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Delicious Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken Recipe

By Rachel
March 24, 2024

This delicious instant pot honey bourbon chicken recipe is perfect for a weeknight! Tender chicken in a thick honey bourbon sauce. This recipe couldn’t be any easier, simply add everything (even the cornstarch) to the instant pot, put the lid on, and let it pressure cook until done! The chicken gets so tender is starts to fall apart and the sauce thickens up nicely. Serve over rice or with steamed veggies.

bowl of instant pot bourbon chicken

Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Make this flavorful yet easy chicken recipe!

Highlights of this bourbon chicken recipe:

  • Easy dinner recipe
  • Make a great weekly meal prep or easy weeknight meal
  • Family favorite, serve over rice with veggies like carrots, bok choy, and snow peas for a filling meal
  • Budget friendly ingredients
  • Customizable, can substitute chicken thighs or rotisserie chicken
  • Great for picky eaters, the entire family will enjoy this recipe
  • Can be made without bourbon if desired
  • Sauce is easy and flavorful to make, leftover sauce will keep in the fridge!
  • Uses simple pantry ingredients
tender bourbon chicken over rice

This delicious meal is one of my favorite instant pot recipes – it’s a flavorful chicken dish with simple ingredients and minimal steps! Basically set it and forget it! Busy for a busy weeknight, serve over Jasmine rice or steamed brown rice.

Grocery Store list & Substitutions:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast, substitute boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken tenders, or leftover rotisserie chicken
  • Garlic cloves
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground ginger, could use fresh ginger
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Soy sauce, or substitute coconut aminos
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Apple juice
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Chicken stock
  • Any bourbon whiskey
  • Cornstarch
  • Steamed white rice, for serving
  • Sliced green onions, for garnish

Tools I used for this easy bourbon chicken recipe:

Quick Steps:

  • Combine all ingredients in the base of the instant pot
  • Stir to combine
  • Pressure cook until done

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Variations & Serving Ideas:

  • Use store-bought teriyaki sauce
  • Serve over a bed of rice topped with avocados, green onions, cilantro, limes, and more
  • Serve over lo mien noodles or with stir fried vegetables
  • Serve with steamed veggies
  • Serve sauce over grilled chicken
  • Mix in mushrooms and water chestnuts
  • Top with sesame seeds and sliced green onion
Delicious Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken Recipe

The cornstarch mixes in while the chicken cooks so there is no need to make a cornstarch slurry. This dish could also be made in the slow cooker/crock pot, just allow for more time!

What to serve bourbon chicken with?

Serve this easy instant pot recipe with Failproof Long Grain Rice in the Instant PotPerfect Brown Rice (without a rice cooker), or Perfect Steamed Rice (without a rice cooker). You could also serve over noodles or with stir fried veggies.

How long does chicken take to cook in the instant pot?

Depending on the size, chicken will be cooked in about 15-20 minutes. Always make sure chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees before consuming, use a meat thermometer if needed!

Delicious Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken Recipe

A dish perfect for the whole family, a savory sauce with the perfect amount of honey coats tender bites of chicken. Add sriracha sauce or chili paste for a kick of heat!

Instructions Delicious Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken Recipe:

  • Combine all ingredients in the base of the instant pot. Secure the lid onto the pressure cooker. Turn on, select “Pressure Cook” setting, set to “high pressure” for 18-20 minutes, and start.
  • Once the timer has expired allow the remaining pressure to release naturally. The chicken should be cooked through and the sauce thickened. If the sauce is too thick, thin with a little stock or water.
  • Serve over steamed rice and top with extra sauce. Leftover chicken will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Notes:

*Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. before serving. 

Delicious Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken Recipe
Delicious Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken Recipe

Delicious Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Tender chicken in a homemade honey bourbon sauce
Servings 2 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 6-8 oz. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed , or substitute chicken thighs
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 cup Chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Apple juice
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Bourbon, or substitute water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in the base of the instant pot. Secure the lid onto the pressure cooker. Turn on, select "Pressure Cook" setting, set to "high pressure" for 18-20 minutes, and start.
  • Once the timer has expired allow the pressure to release naturally. The chicken should be cooked through and the sauce thickened. If the sauce is too thick, thin with a little stock or water.
  • Serve over steamed rice and top with extra sauce. Leftover chicken will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Notes

*Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 25gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 1757mgPotassium: 457mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 4mg
Author: The Hearty Life
Calories: 260kcal
Cost: $
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Keyword: Bourbon chicken, Chicken, instant pot recipes, One Pot Recipe, Rice Bowls, Weeknight Dinner

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Delicious Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken Recipe

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