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In Chinese, sweet and sour chicken is known as 甜酸鸡 (pronounced tian2-suan1-ji1).


Classic sweet and sour chicken recipe

Batter Ingredients
1 cup flour
1 cup cold water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teapoon baking powder (not baking soda)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper, white

1lb (450g) of white chicken meat (eg. chicken breast), cut into cubes or strips
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper, white
1 cup flour

vegetable oil (such as peanut oil) for deep frying
vegetable oil (such as canola oil), 2 tablespoons, for frying vegetables

2 onions, sliced into squares
2 green peppers, sliced into squares
2 tomatoes, diced

Sauce Ingredients
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
6 tablespoons of tomato puree (or 8 tablespoons of ketchup)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1 cup of water or chicken broth
1 can of pineapple chunks (or pineapple rings cut into squares)

Cooking Directions

(Part A) Prepare the battered chicken
1. Mix 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon white pepper together with the chicken cubes, and set it aside for 15 minutes (If you put it in a refrigerator, use cling wrap to cover the bowl so the chicken doesn't dry out).
2. Prepare the batter as follows: In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup flour, 1 cup cold water, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon white pepper. Mix thoroughly.
3. Set out 1 cup flour in a dish, and toss the chicken cubes in flour to coat them.
4. Then dip the chicken cubes into the batter to coat them.
5. Heat oil in a wok or a deep fryer and deep-fry the chicken cubes until they are golden brown. (cut one piece open to make sure they are cooked through).
6. Remove and set aside.

(Part B) Prepare the vegetables
7. Heat a pan using medium-high heat, and add 2 teablesppons vegetable oil to it.
8. Add onions and green peppers. Stir-fry until onions are semi-transparent.
9. Add tomatoes and stir-fry for another minute or so.
10. Remove and set aside together with the chicken cubes.

(Part C) Prepare the sauce
11. Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat.
12. Once the sauce thickens, remove it from heat.
13. Add in the pineapple chunks.

14. Pour sauce over the chicken cubes and vegetables, and serve.

If you prefer a less sweet version, simply add less sugar. Likewise, use less vinegar if you prefer a less sour version. Remember that tomato ketchup is quite sweet, so if you use more ketchup, your dish will become sweeter.


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A versatile dish - make it your own

It's very easy to add your own special touch to this versatile dish. A dash of tobasco or a spot of wine or dry sherry in the sauce and you'll have a version that is yours!



Cornstarch (also known as Cornflour)

Cornstarch is a fine powder made by grinding a part of the corn kernal known as the endosperm. It is used in many recipes because it can thicken sauces without imparting a flour-like taste. In general, flour shouldn't be used in place of cornstarch because it alters the flavor of a sauce. It can be found at most asian grocers such as Chinese Food DIY (US) or this one (UK).


How to use Cornstarch

It is important that you do not add cornstarch powder directly into the sauces you are preparing in a pan. Always add cornstarch powder to cold water separately, mix it throughly into a slurry, then add it into the sauce being prepared. This way, the cornstarch powder won't clump up into little lumps.

Once cornstarch has been added to your sauce, cook your sauce for at least a minute for the cornstarch to thicken. But don't cook it for too long, or the cornstarch will start to break down and the sauce will come out funny.


Calories in Chicken

Chicken breast, raw, from 1 chicken: 78 calories (nutrition facts)

Chicken thigh, raw: 120 calories
(nutrition facts)

Chicken giblets, raw, from 1 chicken: 29 calories
(nutrition facts)

Chicken drumstick, raw: 44 calories
(nutrition facts)