Honey Bourbon Crock Pot Chicken

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Let me first disclose, that even though today’s recipe is called honey bourbon crock pot chicken, there is no bourbon in the recipe.  I have made another version of bourbon chicken before. So, I decided to do a little digging into how the recipe actually came about.

Apparently, the original recipe is usually made with bourbon whiskey.   However, it also was a popular dish originating on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Hence that is where the name originated, but there is no bourbon in this version of the dish.

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The crock pot makes it a cinch to put this dish together.  You end up with deliciously tender chicken coated in a deliciously sweet and thick sauce.  Just serve this honey bourbon crock pot chicken over cooked rice and you are all set.

FYI, for you locals – I will be appearing on Studio 5 show tomorrow morning at 11 am.  I will be sharing a recipe that is exclusive to my cookbook.  The theme for the show this month is “Easy Like Sunday Morning” and I was asked to share a recipe that is so easy that I have it memorized.  It should be fun!

Honey Bourbon Crock Pot Chicken over rice
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Honey Bourbon Crock Pot Chicken

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  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 cup of honey
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • hot rice
  • sesame seeds optional


  • Salt and pepper chicken and place in your slow cooker.
  • Place onion on top of chicken.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Pour mixture over the chicken in the crockpot.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours
  • Remove chicken from crock pot and slice into strips.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp cornstarch with 1 Tbsp water. Pour into sauce remaining in the crock pot and stir to combine. If sauce is not thick enough repeat with another Tbsp of the cornstarch/water.
  • Place the chicken back in the sauce and stir around to recoat the chicken in the sauce.
  • Serve over cooked rice and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top (optional).
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Recipe adapted from Table for Two.

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  1. This recipe sounds delicious and I would love to make it for a family gathering! Can this recipe be tripled? Would I really add 3 cups of honey if I do? Would the cooking time be altered? Thanks!

    1. Yes, it can be trippled and I don’t think it would alter the cook time by much. Plan on an extra hour to be safe. You would use 3 cups of honey if you want the full flavor. However, if you tripple it, you could probably get by with 2 cups. I just might not be as sweet or thick.

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  4. My husband really liked this version of bourbon chicken. It was so tender that my 7 and 5 year old ate all their chicken and this hardly ever happens. I added a can of Bush’s baked bourbon beans and took out the red pepper flakes for my family but I loaded on the red pepper for my plate! Great recipe.

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