Sweet & Sour Chicken…糖醋鸡

Give this Chinese takeaway favorite a try yourself, I can guarantee that you will definitely enjoy it much more. The following recipe will give you dinner party classic that is perfect for all.

Ingredients

Meat and Batter
250g chicken breasts meat (diced) (Vegetarians try Paneer cheese here)
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp rice wine (Halal option use grape juice or apple juice)
1 tsp corn flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup corn flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 pinch Salt
1 tsp cooking oil
1 egg
1/2 cup water

Sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1/2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp corn flour
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp water

And the rest
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 onion, cut into small pieces
2 pcs of canned pineapple rings or 100g pineapple diced

Method

1. Start by marinating your diced chicken breast with 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp rice wine ,   1 tsp corn flour. Give it a good mix and let it marinate for around 20-30 minutes (the longer the better, as the meat absorbs more of that flavour)

2. Cut both your red and green bell peppers into cubes, also cut 2 pcs of pineapple rings into small pieces, for my recipe i used a fresh pineapple and saved the rest of it for breakfast. Once you have diced your fruit start chopping 1 clove of garlic and one onion. (if you use the same board and knife remember to wash it)

3. Sift 1/2 cup plain flour with 1/4 cup corn flour and then add 1 tsp baking soda, pinch of salt, 1 tsp cooking oil, crack an egg and then 1/2 cup water into the flour then mix batter until smooth.

4. Coat your diced meat with batter and then deep-fry until golden brown

5. For the sauce: Add 2 tbsp ketchup, 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, 1/2 tsp rice vinegar, 1 tsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp corn flour, 1 tsp sugar, 2 tbsp water, and mix.

6. Heat the wok and stir fry garlic and onion, then add the bell peppers and pineapples

7. When you can begin to smell the peppers add in the crispy deep fried meat and then stir in the sweet and sour sauce

8. Toss and cook until the sauce thickens, TA DAHHH ALL DONE!

*If you don’t want to use chicken you can try adding different ingredients like pork or fish instead of the chicken, I don’t eat pig so I used chicken as my preferred meat.

*If you want to use a Halal substitute for Chinese rice wine try using apple juice or grape juice for this recipe.

* For the veggies out there you could substitute the meat for tofu or Indian Paneer cheese, I would go for Paneer cheese.

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