Sweet and Sour Chicken

Always ordered at restaurants, never attempted at home. This was the story of our beloved sweet and sour chicken, until one day I had had enough. I couldn’t go out, and I wanted to eat some darn sweet and sour chicken. So I made it, and it was very rewarding indeed. I can’t and won’t claim that this is exactly like what you get at restaurants, but it’s pretty darn close, and can be adjusted here and there according to your taste.

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Here’s what you’ll need

For the chicken:

1 pound boneless chicken, cut into thin, small pieces

salt and pepper to taste

1 T soy sauce

1/4 t sesame oil

1 egg white

1/4 cup corn starch

2-3 T water

For the sauce:

2 cups chicken stalk

1 T garlic, chopped

1/4 cup soy sauce

3 T oyster sauce

1/4 cup ketchup

1 T honey or sugar

1 t vinegar

1 t sesame oil

To add to the sauce: 

1 small onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

This recipe is a little more labor intensive than usual for me, but still didn’t take forever to make. The only time consuming part is deep frying the chicken, and it doesn’t take more than ten minutes.

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In a small bowl combine the ingredients listed for the chicken. You can use a whole egg instead of an egg white, but the egg white makes the batter lighter. Deep fry the chicken pieces, making sure to place them in the oil one by one so they don’t stick together. Keep them on some paper towel to drain the excess oil.

Combine all the ingredients listed for the sauce in a wok or large frying pan. Here’s where it depends on your taste. If you like your sauce more sharp then add more soy sauce. If you like it more sweet add some more honey or sugar, or some pineapple juice. You can add chilli flakes as well. Once the sauce starts bubbling add the vegetables and chicken, toss and let everything combine for a few minutes, then serve with steamed rice or egg fried rice.

 

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3 thoughts on “Sweet and Sour Chicken

  1. Fatima,
    be kind to my soul and put together an easy chicken in oyster sauce recipe?
    Chinese food is my favorite cuisine but no recipe I’ve seen online gives that desi-amazing Chinese taste.

  2. Pingback: Egg Fried Rice | all things food

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