Ok so yesterday I didn’t write any posts, and today you get two (and both are recipes I made yesterday)! Earlier I posted a sweet treat recipe, chocolate peanut butter pretzel bars, that I made yesterday. One of the ingredients of this treat was honey. Now as I mentioned in that post I do not actually like the flavor of honey, but Richard and Colby both love it. I have a HUGE bottle of honey that I purchased at Costco. It was put to use yesterday.
For dinner last night we had Honey Bourbon Chicken made in the electric pressure cooker. I read through the recipe and my first thought was…. ummm where is the bourbon? When reading the comments they said that this was “Bourbon inspired”. One of the people also responded that if you cook with alcohol in a pressure cooker it does not cook off the alcohol… ok let’s try this anyway!
Honey “Bourbon” Chicken
- 1.5 lb chicken thighs
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic (I grated it with my microplane)
- 1/2 c. soy sauce
- 1/4 c. ketchup
- 1 c. honey
- 2 TBSP canola oil
- red pepper flakes (I did a few shakes of the container)
- salt and pepper
- 2 TBSP cornstarch
- 1 TBSP water
Put all the ingredients (except cornstarch and water) into the electric pressure cooker
Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes
Let it release pressure for 5 minutes then finish releasing the pressure manually
Remove the chicken and dice it up into bite size pieces
Combine the cornstarch and water to make a slurry, then add to the cooking liquid. Stir to dissolve completely
Return the chicken to the pressure cooker
Set to saute and cook for an additional 3 minutes to thicken the sauce
I served it with red wheat berries that I toasted and then cooked, adding a bit of butter at the end of the cooking process. Colby said this made it taste a lot like popcorn. We also had a raw carrot. Colby ended up eating two since he took the one off Richard’s plate too before he got home. No worries, I peeled another one for Richard.
I tried everything separably, but then put the chicken and wheat berries together and it was so yummy.
The chicken was really tasty. Colby felt it had a homemade bbq flavor, I don’t think it did, but hey if that works for him… then go for it dude. Colby ate 2 carrots and 2 servings of wheat berries and one serving of chicken. Blake ate 2 servings of chicken, his carrot and a nibble of wheat berries. Then, when Richard came home and was having dinner, Blake had a 3rd serving of the chicken. I’d say he really liked this one. Richard enjoyed it too.
I really wish the sauce ended up thicker. I think next time instead of thickening the sauce in the pressure cooker I’d transfer it to a pot and cook it in there so that the liquids can evaporate and thicken. Richard suggested reducing actual bourbon in a pan and adding it to the chicken mixture in the thickening step. This would add the bourbon flavor, but not the alcohol.
I think we will be trying this one again!