Thursday, February 9

Sweet & Sour Chicken

I don't usually post recipes - in fact I think this is a first - but I made one of my all time favorite meals this week and wanted to share the yummy-ness! I learned this recipe from my mom and have it memorized from making it so much. It's just that good!

It takes a little work, but the payoff is so worth it! The only trick is getting the three parts (meat, sauce, and rice) ready at the same time. I usually get my meat prepped to go in the pan, mix the sauce, then start the rice and cook the meat and sauce while the rice simmers. It's really easy because the rice & sauce are really low maintenance! Now, for the recipe....

Sweet & Sour Chicken

The Meat:
  • Chicken cut into bite size pieces (I use 3 breasts for the two of us and have plenty of leftovers to eat later!) You can use another type of meat if you prefer.
  • 1 egg yolk (but I just use the whole egg, beaten)
  • 1 Tbs Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 c. Corn Starch (I never measure, just dump some in until the chicken is coated)
  • Oil to fry in
Combine chicken, egg, and soy sauce until chicken is well coated. Add cornstarch until chicken is coated. Heat oil in a pan, I use a thin layer of canola oil. Drop pieces of coated chicken into hot oil until bottom is crispy golden brown, then flip them over to cook the other side. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel. I usually make enough chicken to fill my pan twice.

The Sauce:
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. vinegar
  • 1/3 c. ketchup
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 Tbs. corn starch
  • pineapple, diced red pepper, or any add-ins you want!
Combine 1c. water, sugar, vinegar, & ketchup in microwave safe bowl (or a small pan if you prefer stovetop cooking) and bring it to a boil stirring often - I microwave it a minute at a time, stir, and do another minute until it boils. Combine 1/4c. water & corn starch in a small bowl, then add it to the boiling sauce, mixing well. It will look foggy now, continue to let it cook a while longer until it becomes more transparent. Remove from heat and stir in pineapple, red pepper, and whatever else you want. Done!

(the container in the background is my Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day dough!)

Serve chicken & sauce on a bed of rice. Then dig in. And go back for seconds. Maybe thirds.

And I'll leave you with these pictures of Baby B enjoying an unseasonably warm day last week. He's not sure about grass, buy he loves a good stick!

Let me know if you give this recipe a try and what you think. What is your favorite recipe?
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  1. The last picture is my favorite! What an expressive face :) I can't remember the last time I made a meal with chicken. Will have to give it a try soon!

  2. You can also use flour instead of corn starch to coat the chicken. The texture is different but still yummy. Having enough flour is usually easier than having enough the cornstarch, and it's cheaper. However, stick to the corn starch for thickening the sauce. We made it last night! It's always a hit.