Last updated on April 23rd, 2019 at 03:17 pm
Sweet and Sour Chicken at home. This chicken is so delicious it will be devoured in no time. Who needs take out, make this in the comfort of your own home.
I’m sure somewhere in the world it’s warm and sunny and people are wearing their shorts or short skirts and flip flops. I envy those people! I wonder does anyone envy me? The snow mountains in front of the house getting bigger instead of melting, snowing every day, wearing my thick winter jacket, snow boots and all? Anyone? There must be some snow bunnies out there. If you do envy my cold snowy weather can we switch?
Now I have to tell you about one of my all time favorite foods. Chicken of course, but sweet and sour chicken is right up there at the top of the list. Sweet and sour chicken is a dish I always always order whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant. But you know what? I used to be scared to make it thinking it’s so hard. Rubbish! It’s so easy, just like any other fried battered chicken you make. And I’ve been frying chicken for a very very long time. Stop it now. No need to guess my age.
Growing up my mom always made fried chicken, she’d dip it in flour then egg and fry it. Sweet and simple. The only difference with this sweet and sour chicken is that instead of flour you use cornstarch and you make a sauce with it.
My mom never made any sauce yet we still loved it. Actually that’s not true, pretty much with every fried or roasted meat and potatoes we’d have this garlic sauce, which is just to die for and so yummy when you eat it. Just don’t kiss anyone after, you’ll scare them away for good, unless you both eat it. Oh yeah we ate lots of garlic, we’re Romanians after all. Garlic keeps Dracula and vampires away? Did I ever tell you I was born in Transylvania? No? Well that’s a story for another time.
So what makes sweet and sour sauce sweet and sour, you ask? Well my dearies, the main ingredients are sugar and vinegar. Didn’t see that one coming, did you! Plus a couple other ingredients which you’re bound to have at home like soy sauce and ketchup. So you see, you can make this, yes you can! If I can do it, anyone can! Whoa! I can rhyme!
Now off to the kitchen you run and make this for dinner tonight.
For more delicious bite size chicken, try these recipes:
- Oven Fried Breaded Chicken Tenders With Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce
- Asian Glazed Chicken Fingers
- Bang Bang Chicken
- Cuban Chicharrones de Pollo
- Chicken Milanese Bites
- Baked Honey Garlic Chicken
If you guys love this recipe, and most importantly make it yourselves, please let us know. Take a picture and tag it #jocooks on Instagram so we can see it. I always love to see what you guys come up with!
Sweet and Sour Chicken
- 1 lb chicken breasts boneless and skinless, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
- oil for frying
- 3 eggs lightly beaten
- 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 tbsp ketchup
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- sesame seeds
- green onions chopped
- Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the chicken and gently toss making sure each piece of chicken is coated in cornstarch.
- Dip a few pieces of the chicken into the egg and gently toss the chicken around making sure they are coated completely in egg.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet, start with about 1/4 cup. Add a few pieces of chicken at a time and cook just until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. You will have to do this in batches until done. Transfer the chicken to a paper towel-lined plate and discard excess oil.
- To make the sweet and sour sauce whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Add the chicken pieces to the prepared baking dish and pour about 2/3 to 3/4 of the sauce over the chicken and toss so that each piece is coated in the sauce.
- Bake the chicken for 45 minutes, turning it over every 15 minutes.
- Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Use the remainder of the sauce for dipping.