Monday, April 28, 2008

Sweet and Sour Chicken

A friend (thanks Sherri!) posted this on the pinching your pennies site and since Nathan loves sweet and sour chicken I had to give it a try. Everyone but the twins at the chicken and loved it. It has good flavor and although not exactly like my favorite Chinese food place (plug here for Dragon Hill) good enough to make when I don't want to pay for takeout. This is a new favorite recipe in our house.

Coated Chicken (& marinade)
1 lb chicken (cubed)
1 tbs. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
Combine the soy sauce, salt, sugar, and chicken. Let marinate at least 15 min. – up to all day. Dredge chicken in cornstarch (put it in a ziploc baggie and shake to coat chicken). Cook in hot oil until cooked through. Drain well and set aside.
Sauce Ingredients
1/4 c. vinegar
1 tbs. ketchup
1 clove garlic
1/2 c. pineapple chunks – reserve the juice
1/2 c. green peppe
1/2 c. red pepper
1/2 c. celery
1/2 c. onion
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. water
1 tbs. soy sauce
4 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 c. water
Heat 1 tbs. oil in a large pan. Stir fry garlic (30 seconds), add veggies & stir fry for about a minute. Add sugar, water, pineapple juice and vinegar and bring to a boil.Combine soy sauce, corn starch, and water. Add to boiling mixture. Stir until thick. Add pineapple and chicken until coated. Serve over a platter of rice.

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