Friday, April 6, 2012

Sweet & Sour Chicken

A woman in my neighborhood who is an excellent cook used to make this all the time while I was growing up. I finally asked her for the recipe so I could make it for my family. It is very yummy! It has a different flavor than traditional sweet and sour sauce found at a chinese food restaurant. It is easy to prepare but time consuming, because you have to bread and fry up the little pieces of chicken before baking them in the sauce in the oven. It sure makes a delicious meal when you're all done though :)

Sweet & Sour Chicken
by Chelsey W.

4 chicken breasts
garlic salt
2 eggs
oil (vegetable, canola, or olive)

Trim fat from chicken and cut up into bite size pieces. Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt. Dip chicken pieces in corn starch and then the beaten egg. Fry chicken until golden brown in small amount of oil. Place fried chicken in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Cover chicken with the following sauce.

3/4 c sugar
1/2 c vinegar
1/4 c ketchup
1/4 c chicken broth
1 Tbsp soy sauce

Bring ingredients to a boil in a saucepan and then pour over the chicken. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or up to an hour if your chicken pieces are very large (you want your chicken cooked through). Stir every 15 min. Serve baked chicken over rice.

*I usually double the sauce ingredients and pour half onto chicken and keep half in saucepan for extra sauce to eat with the rice. Don't place doubled sauce on the chicken because it will become too soggy and you'll lose all the breading. Let the extra sauce just simmer for a while to cook it down and thicken a bit.

**I was told if you want a simple version of this recipe you can skip the part where you bread and fry up the chicken and simply put the whole chicken breasts in the crockpot, pour the sauce on top, and cook them for a few hours until chicken falls apart.Then serve over rice.

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