The Asian inspired sweet and sour chicken with perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess is my ultimate go-to dish on a busy weeknight!
Asian inspired recipes like Chinese stir-fries are your real saviors on busy weeknights as it enables you to enjoy great food at home with minimal work; this sweet and sour chicken is no exception and will become a staple in your home once you try it. Just few mixes of sauces and this sweet and sour chicken is ready in a jiffy; start to finish it’s ready under 30! Keeping some frozen chicken breasts handy in your freezer is really a useful tip I got while exploring various blogs; only because of that practice I could make this tasty sweet and sour chicken to save our dinner during my crazy last week as we already have had enough outside food.
This sweet and sour chicken is a perfect example of how to impeccably balance the flavors in your food; it shouldn’t be overly sweet neither overpoweringly tangy. If any of the flavors become too evident, then it will kill the real essence of sweet and sour chicken. So, I suggest you to taste the sauce before adding too much to have greater control on the final outcome!
I am sure you are fond of eating out as much as we do. Who doesn’t like the idea of being served good looking as well as delicious food without moving a finger? I definitely do. But you will also admit that having outside food too frequently makes everything taste the same eventually. Haven’t you felt that ever? I even feel out of option about what to order though there are various cuisines available and at that very moment homemade food feels like divine! That is why I desire to share as many as quick and easy yet tasty recipes with ya’all that you never go out of option while deciding what to cook for dinner!
If you haven’t yet planned your dinner tomorrow, definitely give this sweet and sour chicken a go; I bet you will love it. Like any other Asian dish, this sweet and sour chicken pairs best with plain white rice. Or you can make your sweet and sour chicken as an appetizer if you plan to replicate a Chinese fine dining experience at home for your special someone! Follow it up with some delicious shrimp fried rice and restaurant style chili chicken! After experiencing this extravaganza, you will think twice before ordering from your favorite Chinese food corner ever again! Trust me!
- Boneless chicken breast – 2
- Onion – 2 large
- Carrots – 2
- Green beans – 8 or 10
- Garlic – 4 or 5 cloves
- Green chilli – 1
- Light soy sauce – 1 tbsp
- Egg – 2
- Refined flour (Maida) – ½ cup (Approx)
- Sweet and Sour sauce – 200 ml
- Oil – 4 tbsp
- Cornflour – 2 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- Cut the chicken breasts into small cubes, approx 1 inch of length.
- Add the light soy sauce and salt to the chicken and mix well.
- Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Spread the flour on a plate.
- Heat 2 tbsp of oil on a non-stick pan.
- Take each of the chicken pieces and first dip it into egg and then coat with flour. Now add it to the hot oil. Saute both the sides until golden brown. Put the chicken pieces on tissue paper.
- Cut the onions into big pieces and separate all the layers.
- Cut the carrot in rounds and beans into 1 inch long pieces.
- Chop the garlic cloves and green chilli.
- Heat the remaining oil to the same pan.
- Add the chopped green chilli and garlic. Saute for a minute.
- Add onions, carrots and beans. Saute for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Now add the sweet and sour sauce. [I used the store-bought ready made sweet & sour sauce which comes in very handy. But you can make the same at home too!]
- Add the fried chicken pieces.
- Add water – around 1 cup and bring to boil.
- Add salt to taste but be careful if using the ready made sweet & sour sauce as it already has some salt added. So check the gravy before adding any more salt.
- Add sugar if you find the gravy too sour.
- Cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes or until the chicken and all the veggies are cooked and soft.
- Dissolve the cornflour in ½ cup of water and keep for 5 minutes.
- Bring the gravy to boil and add the cornflour mixture. Stir well. The gravy will thicken immediately.
- Check for your desired consistency. Boil for few more minutes if you find the gravy too watery.
- Turn off the heat and mix well. Serve your sweet and sour chicken hot!