Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
Sweet and sour chicken is a very popular dish and there are several different ways to make it. this is one we like.
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
- 3⁄4 cup baby carrots
- 1 cucumber
- 1⁄2 red bell pepper
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 teaspoons chinese rice wine or 2 teaspoons dry sherry
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 -2 egg, lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons potato starch (*)
- 4 1⁄2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons black vinegar
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 4 1⁄2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3⁄8 teaspoon chili sauce (to taste)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cornstarch, mixed with
- 6 teaspoons water
- 3 1⁄4 cups oil, for deep-frying and stir-frying
- Cut the chicken into 1/2-inch cubes. Marinate in the rice wine and cornstarch for 30 minutes.
- While the chicken is marinating, prepare the vegetables: mince the garlic clove, peel and cut the cucumber into thin slices, and cut the red pepper into cubes. Chop the baby carrots. Bring a large pot of water to boil and blanch the carrots in the boiling water. Drain.
- In a small saucepan, add the ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and keep warm.
- To deep-fry the chicken: Preheat 3 cups of oil to 350 - 375 degrees Fahrenheit. While waiting for the oil to heat, brush the chicken cubes with the beaten egg and dip in the potato starch to cover. Deep-fry the dredged chicken pieces in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the wok. Deep-fry for 3 - 4 minutes until the chicken turns golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
- To deep-fry the chicken a second time if desired: bring the oil temperature up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Deep-fry the chicken in batches, until the chicken turns brown. Drain on paper towels.
- Drain all but 2 tablespoons oil from the wok. When oil is hot, add the garlic and stir-fry briefly. Add the carrots. Stir-fry for about 1 minute, then add the red peppers. Add the cucumber or save to use as a garnish. Bring the sauce back up to a boil and add to the wok, mixing with the vegetables. Add the chicken. Heat through and serve over rice. Garnish with the cucumber if desired.
- *Cornstarch can be substituted for the potato starch.