Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Sweet and Sour Chicken
Restaurant Style Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and sour is a generic term that encompasses many styles of sauce, cuisine and cooking methods. It originates from China, and is also popular in Europe and North America.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained (juice reserved)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 3/4 cups water, divided
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 drops orange food color
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces

Method

  • In a saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, vinegar, reserved pineapple juice, and orange food coloring. Heat to boiling. Turn off heat. Combine 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water; slowly stir into saucepan. Continue stirring until mixture thickens.
  • Combine flour, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, salt, white pepper, and egg. Add 1 1/2 cups water gradually to make a thick batter. Stir to blend thoroughly. Add chicken pieces, and stir until chicken is well coated.
  • Heat oil in skillet or wok to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C). Fry chicken pieces in hot oil 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove chicken, and drain on paper towels.
  • When ready to serve, layer green peppers, pineapple chunks, and cooked chicken pieces on a platter. Pour hot sweet and sour sauce over top.
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Restaurant Style Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken

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