking period. If the sauce gets a bit too thick, simply add a tablespoon or two of Chicken broth to thin it.
8. Serve over white or brown rice.



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  • Jessica the baker - March 19, 2012 - 11:26 pm

    YUM! Looks so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Jo and Sue - March 20, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Oh my goodness…this looks amazing! Your photos made me drool 🙂 I am definitely making this as soon as I can get to a stove.ReplyCancel

  • Kandice - March 20, 2012 - 12:23 pm

    Yum! It looks like another winner! I made your stir-fry last night…it’s become a staple. 🙂 This one might have to go on the list soon too!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - March 20, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    I made this for dinner last night and it was AMAZING!!! This will be a favorite in our house from now on!ReplyCancel

  • Claire @ Claire K Creations - March 20, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    I love a good simple recipe like this. Looks like one of those ones that could become a family staple!

    My man doesn’t like rice either. I give it to him anyway because I can never think of anything else to pair with a stirfry or similar dish.ReplyCancel

  • Tami - March 21, 2012 - 9:08 am

    Homemade cinnamin rolls! 🙂
    We had this as well for dinner last night! Delish!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - March 21, 2012 - 7:27 pm

    Great photo! I first saw that recipe on way back when it was Recipezaar. Still don’t know the origin, though. I haven’t made it in a while, but I remember it as being very good.ReplyCancel

  • KC - March 25, 2012 - 8:42 pm

    I made this and it was soooo good! Went to work and told the ladies how wonderful it was. They made it also and we agreed it was a favorite and we will make it many more times! Thank you Jonna!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Bires - April 4, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    What a delicious recipe. I added carrots and pineapple which gave it great flavor. Thanks for a delicious recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Lee - May 8, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    I made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious! Thank you for the fantastic recipe 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Taty - June 3, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    How did you make the sauce?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - June 4, 2012 - 7:47 pm

      Hi there Taty,

      The recipe is at the bottom of the post.
      Let me know if there is a problem with it showing.

  • Shiron - June 15, 2012 - 7:59 pm

    I made this tonight and it was really good! The sauce is different, not too sweet, not to soy sauc-y. I will definatley make it again, and will probably use the sauce as a marinade for salmon this weekend for father’s day dinner. Great easy recipe idea – thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Afrolems - August 24, 2012 - 2:38 pm

    I think I just fell in love all over again. Your blog is amazing. Would you mind writing a guest post for the Afrolems Blog? Please let me know through the email provided. Love love love itReplyCancel

  • Whitney Breck - May 22, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Wow! I stumbled upon your website and don’t remember how…
    After clicking through your recipes and seeing how easy they were to prepare, I just had to try some! I paired this bourbon chicken with your fried rice and my family LOVED it. I will definitely be preparing them again!ReplyCancel