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Bourbon Chicken, the 30 Minute Meal

This is a quick and tasty meal I use when I know only a 30 minute meal will cut it. It’s fairly simple and quick to make with things you have around the house.  I like this meal for a quick meal after work when I need to get something on the table before my boy screams at me for not having food at his highchair.

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts; cut into bite-size pieces *
  • 1 tbsp real butter (you can use olive oil, but my lovely doesn’t like it)
  • 2 garlic cloves; crushed
  • 1/3 teaspoon fresh shaved/grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp ketchup  (I am not a fan of ketchup on anything, but used this to save time.  You could use tomato puree if you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water *
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch; (if thick sauce desired, add it)


Cooking the chicken

Melt butter or heat oil in a large skillet.

Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned.

Remove chicken.

Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well blended and dissolved.

Add chicken and bring to a hard boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes uncovered.

Serve over hot rice.


 * A couple of notes here. You can use up to 3lbs and water with this if you would rather spread out the flavor a little.  So keep this in mind.  No water and less meat = intense favor.  More meat and more water= less intense.  I tend to buy chicken in strange amounts like 2.22 lbs or 2.72 lbs, so I just adjust as needed)


 Prepared recipe

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