I have made this twice in two weeks! My picky daughter loves this dinner and can't get enough of the peppers and pineapple :) This is a fairly guilt-free take-out fake-out meal when you consider that Chinese restaurants bread and then deep fry their chicken, this is stir fried instead. Thanks for reading, enjoy! :)
Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken – adapted from Steamy Kitchen via The Shiksa
- 1 egg white
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt, divided
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 can (8 to 10 oz) pineapple chunks in juice (reserve the juice)
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2-3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1-2 pinches cayenne pepper (or more to taste– spicy!)
- 2 tbsp high heat cooking oil, divded (ex. grapeseed, peanut oil)
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
In a bowl, whisk together the egg white, cornstarch, and 1/4 tsp of the salt. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat evenly. Let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
Meanwhile, whisk together 1/4 cup of the reserved pineapple juice, ginger, vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, remaining 1/4 tsp of salt, and 1-2 pinches cayenne pepper (or more to taste–optional).
Set a wok or large saute pan over high heat. When a bead of water instantly sizzles and evaporates, pour in 1 tbsp of the oil and swirl to coat. Add the red and yellow bell pepper chunks and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the wok onto a plate. Wipe the wok or pan dry.
Return the wok to the stove on high heat. When a bead of water instantly sizzles and evaporates, pour in the remaining 1 tbsp of oil and swirl to coat (be sure to fully coat the pan so the meat won’t stick). Add the chicken to the pan, spreading it out in one layer.
Let the chicken fry, untouched, for 1 minute, until the bottoms are browned. Flip and fry the other side the same for 1 minute. The chicken will still be pinkish in the middle.
Add the cooked bell peppers, pineapple chunks, and pineapple juice mixture to the pan. Let simmer for about 2 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes till the sauce thickens. Serve over Jasmine rice.