Sweet and Sour Chicken

Tonight’s recipe comes from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.  If you go to her site you will notice that she has over 400 comments on this recipe alone.  With that many comments and accolades I couldn’t pass this recipe up.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

*Note: if you like extra sauce, double the sauce ingredients – pour half over the chicken and follow the recipe instructions; pour the other half in a small saucepan and cook the sauce on the stovetop at a simmer for 8-10 minutes until it reduces and thickens. Serve it on the side of the chicken.

*Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS:

Chicken:

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 large eggs, beaten (I had 4 chicken breasts so I used 3 eggs)
1/4 cup canola oil

Sauce:  (I doubled the sauce recipe as I looooooove extra sauce)

3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt
DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

1)  Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

2)  While the oil is heating, cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces. Season with salt and pepper.

3)  Place the cornstarch in a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Put the chicken into the bag with the cornstarch and seal, tossing to coat the chicken.

4)  Whisk the eggs together in a shallow pie plate.

5)  Dip the cornstarch-coated chicken pieces in the egg and place them carefully in a single layer in the hot skillet.

6)  Cook for 1-2 minutes and then flip each piece over to cook on the other side until nicely golden but not all the way cooked through.

7)  Place in a single layer in a baking dish and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.

8)  Mix the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl and pour over the chicken in the baking dish.

9)  Bake for one hour, turning the chicken once or twice while cooking to coat evenly with sauce.

10)  Serve over hot, steamed rice.

Even though there are quite a few steps, I encourage you to try this recipe.  It is good, and cheaper than take-out.  This is going to be a staple on our rotation!!!

-Jennifer

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