Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sweet and Sour Chicken

My DB is a big fan of Chinese food, and this dish tops his list as one of his favorites to order when we eat out. I've tried a few S&S chicken recipes in the past, but all have gained mediocre reviews... until this one. In between devouring his food, my DB groaned, claimed this dish was better than eating at a Chinese restaurant, and proceeded to devour his (and my) chicken.

Just a note- the prep work took a while (you need to coat the chicken bites in cornstarch and then in egg), fry them, and then bake for 1 hour, but I (and my DB) promise you- the time and taste is well worth your effort. I used rice vinegar (Maruchan brand is what I prefer and recommend), as it has a slightly sweet but tangy vinegar taste- it is what I use in all my Japanese/Asian cooking that calls for vinegar. This item can be found at Asian grocery stores, as well as larger grocery chains (such as Kroger).

For the Chicken
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper (I used white pepper)
1 cup cornstarch
3-4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil

For the Sauce
¾ cup sugar
4 Tbsp ketchup
½ cup vinegar (preferably rice vinegar, such as this)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Preheat a large skillet on medium heat.
2. Cut boneless chicken breasts into chunks. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Coat chicken in cornstarch and then in egg.
4. Fry the chicken chunks in a little oil until brown, but not cooked through.
5. Place browned chicken in a single layer in a baking dish.
6. Mix sauce ingredients together and pour over chicken.
7. Bake for 1 hour, turning chicken every 15 minutes.

Tip: The sauce made in this recipe is enough to coat the chicken. If you like extra sauce, make another batch of sauce and bring it to a boil on the stovetop. Stir constantly and let it cook over medium heat until thickened and reduced - about 6-8 minutes.

Source: Le Petit Pierogi


Joelen said...

Looks delicious! I've made a similiar dish and the cornstarch/egg really helps coat the chicken perfectly!

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