This is my favorite recipe for sweet and sour chicken. I absolutely love it. It is a simple, but time consuming recipe when you include the chicken. I wanted to try to make some healthier chicken to go with it. There are two separate parts for the recipe. Mixing the sauce, then including the rest of the ingredients and cooking more. This will not be the bright orange sauce you get in all the restaurants. And it will be a little thinner, too.
Note about the ingredients: There is ketchup in it and no, it’s not a mistake. I can’t find the original ingredient that the recipe calls for and the glossary says that ketchup is an acceptable substitute. There is a difference between tin and dark soy sauce. As explained in the cookbook, you can tell the difference between by looking at the ingredients – dark soy sauce has sugar and caramel. Without it, the soy sauce is thin.
Yea – don’t do the substitution. If you don’t have the white vinegar, go to the store…..trust me!
After it is bubbling, add cornstarch and water to thicken and simmer some more. You can see that the oil is no longer as prevalent as in the previous picture. I didn’t measure the pineapple and may have added too much. I don’t mind though, I love the cooked pineapple. I also realized at this point that I probably should have used the red pepper instead of the yellow.
I was eating and it just wasn’t as good as I had made in the past. I changed two things in the recipe, the vinegar that I mentioned above and that I used fresh pineapple and pineapple juice instead of canned. I don’t think it was the pineapple change that did it. It just didn’t taste right with the Rice Vinegar. It saddened me. I waited SOO long to make this…..cause I was lazy! The chicken turned out really well, too. I don’t think the flour made much of a difference, but I definitely need to season with more pepper. I could barely taste it. In the original recipe, the chicken sits in a mixture that includes pepper and it just adds another layer of flavor to the dish. It was definitely missing from this. Next time, just saute the chicken and DO NOT substitute the vinegar.