Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Authentic Chinese Restaurant Sweet & Sour Chicken

This has got to be the most popular Chinese restaurant dish, it is often too sweet for me but this one is just right.

Prep and cooking time 35 – 40 minutes                      Serves 4

You will need:
350 gm chicken breast
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tbs Chinese rice wine
1 beaten egg
2 tbs plain flour
Oil for deep frying

For the sauce
1 tbs seasoned oil
1 small onion, cut into small cubes
½ green pepper, cut into small cubes
1 small carrot, cut into small cubes
1 tbs light soy sauce
2 tbs soft brown sugar
3 tbs rice vinegar
1 tbs tomato ketchup
100 ml stock
1 tbs thin cornflour paste

Cut the chicken into small bite size cubes and marinate in the salt, pepper and wine for 15 – 20 minutes. Coat the meat with the egg and flour and deep fry for about 3 – 4 minutes, stir to separate, remove and drain.
Reheat the oil and re-fry the meat for another minute or two until golden brown. Remove and drain.
To make the sauce, stir fry the vegetables for about a minute then add the seasoning and the stock, bring to the boil and add the cornflour to thicken. Add the chicken blend well so that each piece is coated with the sauce and serve hot.

I had mine tonight with boiled rice, but it goes equally well with fried rice.

One tip I would like to give you about your wok, never wash it in soapy water. Rinse it with plain water and then rub a little oil into it, this will keep it non stick.


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