Every time I walk into Walmart, it smells like sweet n sour chicken. It drives me crazy. I never really liked it, but I miss it. Crazy. I think I miss ordering out Chinese food, and the extra fat.
So, I came home and whipped up my own version. I made the sweet and sour from scratch, and it's very easy. Also, using the Bell and Evans gluten free tenders, makes it even better, as far as ease goes!!
Also, just a shortcut I use in my kitchen in the winter months, I buy mostly frozen veggies. They have the same nutritional content, are generally cheaper than fresh, and as added benefit, already chopped up. I am all for fresh vegetables, but here in New England, the snow is covering the ground, the vegetables we are getting aren't going to be all that fresh, or all that local.
Here is the original sweet and sour sauce recipe, the only thing I changed was a technique...sifting the cornstarch first so you don't have any lumps.
I am also planning on making this for New Year's Eve. We used to always order out Chinese food, this year I will make my own and have a few dishes to choose from. Yum!
Sweet and Sour Chicken - Cheater Version
Bake the chicken, cook up some veggies (I did broccoli and peppers.), combine and mix with the sauce. Serve over cooked rice and sprinkle with green onions if desired.)
Sweet and Sour Sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
4 tablespoons ketchup
3/4 cup pineapple juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Warm everything in a saucepan except cornstarch to just below a simmer without letting it boil and stir in the sifted cornstarch to thicken. Sift the cornstarch to eliminate any lumps. You can add whatever else you might like to add, onions or peppers, some pineapple.