Better Than Take-Out!

I do not know about you, but with me, I often times get cravings for certain types of foods that we often would order as take out here in America, whether it be Mexican, Italian, American, or Chinese.  I try to limit how much we order out, or go out to eat, as I love to cook and try new things! I have pretty much mastered all types of tacos, have a pretty mean Alfredo recipe that is to die for, and cooking a cheeseburger is pretty dang easy as well… The only thing that I had no clue how to cook was my favorite Chinese takeout dish… Sweet & Sour Chicken!! I felt like there was no way I could get my chicken to taste like my favorite places…BUT news for you all, I have figured it out and I cannot wait to share with you! I am NOT kidding, this Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe is not only DELICIOUS, but pretty easy to make as well! Although it is slightly time consuming I would recommend this ten times out of time! I pair it with a homemade Chicken Fried Rice (which is also amazing)! For your convenience I have listed that recipe below too! I hope your family loves this meal as much as Len and I do! (oh, and my grandma, she liked it too). 

Sweet & Sour Chicken Ingredients 

  • 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Cornstarch
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 Cup Canola Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1 TBS Soy Sauce
  • 1TSP Garlic Salt
  • 1TSP Garlic Powder
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 4 TBS Ketchup 

Directions 

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. 
  • Cut chicken into cubes. Once cut, season with salt and pepper. 
  • In a medium size bowl, begin to coat uncooked chicken with cornstarch. 
  • Heat Canola Oil in a large skillet.
  • While the oil is heating, beat together three eggs and then coat each piece of chicken in the egg. 
  • Once oil is heated, place the chicken in the pan and brown on each side for 2-3 minutes on until slightly brown. 
  • Grease a 9×13 dish and place chicken in the dish. (I prefer to use a glass dish for this) 
  • In a small bowl, mix together the White Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Garlic Powder, Garlic Salt, Sugar, and Ketchup. Which together and when full mixed, pour over chicken. 
  • Place dish in the oven and continue to mix chicken every 15 minutes for 1 full hour. 
  • Serve & Enjoy!

Chicken Fried Rice Ingredients 

  • 3 Cups Cooked Rice (brown or white will do)
  • 1 Ib Boneless Chicken Breast, cubed 
  • 1 TBSP Sesame Oil, divided inhalf 
  • 1 TBSP Canola Oil, divided inhalf
  • 1 1/3 Cups Frozen Vegetables
  • ( I usually choose a mix with peas, carrots, and corn. Any mix will work)
  • 3 Green Onions, chopped 
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 Large Eggs 
  • 3 TBSP Soy Sauce (I prefer Low-Sodium for a less salty taste) 

Directions

  • Heat 1 1/2 TSP of Sesame Oil as well as 1 1/2 TSP of Canola Oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oils are hot, add chicken. Cook chicken for 5-6 minutes or until completely cooked through. Once the chicken is cooked, set aside on a plate. 
  • Once chicken is removed from the skillet, heat the remaining oils and then add the vegetable mix, garlic, and green onions. Saute this mixture for 2-3 minutes and then push to the side. 
  • Crack the three eggs and scramble them in the pan. 
  • Once the eggs have been scrambled, add the cooked rice, chicken, and soy sauce to the pan and mix all ingredients together. 
  • Serve & Enjoy! 

 
We hope that you enjoy this meal as much as we do! Make sure to check the photos below for any questions regarding the steps of the meal!
 

xoxoTTLOJL

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