Monday, October 17, 2011

Sweet and Sour Chicken #2

If you Google "Sweet and Sour Chicken" recipes, there are a ton to choose from. I was looking for a recipe that didn't have ketchup in it (since I already hav a good one here), and had an assortment of fresh vegetables in it. I came across this Food Network Kitchens recipe and started reading the reviews. Overall, they were positive, and I adjusted the recipe to what we had on hand.

I was pleasantly surprised by the flavors of this dish. The chicken wasn't deep-fried, the sauce was homemade and flavorful, and there were plenty of vegetables. I also liked that it came together quickly as I'm always looking for easy weeknight meals... And it is relatively healthy too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp chili-garlic sauce (Can increase to 1 tsp for a spicier taste)
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 tsp peanut oil, divided
  • 1.5# boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bell peppers (I used red & yellow)
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup peas (I used frozen)
  • Serving suggestions: Rice

Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, chili-garlic sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, orange juice and cornstarch; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, coat the chicken with 2 tsp oil and season the chicken to taste with salt and pepper. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook the chicken, turning occasionally with a wooden spoon, 2 minutes. Transfer the partially-cooked chicken to a plate. Reserve the pan.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 tsp oil in the pan; add the peppers, scallions, and peas. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. 
  4. Stir in the reserved chicken; whisk the sauce again and add it to the pan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened and the chicken is tender, 1 to 2 minutes. 
  5. Serve over rice.
Source: Adapted from Food Network

1 comments:

Jessy said...

MMMM! Sounds yummy. I like that you didn't fry it. Not that I totally don't love fried food but my hips certainly don't appreciate it. :)

 
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