Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken

Cooking Tunes:   The Weeknd – 1. What You Need  2. Wicked Games  & 3. Initiation –  All On repeat, in that order.

It is so easy to just call up the nearest fast food Chinese restaurant and order up some fried rice and sweet and sour chicken.  I decided to try my hand at making it myself.

Obviously, it begins with chicken breast, cubed, a little salt and pepper then dipped into cornstarch then into an egg wash.  It is then browned in a frying pan and then into a baking dish to wait for the sauce.

 

Time to make the sauce which is made up of brown sugar ( I generally lean towards brown sugar for anything requiring sugar), ketchup, white vinegar, soy sauce and garlic salt.  I whisked all the ingredients together and added more any one of them based on how I like the taste.  I like sweet more than sour, so in went a bit more sugar and ketchup.

This mixture was then poured over the browned chicken and then the whole dish put into the oven uncovered for a total of 30 minutes, turning the chicken over and re-coating after 15 minutes. At the end you have sweet and sour chicken.

Plated with some brown rice and sautéed chinese greens and a Fruli Beer.  Dinner done.  

The chicken was moist and tender.  While baking, the sauce thickened up and turned into a sweet and sour glaze. The chicken takes on a nice golden colour.  Tasted great.  Not sugary sweet, not too sour, but more importantly, just exactly how I like it.  That’s the joy of cooking from scratch.  You can tailor it to your own tastes and preferences to create a meal you know you will absolutely enjoy.  I need to cook more often.   =)

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