Orange Bourbon Chicken Tacos

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How do you feel about fusion food? I absolutely love taking flavors and techniques from one culture and meshing it with another. Taco, like burgers and pizza, are a great medium for doing this. Because you have a basic idea – a tortilla stuffed with a protein, so veggies, and some sort of sauce – that you can play with so very much. Which is exactly what I did with these Orange Bourbon Chicken Tacos. An Asian inspired orange glazed chicken added to a flour tortilla with some delicious veggies come together for your next #TacoTuesday win!

Orange Bourbon Chicken Tacos
Orange Bourbon Chicken Tacos

For this recipe, I used Jim Beam Orange Bourbon. It is a pre-mixed orange liqueur infused bourbon. If you can’t find it in your local stores, you can use a combination of regular bourbon and orange liqueur or orange flavoring. You can also go for some orange juice, you will just need to let it cook down a little longer so that it because a glaze. If you don’t have bourbon, you can use whiskey. The flavor will be slightly different but not dramatically.

Orange Bourbon Chicken Tacos

These tacos are seriously stacked so they do not really need a side dish. You could always go classic rice and beans to add to the fusion style. You could also do a chow mein or fried rice. That’s the great thing about fusion meals – you really have no limits to what you put on the plate.

Orange Bourbon Chicken Tacos

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Orange Bourbon Chicken Tacos

The smokey flavor of bourbon and sweetness of orange glazed on chicken meatballs and put in a taco!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Fusion, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword bourbon, cabbage, carrots, Chicken, ground chicken, meatballs, orange, taco
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 15 Tortillas fajita-style
  • 1 cup Carrot shredded
  • 1 cup Cabbage shredded
  • 4 Green Onions
  • 1 tbsp White Sesame Seeds

For the Meatballs

  • 2 lbs Ground Chicken
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Ginger grated
  • 1 cup Panko Crumbs
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce

For the Glaze

  • 12 oz Orange Marmalade
  • 1 cup Orange Bourbon
  • ¼ cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes


  • Preheat oven to 400degF.
  • In a bowl, combine meatball ingredients thoroughly. Make in to 1-inch balls and line them out on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes Remove from oven and transfer, in a single layer, to a 13×9 baking dish.
  • Add glaze ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat and let simmer while the meatballs are cooking. Pour over meatballs in baking dish. Return to oven for 15 minutes longer.
  • Warm up tortillas by cooking on each side for about 30 seconds over medium heat.
  • Start with a warm tortilla, add sprinkle of cabbage and carrots. Add 3-4 meatballs then sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.

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