26 July 2016

Sweet and sour power

I came across this recipe on another foodie blog yesterday.  It was titled Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken.  Healthy because the chicken was shallow- rather than deep-fried.  I'm not convinced that this makes the meal overly healthy, given it still contains a truckload of sugar.  However, it was very quick and easy to make, contains veges (and you could easily add more in), and was incredibly tasty.  I will definitely be making it again.  This fed 4 people, and you'll likely find you have some sauce leftover, which could be thrown into a lasagna sauce, or some kind of curry, or...  So - I totally recommend this meal, but enjoy it for it's ease and taste, not for its health benefits.  ;) 

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
1/3 cup cornflour 
oil/butter for frying
1 capsicum (I used red), chopped
cup of greens - I used combination of peas and very finely chopped broccoli
1/2 onion, diced
pineapple chunks, optional

1 cup sugar 
1 cup apple cider vinegar
juice of 2-3 limes
4 tbsp soy sauce
italian seasoning
2 large clove garlic, crushed or finely diced
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 tbsp cornflour + 4 tbsp water
  1. Start by preparing the sauce - bring all sauce ingredients, except the cornflour and water, to the boil in a small saucepan.  Lower heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Whisk together the cornflour and water, until cornflour is dissolved, and stir into sauce, stirring until thickened.  Either remove from heat, or keep on a low heat (depending how far in advance you're making the sauce - I made it earlier in the day, then reheated it when we cooked the chicken and ate).  
  2. Put some rice on, so it's ready when the chicken's ready.  
  3. Put chicken pieces and cornflour into a large ziplock bag.  Seal and shake, to coat the chicken.  Heat oil/butter in a large pan, add coated chicken and saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Add capsicum, onion and greens (you could use a green capsicum, if you don't have, or don't feel like, other greens).  Continue to cook until chicken browning and cooked through.  
  4. Add sauce to chicken, stir through and serve with rice or roti.  Top with a few pieces of pineapple.  

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