Sunday, March 24, 2013

10 Steps To The Best Sweet and Sour Chicken

(Photo courtesy of The Cheeky Cafe)

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” ― Orson Welles

   In the recent quest to find ways to cook at home and make it oh-so-tasty, The Wife stumbled across a recipe at Made It And Loved It that is to DIE for. The Wife made it, and yes, we loved it. It's only been two or three weeks and we've made it 4 times, with leftovers that are just as good as when it's fresh. I've been trying to round it to 10 easy steps so that 'yer done before you can say "COMBO NUMBER 5!!!"  Check it out. 

The Cheeky Daddy's 10 Steps to The Best Sweet and Sour Chicken
(prep time: 20-25 minutes   -   cook time 30 minutes)

Chicken Breading:                                     Sauce:
3-5 chicken breast salt and pepper                3/4 cups sugar
1 cup cornstarch                                          4 Tablespoons ketchup (or barbecue sauce)
2 eggs, beaten                                            1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil                                         1 Tablespoon soy sauce
                                                                  1 teaspoon garlic salt

1. Rinse chicken, trim off fat or extras and then cut into 1 inch cubes. season with salt and pepper.
2. Set out the bowl of corn starch and bowl of the two scrambled eggs. 
3. Dip chicken into cornstarch and coat all the way and then into eggs.
4. Heat oil in large skillet. Cook chicken until browned.
5. Be sure to lightly separate pieces so there's not one giant piece.
6. Combine sauce ingredients and whisk until smooth. 
7. Place chicken in non-stick baking pan and pour sauce over chicken. 
8. Mix in chicken lightly to coat both sides. 
9. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, then flip chicken pieces over and bake for another 15 minutes. 
10. Serve over rice with any combination of vegetable to taste, and prepare to be amazed. 

(10 steps photographed)
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   I hope you try this one out. I've enjoyed this dish as much as, if not more, than any restaurant I've been to. It's now a reward for me helping more around the house, with the kids etc. The Wife KNOWS she's got me. I don't mind,'s just soooooo good!


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