Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice

This is one of those rare recipes that makes you do a little happy dance when you taste it! I love that it's easy and made with simple ingredients, that most people have in their panrty everyday!

I found this recipe on a food blog called Life as a Lofthouse. The original recipe is called 'Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken', but this really isn't just baked! It's pan fried first, then baked!

This sauce has the perfect balance of sweet and sour! The corn starch and egg dipped chicken pieces, brown up nicely in the frying pan and made a nice coating for the sauce! The sauce in this recipe starts to thicken and caramelize during the last 30 minutes of baking! I kept eating pieces of the chicken while it was baking! I really had to restrain myself from eating all of it before I had a chance to serve it!

I also made the fried rice to go along with the chicken! It's a nice simple fried rice recipe!  They went very well together!
 


Sweet and Sour Chicken

The Chicken Coating:
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts - cut into bite sized pieces
1-2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 -1 tsp. black pepper
1 cup corn starch
2 large eggs - beaten
1/4 cup corn oil

The Sweet and Sour Sauce:
3/4 cup white sugar
4 tbls. ketchup
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tbls. soy sauce
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

DIRECTIONS:
Lightly season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
Dip the chicken pieces into the corn starch to coat. Then dip into the eggs.
Heat a large frying pan on medium/high with corn oil.
Preheat oven to 325°
Pan fry the chicken pieces until browned on both side, but not cooked through.
Place all the browned chicken pieces in a 9x13" baking dish.
Whisk all the sweet and sour sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and pour evenly over the chicken pieces in the baking dish. Bake for one hour and
stir the chicken pieces every 15 minutes during baking.
Serves 4

FRIED RICE:
3 cups cooked white rice (leftover rice works well)
3 tbls. pure sesame oil
1 cup frozen peas - thawed
1 medium onion - chopped
2 large cloves garlic - minced
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 green onions - chopped

Heat a large skillet on medium/high. Add sesame oil. When oil is hot add peas, onions and garlic. Stir constantly and cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes.
Lower the heat to medium/low and push the veggies to one side of the skillet.
Pour in the eggs, cooking and stirring to scramble. Then add the cooked rice and soy sauce.
Stir until thoroughly heated.
Serve warm topped with green onions.

Recipes adapted from Life as a Lofthouse
 

87 comments:

  1. I love sweet and sour anything! Looks good, Lillian. :)

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  2. This looks delicious! I would love to have this with alot of rice.

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    1. Thank you Mich! Yes, it's so perfect with rice! Even just white rice would be fine also! =)

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  3. This is the recipe I was wondering about! I am not sure I will have time to try it soon, but I am definitely saving it :) Thanks

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  4. Hi Medeja! This is a recipe that is soooo worth trying! I hope you will soon! =)

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  5. Lillian, you're doing it again to me. I'll say it again, if I lived next door to you, they'd have to bury me in a piano case. Your recipes are the BEST!!!!

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    1. LOL...thanks Judith! You're the best also...(((HUGS)))

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  6. omg i tried this...amazing my brother loves it :)

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    1. Thanks Karishma! I'm so glad you tried it and loved it as much as I do! =D

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  7. I will be trying the sweet and sour chicken, not to sure about the rice lol. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. lol... the rice is pretty good! But the chicken is PERFECT! =D

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  8. Making it right now! Sounds so good!

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    1. Lillian I have made this several times now for my family and they love it!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    2. Hi Cindy! That's what I love to hear! I'm so glad they love it! Thank you so much for letting me know! =D

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  9. My husband LOVES orange chicken and fried rice! I'll be making this for his birthday Saturday Definitely! Thank you thank you!

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    1. Well there isn't an orange flavor, but it does remind me of duck sauce! I hope he likes it! =)

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  10. )nly thing I can add is why no pinterest. I will make this for sure. Looks like it will be a favorite.

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    1. I'm so glad you're going to make it! My Pinterest button is on the right sidebar! Thanks! =D

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  11. Definitely trying this over the weekend, I love Sweet and sour everything lol

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  12. So I just made this today and I have to say it is so delicious. Not to mention, cheap to make, and really easy to make to. I loved it. The only problem I had is everytime I opened the oven to stir it, my eyes burned like crazy, I'm guessing because of the ketchup and vinegar. But the delicious taste made up for that. Lol

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! Yes, that can happen with cooking with vinegar! I always wait a few seconds after opening the oven door until the fumes dissipate.Thank you so much for coming back and giving a review! That is so appreiated! =D

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  13. I recently used the Fried Rice recipe....My family loved it...My son especially. Begged me to make it again the next night...LOL....Thank you Thank you Thank you :):):)

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    1. Thank you so much for trying this! I'm so glad they loved it! And thank you for taking the time to let me know! =D

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  14. Hey that's a one excellent recipe and the best combo ever! Thanks for the link, the other blog is awesome too!

