Introduction: When I came to America 10 years ago, I have been introduced to Chinese food. One of my favorite Chinese food is Sweet and Sour Chicken. This is how I make my own, totally MSG free.
- 1 lb of de-boned chicken cut into bite size cubes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp of salt
- ½ tsp of pepper
- ½ tsp of garlic powder
- ½ tsp of paprika
- Frying oil
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, shredded 1
- 20-ounce can pineapple chunks in juice
- ½ cup reserved pineapple juice
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tbsps of corn starch dissolved in 2 tbsps of cold water
- In a bowl place flour and seasonings in a shallow bowl and mix. Beat the eggs with milk in a separate bowl and add over the flour, mix until well combined. You should get a paste of consistency that allows the chicken to coat in the mixture easily and sticks to it.
- Coat the chicken with the mixture, by dipping the pieces into the bowl
- In a frying pan, add ½-inch vegetable oil, heat to deep-frying temperature
- Drop pieces into the hot oil and fry until deep golden brown, turning as necessary to cook evenly on all sides. When golden brown, remove to a paper towel plate to drain, set aside.
- Place pineapple and water in sauce pan, heat over low flame 6. Slowly add sugar while stirring
- When sugar has dissolved, slowly add the vinegar and the lemon juice while stirring
- Add corn starch slurry and stir while heating, bring to a boil.
- Stir constantly until thickened, remove from heat and set aside.
- Add a little vegetable oil to a large frying pan over medium heat
- Add vegetables (except the pineapple) and sauté, stirring frequently, until onions soften up
- Add sweet and sour sauce and continue cooking and stirring until vegetable are bite tender
- Add pineapple and chicken bits and fold into the vegetables and sauce.
- Simmer until heated through. Serve over white or brown rice.
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