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Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables

Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables, a tasty dish ready in about 15 minutes. So much better and a lot healthier than any take away. Serve it with rice or noodles for a truly Asian feast.

Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables

Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables

I went to a restaurant the other day where they have a some sort of buffet with dishes from different cuisines. My sixteen-month old adores noodles, she would have them anytime of the day without complaining. Tackling cutlery is still a work in progress, what can do a better job than her own little hands?

She gets grumpy if l try and feed her, and prefers helping herself. I can’t even tell the mess she ends up making. l had to learn to turn a blind eye to messy meal times and be happy that she eats well. I know, it’s not easy! So, while she was demolishing her bowl of noodles, mummy got to have some sweet and sour chicken too.

Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables

Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables

It was pretty good, l suppose,  although l found the chicken to be a bit hard and the sauce quite sharp, l suspect the cook got way too enthusiastic about using vinegar and dropped a tad more than he should have. Anyway, that gave me some inspiration to cook the sweet and sour chicken myself and to my own taste this time.

There are lots of recipes out there for sweet and sour chicken (or any other meat). Some of them use fresh or canned fruit for that sharp, yet sweet taste. But l think l prefer using only vegetables and then add ketchup, sugar and vinegar. Somehow, fruit in meaty dishes are not my thing.

The chicken is cooked so nicely, it is still soft when you eat it and the sauce really hits the spot. I had mine with rice, but noodles are great too. In fact, it’s so hard to choose between them, l absolutely adore them both. So, there you go, your own Asian dish ready in no time.

Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables

Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables

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Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables
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Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables, a delicious Asian-inspired dish that tastes so much better than any take-away.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 458 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 250 g chicken breast (diced) (1/2 lb)
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar (65 ml)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/2 courgette
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2.5 cm fresh ginger root
  • 2 spring onions
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken in a bag, add one tablespoon of corn flour, half a teaspoon of salt and the ground pepper and seal the bag.

  2. Shake it well so that the chicken can be coated evenly.

  3. Heat up two tablespoons of oil in a pan, add the chicken and fry until brown and cooked through.

  4. Peel and grate the garlic cloves and ginger, chop the spring onions and add them to a wok together with half a teaspoon of oil.

  5. Stir for 30 seconds, then add the vegetables chopped roughly.

  6. Stir well for about 5 minutes, so that the vegetables can soften. A high heat is recommended when stir frying.

  7. Season with salt to taste.

  8. In a separate pan, combine the ketchup, soy sauces, vinegar, sugar and sesame oil.

  9. Mix one tablespoon of corn flour with two tablespoons of cold water, then add the mixture to the pan.

  10. Stir gently on a medium heat until the sauce thickens.

  11. Pour it over the vegetables, add the cooked chicken and mix well.

  12. Serve hot!

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 2198mg 92%
Potassium 959mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 18g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 48.5%
Vitamin C 111.4%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables

Sweet and sour chicken with vegetables

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Millie Thom
    November 12, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    This has got to be one of the most colourful and attractive dishes I’ve seen for a while.And it sounds delicious! I enjoyed reading about your visit to the restaurant and how it inspired you to create your own recipe.

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      November 12, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you, Millie! It’s a nice dish and easy to make. Sometimes l wonder what else to cook, and it helps that l’m always happy to try different dishes.

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