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    1. Thank you so much for checking it out and commenting! =D

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  15. Looks delicious, mind if I write it down?

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, please do! Let me know how you like it! =)

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    2. We will definitely be trying this soon. It looks so good. I have been inspired to start my own food blog journey as well. If you would please check it out: http://foodbuzzblog.blogspot.com/

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    3. Thank you so much AshyO.o I just looked at your blog...you did a great job on that apple pie! Keep posting! =D

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  16. Lillian! This is what I always get when I order chinese food! Now I am going to try and make it myself. Wish me luck! Thanks so much for sharing. Deb @ madefrompinterest.net

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    1. Hi Deb! Great! I know you'll love this! Thanks for checking it out! =D

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    2. I brought up the print friendly version and took out the pic and when I printed it your comments from the top was there but the recipe wasn't. I printed one of your other recipes and the recipe part was very light and hard to see. Again your comments at the top (which was in a bolder text) was just right. Anyone else having this problem? I am hand writing the recipe out so I can try it in the next couple of weeks. It really looks good and from the comments made, I know it will be. Thank you for posting.

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    3. I'm not sure why the recipe is printing too light. No one else has mentioned having any problems. I wish I knew the answer. Many times I will just copy & paste recipes and email them to myself to print them out! I know many people copy & paste into Word and print from there. Thank you so much for going through the trouble of hand writing the recipe! It's such a good recipe so hopefully you'll think it was worth it! Please let me know how you liked it! =D

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  17. I just made the Sweet and Sour Chicken AND the Fried Rice. There were 3 of us and we ate almost all of it. A great hit with the family. I also threw in some shredded carrot and left over corn - just to put more veggies in the rice. I was told it has to be made again. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    1. YAY!!! I love hearing that! Thank you so much for trying it and for your feedback! =D

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  18. I made this the other night for my husband with the chocolate cobbler for dessert. He now has a new favorite dish. He couldn't stop raving about how good it was. Now if you could just give a recipe for General Chicken and Marinated Mushrooms we would never have to go to the Chinese Restaurant again!! Thank you so much for the great recipes!!

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    1. A double delight...thank you for trying both recipes Sheila! I'm so glad he liked it! I love making Chinese food at home! I'll have to find a General Tao's Chicken recipe and give it a try! It's my hubbys favorite too! Thank you so much for letting me know how the recipes turned out for you...that is always very appreciated! =D

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    2. Going to try

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    3. Great! Please let me know how you like it! =)

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  19. wow the combination of sweet and sour with fried rice recipe seems to be tempting...thanks for sharing the recipe..

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  20. Made this tonight for dinner with pork (I had some in the fridge defrosted that I needed to use up) and it was PHENOMENOL!!!! I have been trying out Chinese food recipes forever, trying to avoid the take out and this was the very first one that I will hands down make again and again. Thank you so much for the easy and delicious recipe!!

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    1. Hi Kathleen! I love that you made it with pork...great idea! I'm glad you tried it and liked it! Thank you for letting me know! =D

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  21. i made this and it was so good that i made it again for my family on Mothers Day. Everyone asked about it and loved it and couldnt beleive that i had only made it one time before and how big a risk that was. i told everyone that it was THAT good and i knew everyone would LOVE it like we did the first time around. i deceided then that i will NEVER order CHINESE again..tasted better than chinese takeout and so much better for you...an ABSOLUTE winner! The sauce is what makes it! 6 ingredients that everyone has in their cupboard. So Simple!

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    1. I'm so glad everyone liked it! Thank you so much for comimg back and commenting! That is so appreciated! =D

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  22. I have made this several times & it is so good! One time I used 1 Tbsp of Szechuan Chili Sauce in place of one of the tablespoons of ketchup and it gave it more of a General Tso's flavor. I've also added pineapple chunks (drained) to it. Perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much for mentioning those variations! The addition of pineapple sounds like it might taste like Hawaiian Chicken...and I just LOVE Hawaiian Chicken! I think I'll try both of your suggestions! =D

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  23. sweettttttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  24. Totally awesome...made it for my kids tonight and they ate it up...had to fight them to save some for their dad!

