Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

I love Sweet and Sour Chicken from our local Chinese restaurant. Now, I know it isn't authentic Chinese cuisine but it still is one of my favorite dishes. The kids love it. I love it and most importantly my husband loves it. When we order Sweet and Sour Chicken, it comes with this crazy looking bright pink sauce. There are pineapple chunks with cherries and lots of fried won tons. No wonder we like it so much. So, I decided to try this dish on the family. I wasn't sure how my family would react but they loved it. It is pretty easy to make and cooks for an hour so I can get other things completed before dinner. My husband told me when we have this dish again we should double the sauce. The photos reminded me of a Chinese menu.
Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
3/4 cup sugar
4 Tbsp ketchup
1/8 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 Tbsp Timari soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 cup cornstarch
3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast, chopped into bite sizes
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 bunch green onions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, ketchup, white vinegar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Set aside. 
  3. On one plate, spread out the cornstarch. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Set aside.
  5. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. 
  6. Coat the chicken in the cornstarch then in the egg.
  7. Brown the chicken in the skillet on all sides.
  8. Remove the chicken and coat the chicken into the vinegar sauce.
  9. Add the chicken and vinegar sauce into a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  10. Bake the chicken for 1 hour. Stir the chicken mixture every 15 minutes while it is cooking. 
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  12. Top the chicken with pineapple chunks and green onions. 
Recipe adapted from Six Sisters' Stuff.

Two years ago.........................................I made American Beauty Cake.
Did you already know.............................
-Sweet and sour sauce does originate from China.
-In China, sweet and sour sauce is used for dipping seasfood.
-Since tomatoes are not native to China, the sweet and sour dipping sauces found in China are different from the ones found at the local Chinese restaurants. 

I hope you have a wonderful Chinese New Year on Friday!

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