Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry

This chicken stir fry is a quick and easy meal that isn’t quite as heavy as the sweet & sour chicken you’d typically get at chinese restaurants because the chicken is just lightly coated in corn starch and isn’t deep fried.¬† The key is to get the pan very hot before adding the chicken so that it gets a nice brown crust but remains juicy and tender in the middle.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Use a wok if you have one but I fired up the trusty cast iron pan and that worked great.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry

I just used store bought sweet & sour sauce because it’s convenient, but here is a recipe for sweet and sour sauce.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Recipe adapted from Steamy KItchen’s Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Serves 3-4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut to about 1 inch chuncks)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil (with a high smoke point: vegetable, canola)
  • 10oz pineapple chunks
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1 red bell pepper (cut into large pieces)
  • 1/2 onion (cut into large pieces)
  • 3/4 cups sweet & sour sauce

Directions

1. Combine chicken, egg white, salt and corn starch in a bowl. Mix and let sit for at least 15 minutes.
2. Heat a large saute pan or wok over high heat. Add oil, wait a minute for the oil to heat up then add chicken. Distribute chicken throughout pan then leave to cook for a minute. Flip pieces and cook for another 2 minutes then remove from pan (chicken will still be pink in the middle) and set on a clean plate.
3. Turn heat to medium. Add onion, pepper and ginger. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pineapple and sweet and sour sauce. Stir and wait until sauce is bubbling, then add chicken. Continue cooking another 2-5 minutes until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

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