Pressure Cooker Bourbon Chicken is easy on the wallet and can be on your table in less than 30 minutes.
You know how you walk through the food court and you are bombarded with employees handing you a toothpick with a piece of Bourbon Chicken? Now you can make it quickly and easily, right in your own Pressure Cooker!
You won’t need to stand over a hot stove or hot oil. Using a pressure cooker is so easy and your chicken will be so flavorful.
Well, now you can have it on the table in under 30 minutes. Bourbon Chicken isn’t actually made with Bourbon, but that doesn’t stop me from adding a bit. 🙂
Chicken thighs work best as they are so much more forgiving than white meat chicken. If you must use white meat chicken, just lessen the cook time by three minutes.
Turn this Pressure Cooker Bourbon Chicken recipe into a one pot meal!
Cut up the chicken into 3 inch pieces. They will shrink during cooking and will end up being bite size!
Place the chicken pieces into a Medium Mixing Bowl and pour in the marinade over the chicken.
This really is an optional step. I feel chicken tastes better after being marinated. If you are in a hurry, just skip this part. Place the Bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Make sure to always heat your Pressure Cooker until very hot and then add in your oil. Adding the fat after a stainless steel pot is hot makes the stainless steel pot non stick!
I like to use both Peanut Oil/Olive Oil and Pure Sesame Oil to brown.
Lightly and quickly brown the chicken on both sides and remove to a plate, if more room in the pot is needed. When all the chicken has been browned, whisk in the marinade to deglaze the pot.
Add any chicken (along with any juice) you may have removed back into the pot and you are ready to cook.
Lock on the lid and you are ready to cook.
If a thicker sauce is desired, remove a little liquid from the pot and add in a bit of Potato Starch to make a slurry. Whisk the potato starch into the liquid and then pour into the Pressure Cooker cooking pot.
Drizzle in a little Toasted Sesame Oil and serve.
Kitchen Equipment and Esssentials
- Instant Pot Smart DUO60
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk – a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- Rachael Ray Stoneware EVOO Oil Dispensing Bottle
- John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Groove
- 3.5 Quart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
- Kadoya Pure Sesame Oil
- La Tourangelle Toasted Sesame Oil
- Potato Starch
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
- 2 pounds Boneless Chicken Thighs (cut into 2 inch pieces)
- 2 Tablespoons Peanut Oil (or other oil)
- 2 cloves Fresh Garlic crushed
- 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger Root minced
- 3/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 cup Apple Juice
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Heinz Ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Fresh Water
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce, Low Sodium
- 2 Tablespoons Potato Starch , if needed
- 1/4 cup Bourbon (optional)
- 3 Scallions , cut one inch long, on the diagonal
- 1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
In a bowl, add ginger, garlic red pepper flakes, apple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, water, soy sauce and chicken and allow to marinate for 30 minutes.
- Turn the Pressure Cooker to Sauté or Browning and allow to heat.
- Add oil to the Pressure Cooker cooking pot and brown the chicken pieces in batches, removing each batch to a plate. Continue until all the chicken has been browned.
- Pour the reserved marinade into the cooking pot and deglaze the pot by removing all the brown bits from the bottom.
- Return all the chicken to the Pressure Cooker cooking pot.
- If making this a One Pot Meal, add the Prepared PIP Rice now.
Lock on lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook at High Pressure for 7 minutes.
- When Beep is heard, allow a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release.
- If you would like a thicker sauce, remove a little liquid from the cooking pot and add a teaspoon of potato starch and whisk until combined. Pour that back into the cooking pot, add bourbon (if using) and scallions.
- Select the Sauté or Browning button and simmer until desired thickness is achieved.
- Drizzle Toasted Sesame Oil (if using) into pot, mix and serve.
Bourbon Chicken doesn't really have Bourbon in it, but I like to add it, just to be devilish.
If using white meat chicken, reduce cook time by two minutes.