My ii youngest daughters tin live pretty picky when it comes to Asian food. So, when I first prepared this recipe, I was concerned that they wouldn't really dig it. Surprisingly (and thankfully), I was wrong. Plates cleaned. "Seconds" requested. This has definitely straight off piece of employment a regular inwards the JD household. And, it's gotten nifty reviews from guests who get got been over for dinner when we've served this.
Initially, I was really surprised at the method used to yield this means of breaded chicken. It's quite unique too something I hadn't been familiar amongst inwards the past. But, it's genuinely really neat too quite simple.
Although the chicken inwards this recipe spends the bulk of its time in the oven, at that spot is a quick stride of flash-frying it in a tiny chip of crude earlier it ends upward inwards the oven. I'm telling myself, however, that this has to live a tad chip healthier than take-out since it is non completely cooked past times means of deep-frying too I larn to command the ingredients.
UPDATE 4/9/13: I get got received comments too emails concerning the fact that I introduce this recipe every bit something "Chinese." Yes, I am aware that sweetness too sour chicken is to a greater extent than of an American thought of what Chinese cuisine is. But, since it's something hither inwards America that many of our "Chinese" restaurants create serve, I similar that I am able to brand a version at dwelling solid that nosotros absolutely love. (Yes, though ... I am aware that this is non authentic Chinese food.)
Yields 5 - 7 servings
FOR THE CHICKEN -
3 - 4 large boneless too skinless chicken breasts
Salt too pepper
1 loving cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 - 1/2 loving cup canola oil
FOR THE SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE -
3/4 loving cup sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 loving cup distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic tabular array salt (or a fiddling to a greater extent than if using garlic powder)
Pinch crushed crimson pepper flakes
Additional Ingredient -
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Trim too cutting chicken into cubes. Lightly flavor amongst tabular array salt too pepper.
Place the cornstarch into a gallon-size plastic pocketbook too add together all of the chicken cubes into it. Seal too milk tremble to coat.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a large dish or bowl. Pour beaten egg over the chicken too stir gently to coat.
Heat crude inwards a large skillet and pan-fry chicken over medium-high oestrus on both sides until slightly browned - but non cooked through. (Work inwards ii or 3 batches every bit necessary hence every bit non to crowd pan spell frying.)
Place the chicken inwards a nine x thirteen or similar size greased baking dish.
Mix the sweetness too sour sauce ingredients inwards a small-scale bowl amongst a fork or whisk (do non add together inwards the sesame seeds). Pour three-fourths of the sauce evenly over the chicken ... reserving the residue for dipping at fourth dimension of service. Gently stir to coat.
Bake for 45 minutes at 325 degrees. During the baking process, y'all volition require to gently stir chicken every fifteen minutes.
Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees, sprinkle on the sesame seeds too bake for an additional fifteen minutes. Watch chicken hence that it does non burn. Stir chicken a dyad of times during the concluding fifteen minutes of baking. Best served amongst rice or Asian noodles.
NOTE: Sliced onions too peppers tin live added into the baking dish amongst the chicken, if desired.
12/13/2016: Updated around of the photos too made clarifications to post.
Adapted from Life every bit a Lofthouse.