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Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken
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Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken

Make this sweet and spicy Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken in your pressure cooker for a quick weeknight meal. Pair with brown rice and a side salad for an easy, filling dinner. Stove top method included.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: bourbon, chicken, Instant Pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 405kcal


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cut into chunks
  • ½ yellow onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water


Instant Pot Method

  • Using the sauté function on your pressure cooker, sauté the onions for about 2 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Add the ginger and garlic and saute about 30 seconds.
  • Add the bourbon to the pan and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken, soy sauce, brown sugar, water, apple cider vinegar, and red pepper flakes.
  • Close lid, set to seal and pressure cook on high for 8 minutes. Release pressure immediately.
  • turn pressure cooker to saute again and, add the cornstarch slurry to. Cook a few minutes to thicken. (The sauce doesn't get as thick as the stovetop method.) Serve hot.

Stove Top Method

  • Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add oil and the onion and cooker for about 3 minutes, or until starting to soften and brown.
  • Add the garlic and ginger. Cook for about 30 seconds. Add the bourbon and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chicken, soy sauce, brown sugar, water, apple cider vinegar, and the red pepper flakes.
  • Cook 6-7 minutes, or until the chicken is done.
  • Add the cornstarch slurry and cook for 4 more minutes, until the sauce has thickened up.
  • Serve hot.


  1. I use Four Roses Bourbon for this recipe.
  2. I think chicken thighs would be great in this recipe also.
  3. I use the 6 qt Instant Pot Ultra. {affiliate link}
*Nutritional information is an estimate and intended for informational purposes only, and not to be used as medical or dietary advice. Estimate is per serving.


Calories: 405kcal