If there is one meal I miss above anything else when I’m trying to maintain a healthy diet its Chinese takeout. The Chinese place in my hometown has the best buffet filled with favorites like sesame chicken, fried rice, egg rolls and lo mein. My mouth is watering just thinking about the perfectly crispy bites of chicken smothered in sweet and spicy sauce served with a side of steamed broccoli spears.
When I found this recipe while browsing Pinterest the other night I was excited to give it a shot. Could it be possible to make delicious Chinese food at home with ingredients I already had and without some of the additives that Americanized Chinese food is notorious for? The answer is yes.
I changed a few of the ingredients from the original recipe to use things I already had in my kitchen. The result was a tasty dish that rivaled the sweet and sour chicken from my favorite restaurant. Try it out tonight!
Sweet and Sour Chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup flour
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tbsp canola oil
3 tbsp ketchup
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Rinse raw chicken in cold water and pat dry. Cut into bite sized chunks.
- In a bowl with a cover, toss chicken chunks with flour to coat completely. Set aside.
- Warm 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet.
- Dip flour-coated chicken in beaten egg then place in frying pan.
- Cook until chicken is golden but not cooked through. Remove from heat and place chicken in a baking dish.
- In a small bowl, whisk ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce and garlic. Pour over chicken.
- Bake chicken for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
2 cups cooked rice, white or brown
1 1/2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp soy sauce
- In a large skillet or wok, heat oil and sauté garlic.
- Add peas and carrots to oil and garlic and cook until tender.
- Move peas and carrots to one side of the pan. Scramble the egg on the other side of pan until cooked.
- Add soy sauce and rice and stir everything together. Cook until heated through.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!