Friday, June 26, 2009

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I finally found a recipe for Chinese-ish food I can make at home! I have tried dozens of stir fry and other Asian inspired recipes and can never come close to making anything even resembling the food you could get at a restaurant. Well, the look's over! I first spotted this recipe on Delectable Dining and then again at Rachel vs. "The Kitchen". Both sisters gave it wonderful reviews so I knew I couldn't go wrong. I made this a few weeks ago and absolutely LOVED it. I did change the recipe a little to make it more healthy. The original calls for dredging the chicken into cornstarch, then egg and frying it. I'm sure this method's amazing, but I wanted to cut out the oil so I opted to just quickly brown my chicken in a skillet before adding the marvelous, tangy sauce. Even my girls Tina and Becky (my new janitor peeps) asked for the recipe when they smelled what I had heated up for my lunch. I consider myself lucky for even having any leftover. Sophie and Chase were in love with this chicken and wouldn't stay out of it. If you like sweet and sour chicken you must give this recipe a try. I found chicken on sale and made this dish for under $1.00 per serving. Team it up with some steamed broccoli and jasmine rice for an easy, quick, and affordable meal!

SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN
1 pound bone-less, skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
¾ cup sugar
4 TBSP ketchup
½ cup vinegar
1 TBSP soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
hot cooked rice (I prefer jasmine)

Brown chicken in a skillet. While chicken is browning mix sugar, ketchup, vinegar, soy and garlic salt to make the sauce. When chicken it browned pour sauce over chicken and stir to get the yummy chicken bits off the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer 5 minutes, or until sauce is thicken. Serve over rice.

18 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

If the three of you recommend it, I am so trying it. Looks delicious, Heidi!

finsmom said...

Looks great! Such a colorful chicken dish - and I bet it is tasty too!

Willoughby said...

I'm with you on skipping the dredging and frying. I would brown it without coating, too. You know how much I love to cook Asian food, and my husband would love this recipe!

Rachel said...

I'm glad you liked it! I've been trying so hard to come up with new recipes, that I forget about some of the ones I already posted :) This was one that everyone seemed to enjoy!

the ungourmet said...

It does look delicious Heidi! I like your lower fat version!

Cori said...

Wow! It looks so easy. I love meals that can come together quickly after work. Thanks!!

Snow White said...

we'll have to try it!

Lynda said...

this sounds really delicious, Heidi- I must try this as I'm always looking for easy asian style dishes!

Katy ~ said...

Sounds good! I love sweet and sour.

Kara said...

Sweet and sour is our favorite Chinese meal. So yummy! Love that you lowered the fat.

Yummy in my tummy said...

So simple and easy! I prefer Jasmine rice as well- just the way it smells- mmm.

Krista said...

Yummy and economical! Love it! I have a sweet and sour pork recipe that I make in the crock pot, but I haven't tried chicken yet. I bet I'd love this.

Chicago Mom said...

I have never tried sweet & sour anything, but I can't wait to try this recipe. I truly love recipes where I already have 90% of the ingredients! Thanks!

Delectable Dining said...

Glad you liked it! I'm anxious to try your healthier version... my husband was just asking when I was going to make this again!

brdesigns said...

Hello from the SIST. I'm glad I found your blog..I will be make the chicken {my kids love Chinese food}and let you know how it went.
BR Designs

Karen said...

I'm not good at cooking Asian foods, but this looks like I might be able to handle it! LOL

teresa said...

I think I'd actually like this better then takeout! Fantastic!

A-Man said...

Thanks for your sweet and sour chicken.
This dish looks tasty and seems to be very economic. Neither you need much time nor you need a lot of products to prepare it.

Greetings from Germany

A-Man