Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sweet & Sour

In my ongoing efforts to totally and completely confuse you with the content of this blog, I bring to you tonight's mouth watering post. I was trying to figure out something for dinner, had chicken in my fridge, was craving Chinese and had no $ to order out. Attempting to be ambitious I started looking for chinese chicken recipes. I then remembered that my mom had donated a little Fry Daddy to our household this past fall and I hadn't had an excuse to use it yet.

Then came the "aha!" moment. I came across this recipe that got gobbled up so fast I barely had time to take pictures. I also didn't think to take pictures of the process, so hopefully you can follow along without. (Hey, I had to! You can too!)

*****(This was enough for our family of two, adjust this up and down to fit your family size and appetite. Also, I had more than half the sauce left over even after generously using it on rice and veggies. Next time I make this I'll cut the sauce in half. But again, if you're a "Sauce lovin" kinda family, this amount might work for you. Adjust as you need to make it work. )******

Sweet & Sour Chicken 

Chicken Ingredients:
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • onion and garlic powder (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • salt (I used seasoned salt, this is to your taste)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce (I used the low sodium kind)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (mixed into 1/3 cup COLD water to dissolve)
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
Directions for Chicken:
  • Wash your chicken breasts and cut into a little bigger than bite size pieces. (I sprinkled them with some salt at this point, but use your own judgement and tastes)
  • Combine the egg, flour, spices, water and baking powder, and cornstarch in a bowl with the oil and mix until a batter forms. (It will kind of be the consistency of a cake batter.)
  • Pour about three inches of oil into the bottom of your deep fryer (or top of the stove pan) and let it warm up.
  • Dip your chicken pieces in the cake batter and coat them pretty well. (You WILL get messy here...there's no way around it!)
  • Drop slowly and carefully into the hot oil and allow to cook for about five minutes, or until the outsides are golden brown, turning only once in the oil.
  • Remove from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Directions for Sauce:
  • While your chicken is cooking combine all ingredients for sauce in pan except the cornstarch in water and bring to a boil.
  • Add the cornstarch mix carefully and whisk into the sauce slowly.
  • Bring back to a boil and let it cook about five minutes until it thickens.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer, keep warm.

We served this with white rice and broccoli. It was delicious! A little time consuming but not too bad, and something that was really really good!

So if you try this out let me know. I think this one is going on my family's regular meal that bad? And I may or may not have eaten all the chicken pictured here and left a few bites of broccoli orphaned....*shrug*


Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

Holy.... YUM!!! Definitely going to try this - thanks!! :)

Mindy said...

Looks tasty. =)

Terrie said...

Yummy.... this is my favourite dish. Wish you a blessing New Year.
Terrie from Hong Kong

Adelina Priddis said...

Oh I love sweet and sour chicken!! I'll have to this recipe out sometime soon.

Amy said...

YUMM! Thanks so much for the recipe! We love sweet and sour chicken! Would you share it here?

Jill said...

Much better than a take out! Looks so tasty Amber!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

momto8 said...

I can tell by the ingredients that it tastes as good as it looks! Yum!
I am your newest follower..pls folow back if you can!

Anne Maskell said...

My family is going to love this. Thank you!(I found you at Sumo's)

Jamie said...

MMMMM looks delicious! I am definitely going to try this at some point. My husband LOVES Chinese food and I like it a lot too. :o)

Thanks for sharing and thanks for joining Make Yourself Monday!

For Love of Cupcakes

Jamie said...

P.S. The first line in this post literally made me laugh out loud! (I've been hearing way too much about 'focusing on my niche' lately lol)


Veronica and Daniel said...

Oooo! I already was in the mood for chinese food but after reading this, I am just going to have to make some :)

Six Sisters said...

Looks delicious! Thank you for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope to see you back next week and share more great ideas. -The Sisters

Serendipity and Spice said...

This looks amazing! I just pinned it so I can try it this week.

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Dusty Coyote said...

This looks exactly like genuine Chinese takeout!! I can't wait to try this. I also love sweet and sour pork.

Kadie said...

I can't wait to make this for them fam. Sweet and sour Chicken is our favorite! But I have never made it. I would love it if you would be willing to link it up to our new party going on now.

Jen the CraftinCowgirl said...

Sounds delish! I am going to try this, thanks for sharing!

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Yummy! Will definitely have to make this! I'd love for you to link to our Things I've Done Thursday link party going on now until noon Saturday EST.

MrsJenB said...

LOVE this!!! I seriously almost drooled. I can see why it would be time consuming but then again, almost everything I cook is time consuming, big deal. ;)

Thanks for sharing and for linking up so I could discover your blog!

Adventure Mom said...

Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from at the picket fence.


michele said...

omg yum! visiting via french country cottage.

would love to have you stop over to my kate spade giveaway!



Kadie said...

I just wanted to let you know that I featured you today!!! Stop by and grab a button if you would like. Thanks for linking up to our party. Would LOVE to see you again.

Arden Stoddard said...

I made the sweet and sour chicken the other day and we loved it. We will need to make it lots and lots.
Very GOOD thanks for letting me visit your blog. Alita