My husband LOVES my sesame chicken recipe and it's a dinner he often requests for that reason. If you have ever cooked it up in your home, you will surely know why. At the same time, it's one of those recipes that takes a bit more time to prepare due to the whole breading and frying ordeal involved. That is why I was on the hunt for a new Chinese themed chicken I could prepare that would be easier to put together yet make everyone happy taste wise. My husband has claimed this as a new favorite, so I'm pretty sure it's a good one.
Due to my lack of a gall bladder since I was 18 years old, fatty meat and chicken are not a food that is super agreeable with my stomach. When out to eat I usually skip it and opt for salads and pastas for that reason. There is one dish I cannot avoid picking at if someone orders it, and that is the sweet and sour chicken. I personally love Chinese food in general which you may have noticed throughout my recipe posts, but that one will always be amazing by me. I've tried to figure out the ingredients many times, but until now, I could not. That is why this is an exciting day for me, I am finally going to share my perfected sweet and sour chicken recipe with you. Give it a try, and let me know if it is anything like the one you buy in the restaurants. I've found the one in restaurants to give me a headache maybe due to the probable ingredient of msg. The good news- this recipe has all the good stuff, minus the headache inducing msg!
As with all deep fried Chinese themed food, this is not the most health conscious meal choice. For that reason, here are some alternatives for the recipe to customize it for those of you who want to cut down on the calories: 1) Bake the pieces of chicken instead of frying them. 20 minutes on 350 will do the trick. 2) Use less sugar or a healthy sugar substitute in preparation of the sauce. 3) Serve brown rice instead of white on the side.
Sweet & Sour Chicken
1 lb. Dark Meat Chicken, Cut into pieces
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/3 Cup of Flour + 1/3 Cup Corn Starch
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
Vegetable Oil for frying
1/3 Cup Ketchup
1 Tsp. Fresh Chopped Garlic
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Rice Vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsps. Soy Sauce
1. Combine the flour, corn starch, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place the pieces of cut up chicken in a large resealable bag and then pour the flour mixture over them. Seal the bag and shake until all of the pieces are coated.
2. Heat a frying pan with an inch of vegetable oil in it over low-medium heat so that it's hot enough to fry but not splattering everywhere.
3. Depending on the size of your frying pan, fry the pieces 5-15 pieces at a time for about 2-3 minutes or until they are completely cooked through on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. Remove them from the pan onto a paper towel lined plate to remove some of that excess grease.
4. Combine the sauce ingredients- ketchup, garlic, sugar, rice vinegar and soy sauce, in a sauce pan over a medium flame. Allow it to come together and begin to simmer and then remove from the heat.
5. Serve the prepared sauce to the side of the chicken to dip in or pour over the pieces if you prefer. Serve immediately so they won't begin to get soggy at all while sitting. Stir fried vegetables and rice are great choices to accompany this chicken as a side dish.
What is your favorite Chinese food dish to eat when your out at a restaurant? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to get some more ideas, as would everyone else I am sure!
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