Thursday, October 18, 2012

Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken + Fried Rice

As much as I love a home cooked and HEALTHY meal, sometimes it's nice to change things up a bit..aka it's ok to cook unhealthy sometimes. I've also been in a fun phase of trying new recipes pretty often! So, here is one that I highly recommend...Sweet and Sour Chicken + Fried Rice! Both recipes via Life as a Lofthouse

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
The chicken coating:
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt + pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
The sweet and sour sauce:
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt

Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs.  Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned but not cooked through. Place the chicken in a 9x13 greased baking dish. Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for one hour and during the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.

Fried Rice                                                                                             
3 cups cooked white rice
3 tbs sesame oil
1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed (I couldn't fine just peas and carrots so mine also had green beans!)
1 small onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup soy sauce

On medium high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok.  Add the peas/carrots mix, onion and garlic. Stir fry until tender. Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side, then pour your eggs on the other side of skillet and stir fry until scrambled. Now add the rice and soy sauce and blend all together well. Stir fry until thoroughly heated!

Loved every bit of this recipe and will definitely be making it again!

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