Honey Bourbon Chicken

honey bourbon chicken

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This Honey Bourbon Chicken Marinade is packed with flavor! Let it sit overnight, then turn the marinade into a sauce while you cook the chicken. 


  • 1/3 cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup bourbon (i used Jack Daniels)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger (grated, or use a paste like Garden Gourmet)
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1.5 pounds chicken
  • 3 cups diced mixed vegetables – i used carrots, broccoli and bell peppers.


  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces (for stovetop version).
  2. Place chicken in a large ziploc bag.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, except cornstarch, and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 4 hours, up to 24 hours.
  4. Pour marinade into a small sauce pan.
  5. Add chicken to a large skillet along with mixed vegetables over medium heat.
  6. While the chicken is cooking, add 1 Tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 Tbsp water to the marinade. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Pour thickened sauce over chicken and vegetables and stir to combine.
  8. Serve over rice!


Before adding the sauce to the chicken, taste and adjust as needed. You can add a little extra honey or some hot sauce if desired.

To make this in the crockpot, leave the chicken breasts whole. Marinate, then transfer everything to the crockpot. Cook on low for 6 hours. Remove the chicken to shred and mix in the cornstarch + water. Add chicken back to the pot and let it simmer on warm for 15-30 minutes.