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    1. Hi Sabina! I'm so glad everyone loved this...lol, I hope Dad was able to have some! Thank you so much for taking the time to comeback and let me know...that is so very appreciated! =D

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  25. Where is the "print" option?

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    1. The 'Print Friendly' button is on the left sidebar of this page. Thank you so much for checking the recipe! =)

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  26. Amazing recipe, everyone in my family loved it. Thank you so much for sharing. This will be on my favorite meal list.

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    1. That's great! I'm glad to hear that everyone loved it! Thank you so much for letting me know! That is very appreciated! =D

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  27. Anyone try this with brown rice? Trying to stay away from enriched, bleached products.

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    1. Hi Carol! I've made fried rice using brown rice and it works just as well. I'm going to try subbing quinoa next time because that's even healthier! Thanks for checking it out! =D

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  28. I have made about 5 of your recipes so far Lillian, well and to be honest... LOVE EM!!!!! I even made the crack chicken using pork, then turned them into lettuce wraps and they were gobbled up!!! Thanks again!!! ~erin w. via pinterest

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    1. Thank you so much for the great comment Erin! You made my day! And I love the idea of using the crack chicken recipe for pork! I've always wanted to make lettuce wraps...I'll have to try that also! =D

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  29. Hi Lillian,i would love to try your recipe but i live in Ireland and some of the ingredients i dont think i can get:
    Kosher salt-could i use table salt
    Corn Starch-any idea of substitute
    Garlic Powder-could i use minced garlic
    Corn Oil-could i use Olive oil
    Thanks,

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    1. Yes, you could use those substitutions for the salt, garlic powder and corn oil. And instead of cornstarch, to coat the chicken, use flour. I'm so glad you're going to try this! Please let me know how you liked it! Thanks! =D

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  30. This was amazing! My family loved it! Thank you!

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    1. I'm so glad they liked it! Thank you so much for trying it and letting me know! That is so appreciated! =D

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  31. I have made this recipe several times. We love it! I am not a seasoned cook and this was an extremely easy recipe to make! Thank you Lillian for making cooking fun and easy!

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    1. Hi April! I'm so glad you're enjoying this recipe! I love hearing that! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! =D

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  32. made this tonight and it is fantastic took some up for my dad to try and it was a big hit there to, this will defiantly be made again x

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    1. That's great! I hope you enjoy it many more times in the future! Thank you so much for the wonderful review! =D

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  33. For the first time hearing chicken dish made with sugar,will try it.Lets see how it tastes :)

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    1. Oh, I think you'll love it! It's sweet, sour, salty and sooooo very tasty! Please let me know what you think of it after you try it! =

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  34. Can I use Canola Oil instead of Corn Oil?

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  35. Had to tweak the rice abit but loved it!

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    1. Yes, its a very plain fried rice! But I'm glad you liked it! Thank you so much for letting me know! =D

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  36. I tried this recipe with tofu the other night and it was great! I really enjoyed it, thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it with tofu! It's good to know it works with that! Thank you so much for letting me know! That is always very appreciated! =D

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  37. OMG ..... this dish was soooo amazing & delicious ... made it for super tonight .. Thank you Lillian for the amazing recipe :)

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    1. Hi Shellina! I'm so glad you tried this and loved it! Thank you for coming back and letting me know! I love hearing that! =D

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  38. Made this last night and my husband love it so much. He said I can make this anytime.

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    1. Hi Diane! That's exactly how I felt when I first tried this! I knew I'd be making it often! Thank you so much for letting me know! =D

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  39. I am making this tonight. I have made this every time I cook Chinese at home. I cook some egg rolls, Chinese noodles, crab casserole, and this chicken and we have a great meal that lasts for 2-3 meals.

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    1. Hi Starlitkate! I'm so glad to hear that you make this often and like it. Sounds like the perfect addition to your very yummy menu! Crab casserole...I think I would love that! =D Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

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  40. Im going to make this tomorrow for supper. Looks like something all my kids will love !!

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    1. That's great Tara! Please let me know how everyone liked it! Thanks! =D

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