Whenever I order Chinese food, I almost always get sweet & sour chicken. I’m pretty sure it’s a western dish and not authentic Chinese, but either way – it’s still absolutely delicious. Anyway, I wanted to come up with a way to make it at home. The great thing about this recipe is that most of the ingredients are likely already in your kitchen. The only thing I had to go to the store to grab were pineapple chunks in 100% juice.
Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s fairly healthy and easy to make Paleo (if you are following that type of diet.)
This recipe feeds 3 – 4 people.
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1/2 Green Pepper
1/2 Red Pepper
1/2 Cup of Pineapple Chunks (in 100% Juice)
Sesame Seeds (optional)
1/4 cup Pineapple Juice
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Ketchup
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Anytime I cook, I like creating a mise en place. This is a french term which basically means that you have all of your ingredients prepped before you start cooking. This way, it is so much easier and less stressful when it comes to the actual cooking the meal.
First things first, prep the veggies. Cut the green pepper, red pepper, and onion into cubes and put aside. Then, open the can of pineapple chunks and strain them. BE SURE TO SAVE THE JUICE. You will be using this for your sauce. Take 1/2 cup of the pineapple chunks and set aside. (save the rest for a yummy snack later!)
Next, prep your sauce. Add the pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic powder and whisk until combined.
Lastly, prep your chicken. Cut the chicken into bite size cubes (about 1 inch x 1 inch) then season the chicken with salt and pepper. Next, take a Ziploc bag and add some cornstarch to it. In batches, add some of the chicken to the bag and shake it to coat. You can skip this step if you want to make this a Paleo recipe.
Time To Cook!
Next, in a small pan, add the sauce mixture and stir over medium – low heat. After a few minutes, it should start to thicken. However, if it doesn’t and the sauce needs a little help getting there, whisk together 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with a little bit of water and add the solution to the sauce. Just be sure that the solution is well blended to prevent lumps. Stir together over medium heat.
Then, in a large pan, heat some oil and add the chicken. Cook until browned on all sides (About 5 minutes). Next, add the veggies and pineapple. Mix together and let the veggies cook for another 2 – 3 minutes. Finally, add the sauce and mix all together. Serve alone or over rice. If desired, top with sesame seeds.