Sweet & Sour Chicken

My Third and Final dish for Chinese Food night was Sweet & Spicy Chicken.

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If you don’t like it spicy – its not over powering at all but you can always leave that ingredient out đŸ™‚

What you need:

  • 3 large chicken breasts cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • vegetable oil (enough to coat the bottom of the pan)
  • 1 cup diced pineapple (canned or fresh whatever you have)
  • 1 & 1/2 large red peppers cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes (leave this out if your not into hot) + some for garnish
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • sesame seeds for garnish
  • Sauce
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 2 gloves garlic minced
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1/4 brown sugar
    • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
      (drain juice from can or use fresh from when you cut it up)
    • 1/2 cup ketchup
    • 1 tsp chili paste (leave this out if your not into hot)

What to do:

  1. Mix together your sauce ingredients and set a side
  2. In a large food storage bag add your cornstarch, red pepper flakes and chicken – Shake well
  3. crack 2 eggs and whisk together in a bowl and your flour in a second bowl
  4. in a deep pan on high add your oil
  5. once your chicken is coated in cornstarch drop into your beaten egg bowl – then into the flour bowl – tossing around for an even coat
  6. Drop your chicken into the hot oil (be careful)
  7. Keep dropping your chicken into the pan until all chicken is coated
  8. Begin turning your chicken – you will want it to cook evenly on each side (about 4-5 minutes)
  9. remove chicken from pan – drain all the oil but a tbsp – turn down to medium high heat
  10. add your red peppers and let cook down for about  2-3 minutes – add pineapple and let go for another 2 minutes.
  11. add your sauce – bring to a boil – it will thicken – stir about 30 seconds to a minute
  12. add back chicken and turn the pan down to medium low heat
  13. mix the chicken and sauce well for another 2-3 minutes and then remove from heat
  14. garnish with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes

This was delicious. it was really light considering it was fried a bit.

I did NOT make spring rolls… those I did buy. My Spring Roll game is still a little too fresh for me to confidently tell you how to make them … so I bought some to just round out dinner!

Enjoy!
-Brittany

 

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