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A sweet, tangy, flavorful glaze coats this Dump-and-Bake Bourbon Chicken for a deliciously easy weeknight dinner! Just stir everything together and bake it in the oven — your meal will be ready in about 30 minutes!

Overhead shot of baked bourbon chicken on a blue plate with rice and green onions

Let’s take a stroll through New Orleans and settle into a simple dish that will make your tastebuds sing!

The perfect blend of Cajun-and-Asian cuisine, this Bourbon Chicken is like a party in your mouth. Hello, Mardi Gras!

Where Does Bourbon Chicken Come From?

If you haven’t enjoyed Bourbon Chicken before, then let me fill you in. The dish is named for Bourbon Street in New Orleans, as well as for the bourbon whiskey that’s used as an ingredient in the sauce and marinade.

Classic Bourbon Chicken often includes soy sauce and ginger, for a bit of Asian-fusion flare. It’s a lot like the Chinese restaurant favorite — General Tso’s Chicken.

This means that the meat is delicious when garnished with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions, and served with rice and broccoli.

If you want to put more of a Southern emphasis on your meal, try the Bourbon Chicken with a side of my Southern Green Beans. Grits, biscuits, or dinner rolls round out the supper perfectly.

Front shot of sliced bourbon chicken breasts on a blue plate served with rice

How to Make Bourbon Chicken

  1. In a bowl, whisk together maple syrup, brown sugar, mustard, bourbon, soy sauce, onion, ginger, garlic powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  2. Place chicken in a medium baking dish (about 11-inch by 7-inch, or any size that comfortably holds your chicken) that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with a little bit of salt and pepper, to taste.
    Pour sauce over chicken and toss to make sure that each piece of chicken is well coated.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F. Be sure to spoon plenty of the delicious pan sauce over the chicken before serving and garnish with sliced green onion and toasted sesame seeds!

Overhead shot of bourbon chicken in a baking dish garnished with sliced green onions

Bourbon Substitutes

If you’re making this for small children or would rather not use bourbon you could use cloudy apple cider or grape juice to replace it.

That sweet-and-savory bourbon-spiked glaze is really what sets this meal apart! The Dump-and-Bake Bourbon Chicken is an easy twist on the same old, boring chicken breasts. Cheers!

Other easy baked chicken recipes that you might enjoy:

Overhead shot of baked bourbon chicken on a blue plate with rice and green onions

Dump-and-Bake Bourbon Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 386 kcal
A sweet, tangy, flavorful glaze coats this Dump-and-Bake Bourbon Chicken for a deliciously easy weeknight dinner! 

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ - 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts*
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • For garnish: sliced green onion; toasted sesame seeds
  • For serving: cooked rice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, whisk together maple syrup, brown sugar, mustard, bourbon, soy sauce, onion, ginger, garlic powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • Place chicken in a medium baking dish (about 11-inch by 7-inch, or any size that comfortably holds your chicken) that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle chicken with a little bit of salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and toss to make sure that each piece of chicken is well coated.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F. Be sure to spoon plenty of the delicious pan sauce over the chicken before serving and garnish with sliced green onion and toasted sesame seeds!

Notes

*I used 5 very small chicken breasts that totaled 1 ½ lbs. The 5-ounce chicken breasts were cooked through in 30 minutes.  If you use much thicker, larger chicken breasts, you will need to increase the cooking time to about 45-50 minutes.
Nutrition information includes all of the sauce in the pan. If you serve less sauce on the plates, the nutrition facts will vary greatly (with less sugar and less carbs).
Cooking just for Two? Cut all of the ingredients in half and bake in a small dish.  Cooking instructions remain the same.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of the recipeCalories: 386kcalCarbohydrates: 36.5gProtein: 39.5gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.6gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 1269mgSugar: 31g
Keyword: Baked Bourbon Chicken, Bourbon Chicken
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Author: Blair Lonergan
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Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Mmm now this is a chicken dish that I think I would love! That sauce looks so good, Blair! I love bourbon flavors, so this easy meal sounds like a winner. Gorgeous photos, too!

  2. Love quick and easy recipes like this – we haven’t had flavors like this in my family much, so it’d be a good way to change it up!

  3. Blair bear – so now that we’re living with my parents while we’re between houses, my mom and dad are getting even more of your delicious recipes. We did this one last week- the boys loved it (even Ryan, who’s the pickier eater)- and my mom has added it to the list of recipes I have to send her (along with the Low country boil sheet pan supper we had on Monday!) Thanks for the delicious and easy meals!! Xo

    1. Em! Thank you so much for your note! It totally made my day, and it brings me so much joy to think about your family (your little boys AND your parents) enjoying the meals. You’re the best!

  4. this was really good…i used honey mustard cuz that’s all i had and i didn’t add the bourbon cuz i didn’t have that either…used low sodium soy sauce…we served it with jasmine rice…will def make again

  5. 5 stars
    Tried this last night… it was a nice dish that had a really good flavor! And it’s easy to make and is going into my “Keeper’ file. Thanks!! 🙂