This Slow Cooker Bourbon Plum Chicken is a flavorful mash up of Chinese plum chicken and popular bourbon chicken. Tender, slow cooked chicken coated in a sticky, sweet and sour bourbon plum sauce, this dish is incredibly delicious, yet ridiculously easy to prepare and sure to be a crowd pleaser!
For Serving Options: Rice, Quinoa, Asian Noodles, Roasted Red Peppers, Broccoli
Make the sauce: In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the garlic through the soy sauce.
To Cook: Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and place them in the slow cooker. Pour the sauce mixture over top of the chicken. Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 3 ½ - 4 ½ hours or HIGH for 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours, stirring halfway through. (The chicken will continue to cook in the next step)
In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch with the water. Carefully add the cornstarch mixture (slurry) to the slow cooker and stir well to combine.
Cover and cook on HIGH for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened.
Serve with optional garnishes. Enjoy!
While the recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, you can absolutely substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer dark meat!
If you want to take the lazy prep route, you can skip cutting the chicken into 1’’ cubes and instead place the entire chicken breast (or thigh) in the slow cooker. Just increase the cooking time by 30 minutes – 1 hour in step #2 before adding the cornstarch and water mixture (step 3), use two forks to shred the chicken (you can do this right in the slow cooker, or you can remove the chicken to a cutting board and add the chicken back to the slow cooker). Then, add the cornstarch mixture and proceed with the recipe as instructed.
You can easily double the sauce in the recipe if you like your chicken super saucy.
All slow cookers vary. If your slow cooker runs on the hot side, be sure to check your chicken earlier, as it may cook faster than the times suggested in the recipe. The opposite goes for your slow cooker if it runs on the cool side, as your chicken may take longer to cook. If you aren’t sure of your slow cookers abilities, be sure to use an instant read thermometer. Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.