Timber 2 Table - Crispy Bourbon Fried Wild Turkey Recipe

Try this Chinese Restaurant favorite the next time you cook wild turkey

Crispy Bourbon Fried Wild Turkey Recipe

30 Min

Prep Time

20 Min

Cook Time





Even though its far from an authentic Chinese dish, I enjoy the Bourbon Chicken at most Chinese restaurants. The combination of crispy fried chicken, sweet bourbon sauce and the kick of heat from chili flakes is just good eats.

Serve the turkey over fried rice and top it with diced scallions.

We recreate the recipe at home using wild turkey breast. We stir fry the corn-starch-coated turkey bites in our Lodge cast-iron wok over our camp burner outdoors to cut down on smoke and get the high heat necessary for a good stir fry.

Bring the sauce to a boil until it thickens into a syrup.

As with all stir fries, the cooking moves quickly. Premeasure all ingredients and have them on hand while you cook. Serve the turkey over fried rice and top with diced scallions.

Gather all of your ingredients before you start to cook.


1 side of a wild turkey breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

3/4 cup corn starch, seasoned with 2 teaspoons each of salt and pepper

8 tablespoons peanut oil, divided

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup apple juice

½ cup Evan Williams bourbon

½ cup chicken broth

2/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

½ cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup honey

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Diced scallions for garnish

Cooking Instructions

Cut the turkey breast into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle the seasoned corn starch evenly over the turkey breast and toss to coat each piece well with starch. Heat half the oil in a wok over high heat. Stir fry half the wild turkey breast for 7 to 10 minutes until golden brown and just cooked through. Remove the turkey from the wok to a large bowl, add remaining oil to wok and repeat with the remaining turkey.

Toss the turkey breast in seasoned corn starch.

As the turkey cooks, mix the sauce in a large bowl with remaining ingredients (except scallions). Once the second batch of turkey is cooked, return the first batch to the wok.

Mix all of the sauce ingredients, including the bourbon, before pouring it over the fried turkey.

Pour over the sauce and bring to a boil. Cook an additional 6 to 10 minutes until the sauce thickens. Serve the turkey over fried rice and top with diced scallions.