Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

    yield: 4 servings
    prep time: 10 minutes
    cook time: 2 to 3 hours

    Bring a taste of the South to your table with this spirited chicken dish. It’s sweet and savory, and the best part is how easy it is to make!

    • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • ¼ cup gluten-free soy sauce
    • ¼ cup bourbon
    • ¼ cup sugar-free ketchup
    • ¼ cup brown sugar substitute
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
    • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum (see Note)
    • 1 recipe, Basic Caulirice (here), for serving (optional)
    • Sliced green onions, for garnish (optional)

    1. Grease the inside of a slow cooker with oil. Place the chicken in the slow cooker.

    2. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, soy sauce, bourbon, ketchup, brown sugar substitute, vinegar, and ginger powder. Stir to blend well. Pour the mixture evenly over the chicken.

    3. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, until the chicken is no longer pink in the center. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it with two forks.

    4. If using the xanthan gum, stir it into the juices in the slow cooker. Turn the slow cooker up to high for 5 minutes and stir frequently until the sauce has thickened.

    5. Return the chicken to the slow cooker and stir to coat the meat in the sauce. Serve over caulirice and garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.


    If you don’t have xanthan gum on hand, you can leave it out. It won’t affect the flavor of the dish; it just acts as a thickener for the juices.