Sweet & Sour Chicken and Fried Rice

04 Jan
Sweet & Sour Chicken and Fried Rice

I actually faced one of my fears tonight and made Chinese food for dinner.  I’ve always been afraid to fix Chinese food because I figured I couldn’t possibly make it as good as the restaurants because they use some secret ingredient that nobody knows about, don’t they?  Apparently they don’t….because mine tasted as good if not better than what I get at the restaurants.  Plus, I love that it is baked instead of deep fried in all of that grease and it tastes awesome!!  This was extremely yummy and everyone, even my 2 1/2 year old who loves rice, peas and carrots, ate it all up! 

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
For the chicken coating:
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt + pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
For the sweet and sour sauce:
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs.  Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned but not cooked through. Place the chicken in a 9×13 greased baking dish. Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for one hour and during the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes. 

After cooking in the oven...mmmmmmm

Fried  Rice                                                                                             
3 cups cooked white rice                                            
3 tbs sesame oil
1 cup frozen peas and carrots (thawed)
1 small onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup soy sauce
 On medium high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok.  Add the peas/carrots mix, onion and garlic. Stir fry until tender. Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side, then pour your eggs on the other side of skillet and stir fry until scrambled. Now add the rice and soy sauce and blend all together well. Stir fry until thoroughly heated!  YUMMO!!
This rice was amazing as well and my daughter especially loved it!  She had two helpings!!
You too can cook Chinese food at home that tastes better than the restaurants!  I hope you get to sit down to a plate like this very soon!!
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Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Chinese


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