Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker “Bourbon” Chicken

A recipe like this “bourbon” chicken is a great meal to include in a weekly meal plan that everyone will love, especially since it can be made using a slow cooker or a pressure cooker. You won’t be disappointed by the bourbon-inspired flavor of this dish.

These are both great kitchen tools to use on busy days. Slow cookers use an extended, low amount of heat to cook meals over a period of time, usually 4-10 hours. A pressure cooker uses steam heat and pressure to cook food faster inside the pot.

With a great goal to cook healthier, home-cooked meals, these two ways of cooking meals allow you to do this.

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  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken thighs, boneless and skinless OR chicken breasts
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. heart healthy oil of choice
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 Tbsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1-2 Tbsp. water

Easy "Bourbon" Chicken

Instructions – Pressure Cooker
1. Mix all ingredients except the cornstarch and water and place into inner pot.
2. Lock cover into place and seal steam nozzle.
3. Cook on the “Poultry” setting or manually set for 15 minutes. If you are using frozen chicken, add an additional 10 minutes.
4. Naturally release pressure for 5 minutes then quick release remaining pressure.
5. Remove chicken and dice to desired size.
6. Set Instant Pot setting to sauté.
7. In a bowl, combine cornstarch and water.
8. Add cornstarch mixture and chicken to pot and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until thickened.
9. Serve warm with favorite vegetable and whole grain carb, such as broccoli and quinoa. Enjoy!

Instructions – Slow Cooker
1. Spray slow cooker or use slow cooker bag.
2. Put chicken in single layer across the bottom of slow cooker.
3. Mix the rest of the ingredients, except the cornstarch and water.
4. Pour sauce over chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. Shred when fully cooked and serve hot. Enjoy!

Nutrition Info per Serving :
Nutrition Facts
Makes about 16 Servings
1 serving = ~1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139.0
Total Fat 3.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 24.4 mg
Sodium 341.9 mg
Potassium 54.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 20.1 g
Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
Sugars 18.5 g
Protein 9.0 g
Vitamin A 1.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 1.8 %
Vitamin C 1.8 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.3 %
Calcium 0.5 %
Copper 1.4 %
Folate 0.8 %
Iron 2.1 %
Magnesium 1.1 %
Manganese 3.4 %
Niacin 1.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.5 %
Phosphorus 1.3 %
Riboflavin 1.3 %
Selenium 0.5 %
Thiamin 0.7 %
Zinc 0.7 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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    1. Hi Susan, Thanks so much for your comment. Grace calls this a “bourbon” chicken to mimic the flavors in a more traditional bourbon chicken. The reason there is no bourbon in it is because the alcohol will not burn off in a slow cooker or pressure cooker. Let us know if you try to make it. Thanks, Susan.

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