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instant pot bourbon chicken

Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken

Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken is rich and tasty Cajun-inspired dish that combines bourbon with soy sauce and ketchup to make tender pieces of chicken in a sweet and savory sauce.

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

4.78 from 48 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Pressurize Time 10 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 538 kcal



  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast or thigh diced
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups cooked rice


  • Add the chicken and all ingredients through the black pepper to the pot. Stir. Lock the lid and set the valve to sealing. Press pressure cook and set the time to 3 minutes. When the cook time is up, allow a 5 minute natural pressure release, then manually release remaining pressure.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot, leaving behind the sauce. Press the Saute mode on the Instant Pot and bring the sauce to a boil.
  • Mix the cornstarch and water in a bowl. Pour it into the pot. Stir well and boil until the sauce thickens, about 3-5 minutes. Add the chicken back to the pot and stir to coat the pieces.
  • Serve over rice.


  • This makes quite a bit of sauce, but it can be doubled if you want more.
  • You can add any whiskey you like. It doesn't have to be Bourbon.
  • For a lower carb version, use brown sugar substitute, no sugar added ketchup, and serve over cauliflower rice.


Calories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 52gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1511mgPotassium: 998mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 146IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Rice
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