Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken

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Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken cooked in a rich bourbon ginger sauce, served over rice, as well as shown in a slow cooker

Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken is easy and delicious! Tender juicy chicken is cooked in a rich bourbon ginger sauce for a delicious meal. The whole family will love. Serve it over rice, with a side of steamed broccoli, or inside some dinner rolls for a delicious bourbon chicken sandwich!

This Crock Pot bourbon chicken recipe takes all the work out of making dinner, making it perfect for busy weeknights. We love coming home to fall-apart, flavorful and tender chicken. It’s great just about any way you serve it!

Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken in the slow cooker

Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon chicken received its name because it was created by a Chinese cook who worked in a restaurant on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Regardless of the name or how it came to be, this dish is absolutely delicious! This recipe creates a sweet and tender chicken that is perfect served over rice and it’s easy to make at home in the slow cooker!

The bourbon chicken sauce takes just a few minutes of prep the marinade and then it simmers in the slow cooker all day!  The result is insanely tender chicken with a sweet Asian inspired sauce and lots of flavor.

Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken on a plate

How To Make Bourbon Chicken

To make this Crock Pot bourbon chicken:

  1. Combine sauce ingredients together and pour over chicken thighs.
  2. Turn the Slow Cooker to HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.
  3. Shred the chicken and create a cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce.

A few notes about this recipe…  this dish is sweet as Bourbon chicken is a sweet dish (similar to sweet and sour).  Do not use light soy sauce, the results and flavor are not the same.  Chicken thighs are best in this recipe as they won’t dry out like slow cooked chicken breasts sometimes do!

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Review Recipe

Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken is easy and delicious! Tender juicy chicken is cooked in a rich bourbon ginger sauce for a delicious meal. We love this Crock Pot meal served over rice with a side of steamed broccoli.


  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions (or more to taste)


  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • cup apple juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup Bourbon
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste

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  • Mix all sauce 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 chop into bite sized pieces and cover to keep warm.
  • 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 (about 10 minutes). Stir chicken back into the sauce and add in green onions.
  • Serve over rice.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is best made with regular (not light) soy sauce.
The sauce can also be thickened on the stove top. Create the slurry as above and whisk over medium heat until thickened. Return to slow cooker with chicken and stir in green onions.
Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 6g, Calories: 388, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 45g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 215mg, Sodium: 840mg, Potassium: 653mg, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 195IU, Vitamin C: 1.8mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 2.3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
A plate full of Crock Pot bourbon chicken over rice garnished with green onions.
A Crock Pot full of bourbon chicken topped with green onions.
A plate full of Crock Pot bourbon chicken over rice with fresh green onions and a Crock Pot filled with Bourbon Chicken garnished with green onions.
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  1. I can already tell this is an excellent recipe. I’m going to try subbing the honey with 100% Maple Syrup (that’s how we do in the great white north!). Very excited to see how it turns out!5 stars

    1. Hi Christine, We do not have a keto version of this recipe but would love to hear your substitutions and how they turn out!

  2. Could never get the sauce to thicken. There are better bourbon chicken recipes out there. Won’t try this one again.2 stars

    1. Oh no, I am sorry to hear that Ashley. You can always try adding a little flour to the sauce to help it thicken.

  3. I made this for the first time. I didn’t add the brown sugar as one of my guests doesn’t like sweet flavors. I also used chicken breasts. All my guests wanted the recipe, and wanted my leftovers. ( I made extra so I could have leftovers ). One of them said she wants me to make this every time she comes over. Great recipe. Thank you.5 stars

  4. I have never rated a recipe before…. but I have to say that this recipe is awesome…made it today for dinner and it is a big hit.. a keeper, is what we say in our family…. ! I added some julienned carrots and broccoli at the end, instead of on the side…. but the sauce is what made the dish… could be used in a lot of different dishes… Thank you…! The only other comment I can make is that the slurry didn’t thicken in the crock pot… so I had to transfer the sauce to a pot to thicken….5 stars