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Saturday, August 18, 2012

My first shot at a Pinterest recipe!

Sweet and Sour Chicken over Rice

So I woke up today with a thought: I pin so many recipes on Pinterest, but I haven't made a single one of them yet. Well, it's time to start! So for the next full week I plan on making for dinner all the different recipes that I've pinned. 

Whoa boy... I'm nervous. I admit that I'm not the greatest cook on the planet, I crown my mother in that roll. I'm not bad though. I've had many failures in the kitchen... but every once in a while, I have greatness! So lets give these recipes a shot.

Tonight, I made Sweet and Sour Chicken. It was delish! Here's the recipe

Chicken Breading:
3-5 Chicken Breasts
Salt and Pepper
1 cup of Cornstarch
2 Eggs beaten
1/3 cup of Canola Oil

Rinse chicken, trim off fat or extras and then cut into 1 inch cubes. season with salt and pepper. Dip chicken into cornstarch and coat all the way and then into eggs. Heat oil in large skillet. Cook chicken until browned. Place in baking dish. 3 chicken breasts can be in a 9x9 but 5 chicken breasts fits better in a 9x13.

3/4 Cup of Sugar
4 Tablespoons of Ketchup
1/2 cup of white distilled Vinegar
1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon of Garlic salt.

Whisk until smooth. Then pour evenly over chicken. Turn chicken so the sauce gets on both sides and then put in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. turn chicken and then cook for 15 more minutes.

My thoughts/ Suggestions
Both my husband and I really enjoyed this recipe. It tastes just like (well, almost like) real Sweet and Sour chicken that you order from that Chinese restaurant down the road. Served over rice it was so tasty. However there are a couple of things I would change for the next time I make this.

First, I would definitely use larger shallow bowls for the Cornstarch and the Egg. I used cereal bowls.. Yeah.. try fitting all that chicken into a small ass cereal bowl. It wasn't pretty. So make sure the bowls are big so you can fit all of the chicken pieces in at once.

This is a messy recipe. I recommend laying down some paper towels, maybe a drop cloth to save you from hosing down your counter top in the middle of cooking dinner.

If you use 5 chicken breasts, use 3 eggs. You may just run out.

Also, make sure that you leave the chicken to cook long enough in the oil to get a little crispy on the outside. I took mine out when it was done, but the chicken wasn't crispy enough for my tastes.

Definitely will make this again and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a Chinese fix.

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