Sweet And Sour Chicken

It's always a firm favorite Chinese takeout meal, but why not cook this restaurant favouite yourself at home? This recipe for a Sweet And Sour Chicken style meal shows that you can satisfy your tastebuds and your wallet too.

Everything you need to make a Chinese Sweet and Sour style meal.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 2 tbsp of Olive Oil or Melted Margarine
  2. 400g Chicken Breast (cubed)
  3. 1 Red Pepper (seeds removed, and chopped)
  4. 1 Small Onion (roughly chopped)
  5. 1 tin of Pineapple Chunks (drain well)
  6. 1 Garlic Clove (finely chopped)
  7. 1 Green Onions (chopped)
  8. 1 head of Broccoli (cut into florets)
  9. 1 Small Carrot (sliced)
  10. 1 Small Apple (diced)
  11. 2 Packs of Sweet And Sour Sauce

Serving Suggestion

Sweet And Sour Chicken is often served with cooked rice, however, give it a try over some egg noodles as an alternative - plus it adds an extra boost of protein too.

Method

  • Heat a large frying pan on high heat until hot. Add 1 tbsp of the Olive Oil (or Melted Margarine) and then place the cubed Chicken Breast into the oil and cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring continually, until the Chicken Breast is both golden and cooked through.
    If you do no have a large frying pan, then cook the diced chicken in smaller batches until golden and cooked through.
    Remove the Chicken Breast from the frying pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-high and add the remaining Olive Oil (or Melted Margarine) as well as the brocolli florets and stir frequently for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the chopped garlic, sliced carrot, chopped red pepper and chopped onion to the frying pan then add 1 tbsp of water and stir frequently for a further 1 minute.
    Preparing a Sweet And Sour style dish with broccoli, garlic, carrots, onions and red peppers.
  • Add the cooked Chicken Breast back to the pan as well as several chunks of the drained pineapple.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add both packets of Sweet And Sour sauce to the frying pan, mix well and continue to cook for a further 1 - 2 minutes - until sauce is fully heated and hot.
  • Remove the frying pan from the heat and add the diced apple, stirring the apple into the mixture then pour the entire mixure into a serving bowl and garnish with chopped green onion.
    Sweet And Sour Chicken garnished with chopped green onions.
  • Serve your Sweet And Sour Chicken dish with your choice of freshly cooked rice or egg noodles and enjoy.
    Serving Suggestion: Sweet And Sour Chicken served on egg noodles with a side of crispy noodles.

Tips

For those that like their Sweet And Sour sauce a little more on the tangy side, add 2 tsp red wine vinegar and 1 tsp grated of finely chopped ginger to the sauce as it cooks. If you prefer it more sweet than sour, then add 1 tsp of sugar instead.

If you prefer the chicken in your Sweet and Sour Chicken to be battered then before cooking, place the diced Chicken Breast into a bowl, add a pinch of salt and 1 beaten egg. Mix well then add 3 - 4 tbsp of flour (or cornflour) and mix to coat the chicken then shallow fry in at least an inch of hot oil.

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