Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Who doesn't love Chinese food? We do.  I am sure you do as well, maybe not all (like us) but some!.. How about some Sweet and Sour Chicken? The tangy flavor that lays in between sweet and sour, just as its name says, is a delicious dish! the added pineapple makes it taste tropical and exotic.  I love fruit in main dishes..

This was the first time I tried this recipe, including the sauce, which I thought at first to buy it ready, but then I was like I should try it!  I was skeptical at first for the quantity of sugar it takes in, now we know why it is sweet, and was surprised that apple cider vinegar was used to brake in the sweet taste.  

Forget take-outs or even going to a Chinese restaurant and try this quick and effective go-to recipe for when you want to enjoy this classic at a fraction of the cost.


Sweet and Sour Chicken


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite size chuncks)
Salt and pepper
2 cups flour
5 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 eggs (beaten with a fork)
oil (for frying)

1 ½ cup sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
3/4 cup cider vinegar
2 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 Tablespoons garlic powder

1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1 orange pepper, sliced
1 onion, cut into wedges/sliced
1 can of cut pineapples


In a bowl mix flour, baking soda and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. In another bowl beat the eggs. Dip chicken pieces first then the flour mixture, then in the egg mixture and then again in the flour mixture.

Fry in oil in a wok or in a deep fryer at 350 degrees in batches until golden brown. Drain on a tray, if you want use kitchen paper towels.

Place chicken in a single layer on a baking sheet. Mix sauce ingredients together and pour half of  it over the chicken and toss to coat. Bake for about 10 minutes at 200ºC, flipping them every 5 minutes. 

Meanwhile cook your veggies. Put a little oil in a pan and stir fry them. Bring the remaining sauce
to a simmer in a small pot and let thicken about 8 minutes. Pour the sauce over the vegetables. Mix the chicken and veggies together and add the pineapple and stir slowly so that the chicken pieces don’t break.  Serve over white rice. 


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