Sweet and Sour Chicken

The Recipe

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Home cooked sweet and sour chicken is lighter and fresher tasting than restaurant style cooking. It’s also healthier because the chicken is not deef-fat fried. If desired, a cup of fresh cubed pineapple cn be added in the last minute of cooking.

How it's done

12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Shao Hsing rice wine or dry sherry
3 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/3 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons black soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces

  1. In a medium bowl combine the chicken, garlic, 2 teaspoons of the soy sauce, the rice wine, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the cornstarch, the 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Set aside. In a small bowl combine the broth, black soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ketchup, and the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set the sauce aside.
  2. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in the 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and carefully add the chicken, spreading it evenly in the wok. Cook undisturbed 1 minute, letting the chicken begin to brown. Then, using a metal spatula, stir-fry 1 minute or until the chicken is browned on all sides but not cooked though. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Swirl the remaining 2 teaspoons vegetable oil into the wok, add the peppers and scallions and stir-fry 30 seconds. Stir the sauce and swirl it into the wok. Return the chicken to the wok and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked through and the sauce has slightly thickened. Serves 4 as part of a multicourse meal.

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