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Thank you for visiting my blog...and for allowing me to share with you my addiction. I love to collect recipes. I love to read cookbooks. I have been collecting recipes for as long as I can remember, and on any given day there are one or two (or more!) cookbooks residing on my nightstand!

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Sweet and Sour Chicken

At one of my recent Scrumptious Sunday Link Parties, Mandy from Mandy's Recipe Box posted her Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe.  My husband loves Chinese food (I'm not a big fan) but her recipe spoke to me as one I should make as a treat for my husband. And since all the ingredients are items I normally stock in my pantry, it was easy to put together! 

Here is what I did:

A great at-home recipe for this popular restaurant dish
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (partially thawed)
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 eggs (beaten)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
salt and pepper, to taste

3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soya sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 325F.

Prepare two bowls for dipping - one with cornstarch and one with the beaten eggs.

Heat vegetable oil in frying pan.

Clean chicken breasts and cut into pieces. Mandy recommended cutting the chicken while still partially frozen, which did make cutting the chicken easier.  Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Coat chicken in cornstarch by dipping in bowl.  After cornstarch, dip into the egg mixture, coating the chicken.  Place chicken in the heated oil and cook for a few minutes (but do not cook through).

While the chicken is cooking in the pan, prepare the sweet and sour mix.  Using a whisk, mix together the sugar, ketchup, vinegar, soya sauce and garlic powder.

Once the chicken is browned, place the chicken in an 8x8 baking dish.  Coat the chicken with the sauce.  Bake for 1 hour, turning the chicken every 15 minutes.

VERDICT:
Both my husband and oldest son were skeptical about what I was making for dinner.  We told our son that it was "plum sauce chicken" because he loves plum sauce and figured that would help to get him to eat it.  After their first bites, they both said "Yum!" My son said that the "Chicken was very good, Mommy" and my husband cleaned his plate!  We did both agree that we'd like to add a little more "crunch" to the chicken the next time we cook it, and as much I would like crushed almonds (but hunny is allergic) we both thought we should try adding panko to the recipe.




24 comments:

  1. This looks great and easy, my kind of recipe! I might add pineapple and snap peas in the mix, but it seems I am adding them to everything these days! I am following you via email. :)

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    1. Thanks Val! And yes, I agree, the pineapple and snap peas would be a tasty addition - thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. Hi! We came over from the Sunday Social on The Grant Life. this recipe looks DELICIOUS! We can't wait to try it. We're a new follower on Linky...we'd love to have you come on over and say hello. We write about adventures in travel, food, and life.

    earth2body sisters,
    wendy & lisa

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    1. Thanks so much! I will certainly come check you out!

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  3. I just bought a huge box of Panko bread crumbs! I'll have to try this out and with those. :-)

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    1. I'm also thinking instead of baking, to cook in a slow cooker.

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  4. I'm glad you liked it! This is a keeper at my house. Have a great week!

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  5. Looks yummY! I love sweet and sour chicken.

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    1. It really was tasty - surprised myself :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering just looking at that! And I happen to have all of the ingredients! I think I'll be making this for dinner tomorrow. :)

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  7. This looks delicious. I have to bookmark this page! Dinner is one of my biggest stressors, so I'm always looking for something to cook that everyone might actually eat.

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    1. Dinner IS stressful, isn't it? Always having to come up with ideas and keep up a variety so that everyone is happy and doesn't get bored. If you haven't checked out my weekly recipe party, you should - it's another GREAT way to find new recipes - I just love it! (of course, I am addicted to recipes! LOL)

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  8. These look really lovely! Add in some stir fry veggies and I'd think I was totally being spoiled. I will have to treat myself to this I think my husband would love it too.

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    1. Sounds delicious Cheryl! Hope you enjoy :-)

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  9. Just hopping over from Sasse Life Blog Hop and found this yummy recipe. Yes, I also so love to cook and collect recipes. I am now following you on Linky Followers:)

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  10. Dawn this liiks so good, and easy to make, I am bookmarking this. thanks for sharing.

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  11. I didn't know that was the ingredients for sweet and sour chicken, so simple and it looks delicous!

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  12. Oh, this looks like a yummy recipe! I have to fudge a bit with my family...but now that they're older, they've gotten wise to my vague answers :)

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  13. This sounds great... adding to pinterest!

    Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower and look forward to finding some more great recipes!

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  14. This is one of my favorites when I go to restaurants! Thanks for the recipe, it looks easier than I thought. Stopping by from http://sassyshopperreviews.blogspot.com/

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  15. I do believe my stomach growled when I saw the picture of this!

    Thanks so much for joining Flock Together this week at Mom’s Best Nest !

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  16. I've made this a few times , it's so good!!

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