Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

Summary

We love Chinese food. Claire, my four year old, could eat her weight in sweet and sour chicken. And Matt’s not far behind her. This recipe is stellar for entertaining people because you’re baking the chicken after a quick fry. You could do the quick fry the night before so that all you need to do is add the sauce and bake. Also, because you bake it, you could easily take it with you to someone’s home. We made the sweet and sour but Matt loves spicy food and thought this recipe would work brilliantly for General Tso’s chicken. And it does. So below I will have the sauce for either recipe.

Adapted from recipe at Life as a Lofthouse.



Ingredients

Chicken
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup canola oil

Sweet & Sour Sauce
3/4 cup sugar
4 Tbs ketchup
¼ cup vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
½ green bell pepper, julienned (watch here if you’re not sure how to julienne)

1 8 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained

General Tso
1 cup hoisin sauce
½ cup rice vinegar
6 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch

3 tablespoons tomato paste
3-4 roasted and crushed garlic
3 cups water

1-2 Thai chile pepper OR

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


Cooking Instructions

The Prep
     Step 1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

The Sauces

     Step 2. Mix all your sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk (excluding the green bell peppers and pineapple for the sweet and sour sauce or the Thai chile pepper for the General Tso’s sauce; you will stir those ingredients into the sauce after you have combined all the other ingredients).


The Chicken
     Step 3. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes.
     Step 4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
     Step 5. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs.
     Step 6. Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned (it doesn’t need to       be cooked through).
     Step 7. Place the chicken in a 9x13 greased baking dish.
     Step 8. Pour evenly over the chicken and bake for one hour.
     Step 9. During the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.

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