Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sweet and Sour chicken with fried rice

Okay seriously people this is my new favorite Chinese chicken recipe. I saw it on Pinterest and had to make it. I of course added a few things, but it is perfect. The fried rice I make is also better than any other take out fried rice I've had. Jack and I have made this twice this past week and are making it again tomorrow evening it's that good. Best part is you can easily make this for just two people.

Sweet and sour chicken Ingredients: (makes a little over 2 servings)

  • 2 boneless chicken breast cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup of corn starch
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbs chili paste

Step 1: After cutting the chicken into small pieces put it into a strainer. Crack one egg over the chicken and pour on a good amount of the cornstarch. Mix it all together with your hands.

Step 2: Pan fry the chicken with a little bit of oil and pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. You don't want the chicken to cook all the way through just enough so it's browned.

Step 3: While the chicken is pan frying mix together the ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce.

Step 4: After the chicken is browned pour it into a small baking dish and pour the sweet and sour sauce over the top.

Step 5: Get a glass of water and fill it half way with water and half with corn starch and mix it together. Pour a little bit of the mixture into the chicken. Put it in the oven and bake it for about 45 minutes checking on it periodically. If the sauce doesn't look thick enough pour more of the water/cornstarch mixture into it.

That's it! It's super easy to make and is perfect for a quick meal.

Fried Rice Ingredients: This only takes about 5-10 minutes to make so I usually start after the chicken has been in the oven for 25 minutes.

  • 1-2 cups leftover rice
  • chopped carrots
  • chopped peas
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • chopped yellow onions
  • 2-3 scrambeled eggs
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • chili garlic paste
Step 1: Pour a little bit of oil in a frying pan and let it heat up. Then pour the rice in and mush it down. It will be a little difficult and take some effort. 

Step 2: After the rice has cooked down a bit pour in the peas and carrots. Let that cook a little bit before putting in the onions. 

Step 3: Push the rice to one side and pour in the scrambled eggs on the other. Let it cook then mix it all together.

Step 4: Throw in the garlic then put in enough soy sauce so that the rice turns brown. Mix in the chili garlic paste then right before you're done cooking throw in a couple dashes of the sesame oil. Sesame oil burns really fast so you want to just pour it on mix it then take it off the stove immediately.

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