Wonderful bourbon ginger chicken

Created this dish for my friends Jim and Gloria  Zion with Whicked Bourbon Whiskey. Enjoy ! 


6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

½ cup Wicked Harvest Bourbon
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 TBS. light brown sugar
2 tsp. fresh chopped ginger
1 TBS. sesame oil
juice from 2 fresh oranges
½ tsp. crushed red chili peppers
4 cloves chopped fresh garlic
2 TBS. seasoned rice vinegar

1/3 cup toasted chopped Pistachios
fresh orange segments (rind removed from one orange)
1/3 cup sesame oil
1/3 cup vegetable oil
½ cup corn starch

Thoroughly mix all the marinade ingredients together in a stainless-steel bowl. Hold on side. Place the chicken thighs between two sheets of saran and pound slightly (not too flat). Take one fourth of the marinade mixture and hold on side for sauce. Place chicken thighs in the remaining marinade and refrigerate for 1 ½ hours. Place both oils in large sauté pan and bring up the temperature. Remove chicken thighs from marinade, dredge in corn starch and pan fry until brown and cooked through. Discard the marinade the chicken was in. Take the reserved marinade, place in a sauce pan, bring it to a boil and thicken with a corn starch slurry (couple of TBS. corn starch with a couple of TBS. water). Add to boiling marinade gradually until it slightly thickens and looks like a glaze. NOTE: May not use all the slurry. Hold on side. SERVICE: Cut thighs into strips and arrange on a service plate. Ladle heated glaze over the top, add toasted chopped Pistachios and the fresh orange segments. Garnish with fresh zest of orange.
Chef’s Note: Sticky rice or Chinese noodles are a great accompaniment for this dish.

Wicked harvast bourbon glaze


2 oz. butter
3 Tbs. light brown sugar
¼ Cup Wicked Harvest Bourbon
3 Tbs. quality Maple Syrup
Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium fire to start and reduce heat after ingredients are dissolved. Let simmer approximately five minutes until consistency is that of melted caramels. Do not overcook and do not use to high of heat. Syrup can be used for a variety of applications: pancakes, French toast, glaze for chicken, pork, custards, ice cream etc. A variety of chopped nuts, raisins, fruits, citrus can also be added to the base glaze. Because the bourbon has a slight Pistachio flavor, chopped Pistachio nuts are a natural add on to this glaze. Have fun with it. I am sure you will come up with some creative uses.
This recipe goes with the previous posting for the frozen custard.
Chef Len