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Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken Recipe

From start to finish, this easy Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken Recipe is ready in under 30 minutes! Packed with flavor, it’s faster than going to the mall to pick up a plate of this dish!

From start to finish, this easy Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken Recipe is ready in under 30 minutes! Packed with flavor, it's faster than going to the mall to pick up a plate of this dish! #chickendinner #chicken #instantpot #pressurecooker #weeknightmeal
From start to finish, this easy Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken Recipe is ready in under 30 minutes! Packed with flavor, it's faster than going to the mall to pick up a plate of this dish! #chickendinner #chicken #instantpot #pressurecooker #weeknightmeal
From start to finish, this easy Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken Recipe is ready in under 30 minutes! Packed with flavor, it's faster than going to the mall to pick up a plate of this dish! #chickendinner #chicken #instantpot #pressurecooker #weeknightmeal

Serving Suggestions

We love serving jasmine rice with this bourbon chicken recipe. I suggest you start the rice FIRST, and while the rice is cooking you can prepare the bourbon chicken.

You can also choose instant rice if you want it quicker!

My kids are big fans of mashed potatoes. They can eat them with anything. So these Baked Mashed Potatoes are always on our menu, as the girls like to put their chicken and glaze over their potatoes.

From start to finish, this easy Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken Recipe is ready in under 30 minutes! Packed with flavor, it's faster than going to the mall to pick up a plate of this dish! #chickendinner #chicken #instantpot #pressurecooker #weeknightmeal
From start to finish, this easy Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken Recipe is ready in under 30 minutes! Packed with flavor, it's faster than going to the mall to pick up a plate of this dish! #chickendinner #chicken #instantpot #pressurecooker #weeknightmeal

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

From start to finish, this easy Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken Recipe is ready in under 30 minutes! Packed with flavor, it's faster than going to the mall to pick up a plate of this dish!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breasts)
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 3 green onions, sliced

Instructions

  1. In the bottom of your instant pot, start adding your ingredients. Apple juice, broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, honey, crushed red pepper flakes, fresh garlic, and ginger. Use a whisk and mix it really good. Place your fresh or frozen chicken into the instant pot, making sure if's coated in the bourbon mixture.
  2. Secure the lid to your pressure cooker, and turn the release valve on top to sealing. Turn on the Instant Pot and press manual (or pressure cook) on high. Set the timer for 12 minutes (or 18 minutes if using frozen chicken). 
  3. Allow the pressure to build and cook. While it's cooking, mix your cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.
  4. Once the chicken is done cooking, allow it to naturally release for 5 minutes. Then do a quick release.
  5. Remove your chicken from the instant pot and place it on a cutting board. Dice into bite sized pieces.
  6. Turn your pressure cooker to saute and slowly add in the cornstarch mixture. Using your whisk, mix continuously until thickened. This takes about two minutes! Turn pressure cooker off and return chicken to the sauce. Top with green onions and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 185mgSodium: 1027mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 38g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on January 29, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. It looked good but tasted nothing like mall bourbon chicken I was hoping for. A little too strong on bourbon flavor too.

  2. If we have a sugar restricted diet to work around, could we reduce or do away with the brown sugar? Or would that change the flavor too much?

  3. My kids a also would be able to taste the alcohol, so all I did was to double the juice & omit the alcohol. It is fabulous!

  4. This recipe seems easy and sounds delicious.
    Can this recipe be modified for a crockpot or stove top?
    If so, can you adise me?

  5. I add a bit more of each ingredient, additional seasons and salt and pepper too and it’s important to use Evan William’sor whatever brand honey bourbon and abt 3lbs of chicken already chunked up, mix it altogether and cook it in the instant pot for 15 mins. Added the slurry with some more apple juice or broth or water whatever available. And saute till sauce thickens slightly, bc it will continue to thicken as it cools. So turn off and remove from the “outer pot”. I make a chicken flavored rice and veggie blend in the instant pot before cooking the chicken and keep it warm in a container stored in the microwave until the chicken is done to serve over it. My 3 and 13 yr old girls devour it! And dinner nights are rough, I make this abt once a week bc it pleases all!

  6. This is close to a recipe I’ve used multiple times, just don’t add bourbon, the recipe is named after bourbon st not actually having bourbon in it. I also skip the corn starch but that’s personal preference.

  7. Looks delicious! I’ve just recently started using an instant pot and love it. If you double chicken amount does it change amount of time needed?

  8. Made this last night! I usually follow recipes to the T the first time…. But one of my kids finished off the apple juice while I was at work!! So. I subbed in the same amount of orange juice. I doubled the sauce because I had 5 breasts to cook. I cut the breasts into tender-size. I used Scotch, because I knew my husband wouldn’t care if he was missing a cup of that particular brand, and when I mixed the slurry at the end, I only used 3tbsp of water, but used 6 tbsp of the corn starch….. I will absolutely make this again! The flavor in the chicken was great (cutting into the smaller pieces helps with this, I think). My youngest did not like the flavor the alcohol left (he is 10-I may try halving the Scotch and adding some broth instead next time). The rest of us enjoyed it! 4/5 ain’t bad!

    1. Love this recipe!! Something my 13yr old loves so much he asks for seconds. I add broccoli instead of the green onions for some added veggie.

      1. Absolutely delicious. I used Coconut Aminos (in replace of Soy Sauce), and used Woodford Reserve Bourbon.
        ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  9. This was very good, lots of wonderful flavors, could not stop eating ! The only negative is that it has so much sugar almost more of a dessert than dinner.

  10. This dish was not loved by my family. The taste of the bourbon was way too strong. Next time I make this I will just cut the bourbon down a bit. Otherwise, everything came out amazing.

  11. This is my favorite Instant Pot recipe so far. The smell of the ginger when I did the release was amazing! The dog keeps staring at me, but I’m not sharing

  12. I used the apple juice in place of bourbon.  
    This is a great recipe—so easy—and it is now one of my favorites. 
    I had this with brown rice.

  13. Delicious!  I cut my meat up, seasoned it and sautéed the meat first.  You certainly, can taste the bourbon.  Wow.  Will make again.  Thank you!

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