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Food Court Chicken is bourbon chicken without the booze.

Not So Boozy Bourbon Chicken

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Dinner


We call this “Food Court Chicken”! It’s just like the chicken they hand you when you walk through the food court on a toothpick!  Sticky, sweet, and delicious!


  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1– inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Optional – sliced green onions or chives to garnish


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, apple juice, water, vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and black pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium- high heat.
  3. Add the chicken to the skillet, stirring occasionally until browned and cooked through, 7-8 minutes.
  4. Add in the soy sauce mixture, and stir to combine.
  5. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by about half.
  6. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of cold water until smooth.
  7. Add this into the chicken and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute, as the mixture will thicken quickly.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and serve over rice. Top with green onions if desired.


Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 404
  • Sugar: 20.3 g
  • Sodium: 780.6 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.5 g
  • Protein: 46.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 213.1 mg
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