Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken is the best way to enjoy two of life’s great things – Bourbon and Chicken! The Bourbon makes this dish deliciously sweet and tasty.

Serves     6
Difficulty     Easy
Prep Time     15 minutes
Cooking Time     about 6 hours on low



  • 1kg chicken thighs, excess fat removed
  • 3 tbsp corn flour
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 75ml apple juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 60ml tomato ketchup
  • 3 tbsp cider vingear
  • 60ml water
  • 60ml bourbon
  • 60ml light soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Rice to serve



  1. Start by putting the chicken thighs into the slow cooker. Next – we need to make the sauce.
  2. Mix together the ginger, 4 cloves of crushed garlic, chilli, apple juice, honey, ketchup, cider vinegar, water, bourbon and soy sauce. Add a pinch of salt and a good crack of pepper to season. Pour over the chicken and cook on low for 6-8 hours on low.
  3. Remove the chicken and chop into bite sized pieces, then strain the liquid from the slow cooker straight into a saucepan over a medium heat. Combine 3 tablespoons of water with 3 tablespoons of cornflour to make a paste, then add to the sauce with a clove of crushed garlic.
  4. We’ll level with you – this is a sweet recipe, so check the sweetness of the sauce now. If you want it sweeter, add brown sugar until you’re happy with it. Bring to the sauce boil, then simmer and stir until thickened. Use the slow cooker dish to combine the thickened sauce and chicken pieces, give it a good stir, and serve over rice.


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