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Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken – Traditional Version

Try this Instant Pot version of our simple Honey Bourbon Chicken for a quick and easy family dinner. These seductively saucy morsels of juicy chicken are perfectly complimented by a simple side of rice or broccoli and sure to become a fast favorite.
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Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken – Traditional Version

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Make It Now Cooking Directions

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. **Due to the nature of pressure cooking there is always room for inconsistency. The times given here are based on 4 servings fresh. If you are using more servings you may need to increase your cooking time.**
  2. *** Though it doesn't seem likely that this recipe will work for liquid issues--we assure you this recipe has been tested multiple times in the Instant Pot with great success.** Place all ingredients except for cornstarch and water into inner pot.
  3. Lock cover into place and seal steam nozzle.
  4. Cook on the chicken setting or manually set for 15 minutes. If you are using frozen chicken, add an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Naturally release pressure for 5 minutes then quick release remaining pressure.
  6. Remove chicken and dice.
  7. Set Instant Pot setting to saute.
  8. In a bowl, combine cornstarch and water.
  9. Add cornstarch mixture and chicken to pot and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until thickened.

Freeze For Later Cooking Directions

These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. Combine all ingredients except for cornstarch and water and divide among indicated number of round, freezable containers. Label and freeze.

Freeze For Later Serving Day Directions

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. **Due to the nature of pressure cooking there is always room for inconsistency. The times given are based on 4 servings frozen using 64+ ounce round containers. If you are using a different size/ shape container or more servings you may need to increase your cooking time.**
  2. ** Though it doesn't seem likely that this recipe will work for liquid issues--we assure you this recipe has been tested multiple times in the Instant Pot with great success.**Place frozen contents into inner pot.
  3. Lock cover into place and seal steam nozzle.
  4. Cook on the poultry setting (15 minutes) and add an additional 10 minutes or manually set for 25 minutes.
  5. Naturally release pressure for 5 minutes then quick release remaining pressure.
  6. Remove chicken and dice.
  7. Set Instant Pot setting to saute.
  8. In a bowl, combine cornstarch and water.
  9. Add cornstarch mixture and chicken to pot and continue to cook (on saute) for 2-3 minutes until thickened.

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    1. It’s bourbon inspired! You’re welcome to add it, if you like! One of our staffers has done this! πŸ™‚

    1. It’s bourbon inspired! You’re welcome to add it, if you like! One of our staffers has done this! πŸ™‚

  1. There is no bourbon because the title of the recipe refers to the origin of the recipe. Bourbon chicken was created by a chef from Bourbon Street, New Orleans.

  2. In order to get the label with the cooking instructions, do you have to sign up for the Once A MOnth meal plan? I love the idea of having the instructions right on the label! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, that is a benefit of membership πŸ™‚ If you have questions about membership we’re happy to talk with you via chat in the bottom right-hand corner of the website!

  3. So to freeze, you do not need to cook anything first? Just put ingredients minus the couple that you add the day of and freeze? Thank you

  4. This is super good with apple juice in place of the water or half water, half apple juice. Most bourbon street chicken recipes call for Apple juice. πŸ™‚

  5. Would I be able to make this with only the chicken frozen and adding the other ingredients unfrozen at 25mins high pressure?

    1. Kat, we would think so! Just know your chicken will not have marinated in the sauce, so it might taste slightly different from normal, but should still taste great!

  6. We really enjoyed this recipe. It was easy to make and start to finish, making it from fresh, we had food on the table in under an hour. It was a little sweet for me and I wondered if it was because we use low sodium tamari and perhaps that didn’t cut the sweetness as much as full powered soy sauce would have. Making it again I will most likely reduce the amount of honey and increase the other liquids evenly to make up for the loss. I would say this serves four perfectly.

  7. How much time do I add for 2 pounds of chicken? Is there a standard rule of thumb per pound of chicken? What would I do if I didn’t have enough time and the chicken wasn’t cooked all the way?

    1. As a member, you would have the ability customize serving sizes. If you have questions about membership, we’d love to chat with you in the bottom-right hand corner! We include a disclaimer on all of our IP recipes that states what the original serving size was when we made it fresh and that if cooking different amounts the time might need to be adjusted. If you cook and the chicken is not cooked all the way, you can always cook it longer. We encourage you to consult the Instant Pot Time Tables for reference: http://instantpot.com/cooking-time/
      Enjoy!

  8. Does a 64 oz container get full with this recipe? Will it have extra room if I increase the recipes by 1/3? I need to feed 2 kids and 5 adults.

    1. Since this recipe is for 4 servings and you’d like to feed 7, I would go ahead and prepare to fill 2 64oz containers. It might not hurt to just double the recipe, then you’ll have a little left over πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

  9. We loved it, but will reduce the amount of honey because of the sugar in the ketchup and add a bit more pepper. I used the correct amount of chicken but there was quite a lot of liquid. I may reuse it with a thigh or two on the stovetop.

    1. If you Google “ketchup substitute” a recipe appears to make your own substitute but it doesn’t seem like there is something already made, if that makes sense. I hope that helps! Enjoy!

  10. Made this tonight and it was excellent. I only changed the amount of honey and soy. My husband doesn’t like really sweet so I did 3/4 cups honey and 3/4 soy. I will probably do 1/2 cup of honey next time but it was still very good!

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