Who doesn’t love a good Chinese food take-out night?
I have always loved attempting to make my own Chinese, Thai, and Oriental foods. I’ve attempted – as you can see attempted is the operative word – fried wontons, pad thai, lo mein, sesame chicken and lettuce wraps. I succeeded maybe 2 out of 5 times. So last week as part of my daily routine, I was scouring Pinterest for new recipes and came across one for Sweet & Sour baked Chicken.
I was intrigued.
I have been craving it for some time and figured to test it out for dinner. In pure Anti-Mom fashion, I was missing (and forgot) some of the key ingredients. I said eff it, and just went along with it anyway. I was out that night and my husband ate it before I could try it out. I was praying it wasn’t a huge fail but the final product turned out better than I could have ever imagined. Instead of a typical sweet and sour Chinese chicken, it was more along the lines of a General Tso – all it was missing was a kick of spice.
Better-Than-Takeout Baked Sweet Chinese Chicken
- 3 -4 chicken breast
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 cup of Corn Starch
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup Canola Oil
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 2 TBS Ketchup
- 3 TBS BBQ Sauce
- 1/2 cup Vinegar
- Optional: 1 TBS Soy Sauce (this is the ingredient I forgot. bleh)
- Optional: Red Pepper Flakes for some spice
Pre-heat the oven to 325. Rinse chicken and cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper. Take 2 shallow dishes and beat 2 eggs in one and put the corn starch in the other. Dip the chicken in the corn starch first, then in the eggs.
Heat the canola oil in a large pan on medium-high heat and cook the chicken till it browns but be sure you don’t cook all the way through. Place the browned chicken in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan/dish.
In a small bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients together then pour over it all over the chicken evenly. Bake for 1 hour, giving the chicken a nice stir every 15 minutes.
Try it out, I promise you will not be disappointed. Stay tuned for my Fried Brown Rice recipe. It makes a great freakin’ side to this chicken! YUM!