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Gluten Free Dairy Free Honey Bourbon Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Just in case you are a little leery about making a dish with the word “bourbon” in it for your family, not to worry!  According to Laura of Real Mom Kitchen where this recipe came from, the recipe is named for Bourbon Street in New Orleans, so there is no bourbon whisky in the dish.  :)  Gluten Free Dairy Free Honey Bourbon Chicken is a snap to pull together and, because it cooks in the slow cooker, is an easy meal to serve your family.  I show it over rice, but the sweet and savory flavors of the chicken would pair equally well with quinoa, mashed sweet potatoes or cauliflower puree.  Yum!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Honey Bourbon Chicken


adapted from Laura @ RealMomKitchen.com


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup gluten free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup gluten free ketchup
  • 1 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of water


Put all ingredients into slow cooker and mix. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Remove chicken from slow cooker and cut into strips. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water and add to crock pot with the chicken.  Stir. Cook on high for 10 to 20 minutes.

Freezing Directions:

Put all ingredients into a gallon sized freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible, seal, label and freeze.

To serve:  Thaw.  Cook in slow cooker as directed above.

Servings:  4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

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31 Responses to “Gluten Free Dairy Free Honey Bourbon Chicken in the Slow Cooker”

  1. lej says:

    Looks great and was so excited to pass along the recipe to my good friend but both our little daughters have soy allergies…any idea for subsisting the soy…maybe tomato sauce or …?

  2. lej says:

    Thanks Kelly…its worth giving it a try!

  3. Alicis says:

    Does it make a difference in cooking with crock pot size? I made this today and it just didn’t turn out like I’d hoped. The sauce didn’t thicken very well. I may try this again in a smaller c.p.

    • Kelly says:

      Sometimes it can have a factor depending on how big the crock pot is. Mine is fairly large so I always add a little extra moisture whether it be sauce or broth.

    • angela says:

      Hi, Alicis! The original recipe didn’t specify crock pot size, however, I usually use different size crocks based on the number of servings made. I usually try to shoot for a slow cooker to be 2/3rds to 3/4ths full to ensure the recipe cooks as specified. I hope that helps!

  4. Liz says:

    I made this today and my family loved it. I added a bag of frozen broccoli near the end of cooking for color and added nutrition. Everyone asked for seconds, even my picky toddler! This will definitely become part of our regular rotation!

  5. Margo says:

    Made this yesterday – it was awesome. Everyone liked it. I paired it with pineapple and some chopped green onion. Very tasty. It is a “do again”!! Thanks!

  6. Pam says:

    If not freezing the recipe, is cooking it on low 3-4 hours plus the 10-20 min enough? Or dhould it be for 6-8 hours cooked on low

    Please clarify.

  7. Stacy says:

    I made this a couple weeks ago and it was really good!! I used chili pepper flakes to give it a little more spice and added broccoli the last 10 minutes. Served over rice. My husband and I loved it! Thank you for the great gfree recipe. =)

  8. stacie says:

    I was wondering if the is a subitutions for the pepper flakes there is an allergy to them in my family. thank you for your help and time

  9. Sherry says:

    If I want to cook this on the stove top, or in a dutch oven (in the oven), what would the temperature / cooking times be? I don’t like using the crock pot much.

    • Mary says:

      Hi, I’ve found for 3-4 hrs on low in the slow cooker the conversion comes out to 45min-1hr on 325 degrees for a dutch oven. Some recipes need a little more liquid but that varies as well. Hope that helps.


  10. Kristi says:

    Is the cornstarch necessary? If it’s just needed as a thickening agent, then I’ll substitute almond flour for it. I was just wondering if this is something I could leave out all together.

  11. Schenelle says:

    Great recipe. I am new to freezer cooking and want to try this one. My question is, can I use Chicken Breast instead of thighs? IF so, how would the cooking time differ?

    • Lisa says:

      Schenelle – Welcome! In the slow cooker, the cooking time shouldn’t change if you sub chicken breasts for the chicken thighs! Let us know how it turns out!

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  13. Karen says:

    Shouldn’t the cornstarch be listed in the ingredients? Disappointed that I shopped from the list of ingredients only to find I didn’t have them all since corn starch isn’t listed, only included in the directions!

    • Yolanda Albers says:


      Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention! I apologize for the inconvenience it caused. I have fixed it in the system. Have a great day!

  14. Kelly says:

    I made this last night with about 1.25 pounds of boneless skinless thighs. Cooked it on low for 6 hours. When I got home I found that the chicken was significantly over cooked and the sauce tasted overlooked as well. Maybe it’s just my crockpot. I will have to try again and reduce the cooking time by at least an hour.

    • debbie says:

      Sorry to hear that, Kelly! We haven’t received this feedback from anyone else. You may need to check your crock pot to make sure it’s cooking at the right temperature. And yes, reduce the time for future attempts and see if that helps!

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