Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cause Sometimes You Need Chinese Food: Sweet N' Sour Chicken

How is your Tuesday? I just get a craving for Chinese food every now and then. Do you? You know it just hits you and you suddenly gotta have some. I modified this recipe a bit to lower the sugar and sodium. I thought it was pretty good and the entire family ate it without any complaints. While I was making this recipe I was worried not knowing if this would turn out. In fact at one point I even thought, "oh well, at least I gave this recipe a try." It was surprisingly good! It's a little messy in the preparation and cooking, but I think you will find it surprisingly good. Don't be too concerned at the way it is looking at any given stage, just go with it. The original recipe is from this site, but I made a few changes to make this lower in calories. I also served this on a bed of jasmine rice. I like the stickiness of this rice when I want Chinese it just gives the dish an authentic taste. You can use brown rice or brown jasmine rice too. I did however just go balls out and I ate the white jasmine rice

Here is what you need:
3-4 skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of vinegar - I used apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons organic ketchup
1/4 cup organic sugar
1 tablespoon lite soy sauce
1 cup of cornstarch
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Olive Oil cooking spray
Sea salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil

Preheat your oven to 325. Cut your chicken into bite sized pieces and add a pinch of sea salt on top of the chicken. Spray with a light coating of olive oil spray and coat in the cornstarch.
Heat a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil in a large pan and turn the heat on. Allow the pan to heat up a bit.
Add your chicken to the hot pan and allow the chicken to lightly cook. Cook your chicken for about 10 minutes on medium heat and stir often. You may want to add another spray of your olive oil cooking spray about half way through. Don't worry about your chicken cooking all the way through here - we just want it to lightly cook and crisp up a bit. Don't be worried right about now when you look at your chicken you might be nervous and thinking you have made a terrible mistake, but trust me the end result will be OK. Make your sauce. You will combine the vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix this well.

You can place your chicken in a clean cooking dish. I used my Pyrex casserole baking dish. Top it with your sauce and combine making sure the chicken is coated. You can add a pinch of sea salt to the top and put it in the oven.

You will bake this for 60 minutes, but you will want to stir your chicken every 15 minutes. Top your rice with the sweet n' sour chicken and you are done. Eat and Enjoy!

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