The history of bourbon chicken is shrouded in mystery. Some claim it comes from Kentucky, home to most of the bourbon distilleries in the United States. Others say it’s named for Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Was it created by a Chinese chef in New Orleans as a localized version of drunken chicken, which uses rice wine? Does it even contain bourbon?
While some of these questions will never be answered, we can tell you if it actually contains bourbon. The answer is “Sometimes!” This version includes a small amount of bourbon, but it’s entirely optional.
The other thing we are sure about is that this dish, which features four of the five flavor groups, will be a hit with your family. It’s easy to put together on a weeknight and can be served with rice, couscous or spiralized zucchini noodles.