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Sweet & Sour Chicken


There really are no words for this Sweet & Sour Chicken.  If we are craving Chinese food but don't want to go out, this is our absolute favorite dish to make.  You probably have everything you need on hand already - it's super simple ingredients that come together to create a symphony of flavor.  It takes a little time to dip and brown the chicken to prepare it for the bake, but believe me, the end result makes it totally worth it.  Just throw on some of your favorite music, pour yourself a glass of something bubbly and savor the cooking experience.  This is the ultimate kind of mouth watering deliciousness and your family is going to literally mmmmm and aaaahhhhh all through dinner!

Ingredients:
Chicken:
  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil - more as needed
Sweet & Sour Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.  Spray a 9x13 baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Cut your chicken in to cubes. 
  3. In one bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, salt and pepper.   
  4. In another bowl, whisk the eggs till smooth.  
  5. Heat the oil in a large skillet.
  6. Work with small batches of the chicken at a time.  There should be room in the skillet to brown the pieces without them touching.  Dip the pieces of chicken of chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs and place in the hot oil.  Cook the chicken until the batter is browned on both sides but the chicken is not cooked through. Place the chicken in the prepared baking pan as you finish each batch.  (Add oil in to the pan as needed between batches.)
  7. For the sauce, whisk together the sugar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and garlic salt in a bowl and then drizzle the sauce evenly over the chicken in the baking pan. 
  8. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 then raise the heat to 400, give the chicken a toss and bake for another 20 minutes until golden brown with crispy edges.  
  9. Remove from the oven and serve immediately over rice.

sweet and sour chicken and rice on a white plate

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