I will admit it – a great chef I am not, but I am able to follow a recipe and make a good dinner once in awhile. I’m always intrigued by recipes with titles like “The Best You Will Ever Eat” or”The Most Delicious on the Planet” because I always wonder – if it’s something that I can make, how could it really come out that delicious?
As Pinterest soars in popularity, my cookbooks have started to collect dust on my shelf, and I’ve been able to find an overwhelming amount of recipes that are easy to make. I’ve got many boards of my own relating to food and recipes including hundreds that I want to try. When I’m motivated (not too often) and stuck (often) in figuring out what’s for dinner, the boards are my go-to.
Here’s my own variation of this most delicious Sweet & Sour Chicken (aka The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat).
Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken With Rice
(aka The Best Chicken You’ll Ever Eat)
What you’ll need:
- 1.5 lb. boneless chicken (use any cut you want – we use thighs because we like the mix of the light and dark meat)
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup oil
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 4 tbs ketchup
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- Red pepper flakes (if you like it spicy, if not, just leave these out)
- Cooked brown rice
First, I generally can’t stand recipes where you have to use both the stovetop and the oven, but again, this meal is totally worth it.
Preheat your oven to about 325 degrees. Get the oil really super hot in the pan. While everything is heating up, cut your chicken into bite sized pieces.
Take each piece of chicken and coat it first in the cornstarch and then in the egg. Dip it enough that it’s thoroughly coated in each (this part is messy and you’ll likely need to wash your hands a few times during the process). Once each piece is fully coated, put it into the pan of hot oil.
When it’s cooked enough, take the chicken pieces out of the pan and put them on a paper towel where you can blot out the extra oil. The put the chicken in a good sized baking dish while you mix the sauce. (I love to use the stoneware Rectangular Baker from Pampered Chef.)
In a medium sized bowl, whisk the sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar and garlic salt together until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce is smooth. Pour the sauce over the chicken in the baking dish and mix it around until all of the chicken pieces are fully coated. Don’t worry if the sauce looks a little liquidy to you, it will thicken with the oven cooking time.
Put the baking dish, uncovered, in your preheated oven for one hour. Now this is probably the most important part of the entire recipe – be sure to mix the chicken every 15 minutes to make sure that the sauce is fully coating and recoating every single piece. If you’re like me and you need to taste your food every time you check on it, take a note – if you taste the chicken while it is cooking, the sauce will have an extremely strong vinegar taste. As it cooks, the flavors from the sauce all come together – do not worry! Every time you mix the chicken, it will be more golden brown and delicious looking and the sauce will be thickening.
This is what it will look like – totally golden brown, beautiful and delicious.
Trust me that your family will love you for this dinner – no matter how much I make, my kids always ask for more and are always disappointed because there is never any left. Enjoy!!