May 16, 2020

RECIPE: Sweet & Sour Chicken

I love Sweet & Sour Chicken! It's usually made with fried chicken pieces, but this is made with sautéed chicken, so it's a little healthier. The calories in this aren't bad at all, actually! It looks like a lot of ingredients, but most of them are things that I typically have on hand.

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2 tsp. olive oil (or peanut oil)
3 medium carrots
1 large onion
1 large green bell pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 clove garlic or 1 tsp. jarred minced garlic
1 tsp. minced ginger
1 can (about 15 oz) pineapple tidbits, drained (reserve juice)* (See note at bottom)
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar (or white vinegar)
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cold water
2 Tbsp. corn starch
Cooked white rice, for serving


Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, and add 2 tsp. oil. Slice or chop the carrots and add them to the skillet. Chop the onion and green pepper and add them as well (if you like your green pepper crispier, then add it later--but I like mine to be pretty soft). While those are cooking, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and add them to the skillet. Add the garlic and ginger.

Cook until the chicken is done, stirring frequently. Add enough water to the pineapple juice to make 1 cup of liquid, and add that to the skillet.

Bring it to a boil, and then add the soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and pineapple tidbits. Stir well to combine. In a small bowl, stir the corn starch and 2 Tbsp cold water until the corn starch is dissolved. Then add the cornstarch mixture to the skillet, stirring well.

The sauce will get very thick. Serve over rice. Makes 4 servings.

*Note: I love the pineapple in sweet and sour chicken, but my family doesn't like it as much. You can always use half the amount of pineapple, but still use all of the juice for the sauce.

1 comment:

  1. Have you tried tossing the cut up chicken with some cornstarch before adding it to the pan? It can give it a bit more of that classic crispiness without really adding many calories or much work.


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