Chinese Bourbon Chicken With Soy Sauce and Ginger

  • PrepTime: 15 Mins
  • CookTime: 45 Mins
  • TotalTime: 60 Mins


  1. 1 1/2 pounds chicken thigh meat
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  4. 2 tablespoons red rice vinegar or red wine vinegar
  5. 2 tablespoons good bourbon whiskey
  6. 2 tablespoons brown sugar, or to taste (up to 4 tablespoons if desired)
  7. 1 green onion (scallion, spring onion, washed and cut into thirds)
  8. 2 slices ginger
  9. 2 cloves garlic (crushed)


  1. Place the chicken thighs in a shallow 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Turn the thighs occasionally to make sure they are entirely coated in the marinade.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F / 177 C / Gas 4. Bake the chicken, uncovered, with the marinade, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, basting occasionally, until the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced in the thickest part of the thigh, or a meat thermometer reads at least 170 F / 77 C in the same part of the thigh. Serve hot.


  1. Instead of thighs, you can use breast meat and make these into skewers that you grill. 
  2. Not a fan of ginger? Feel free to switch up some of the ingredients. Try using brown sugar and garlic powder instead of fresh garlic and ginger.