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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken
I will do it again for sure. One thing that I realized is that if you cook the chicken this way you can easily make the sauce many different ways. Here is my Sweet & Sour recipe. It sounds kind of hard but it really isn't. I prepped everything in the morning and then it took maybe about 1/2 to get everything cooked.

Coated Chicken (& marinade)

* 1 lb chicken (cubed)
* 1 tbs. soy sauce
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 1/2 tsp. sugar
* Cornstarch
* Oil

Combine the soy sauce, salt, sugar, and chicken. Let marinate at least 15 min. – up to all day. Dredge chicken in cornstarch (put it in a ziploc baggie and shake to coat chicken). Cook in hot oil until cooked through. Drain well and set aside.

Sauce Ingredients

* 1/4 c. vinegar
* 1 tbs. ketchup
* 1 clove garlic (I used the pre-chopped garlic in a jar to save time)
* 1/2 c. pineapple chunks – reserve the juice
* 1/2 c. green pepper
* 1/2 c. red pepper
* 1/2 c. celery
* 1/2 c. onion
* 1/4 c. sugar
* 1/4 c. water
* 1 tbs. soy sauce
* 4 tsp. cornstarch
* 1/4 c. water

Heat 1 tbs. oil in a large pan. Stir fry garlic (30 seconds), add veggies & stir fry for about a minute. Add sugar, water, pineapple juice and vinegar and bring to a boil.
Combine soy sauce, corn starch, and water. Add to boiling mixture. Stir until thick. Add pineapple and chicken until coated. Serve over a platter of rice.

Here is a sauce that you could make for Ginger Chicken, then just add whatever veggies you want. I think baby corn, water chestnuts or bamboo shoots would be good. You may also want to add a little cornstarch to thicken the sauce.

Ginger Chicken

* 2 tbs. Oil
* 1 tbs. chopped garlic
* 1 tsp. chopped ginger root or 1/2 tsp. dry ginger
* 1/3 c. soy sauce
* 1 tbs. sugar
* 3 tbs. chopped green onion
* 1 c. boiling water

7 comments:

Jennifer Lavender said...

My husband wass just talking about wanting to try cooking some chinese food. Thanks for posting your recipes.

happyhousewife said...

Mmm, that sounds really good. I love sweet and sour chicken.
How is your coke habit... have you kicked it completely?

Sherri said...

I have been almost 11 days without any carbonated or caffeinated beverage!!

Corrie said...

Congrats on the no carbonated bvgs!

I love sweet n sour, but can't ever seem to get it to turn out quite right. I'll have to try your recipes

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BallerinaGurl said...

Thanks for the visit Sherri! How sweet of you! Darling kids!! Mmmm Ginger is one of my most favorite. When I go out for sushi or even bring it home I eat it raw and lots of it. Will have to try your Ginger Chicken. Yum!!

Molly :)

BallerinaGurl said...

PS Good for you without the carbonated bevs...it is hard to do, I know firsthand! My support!!