Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sweet-and-Sour Chicken


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 can (20 oz.) pineapple chunks, drained, 1/2 cup juice reserved
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/4 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

Sweeten the Deal! Pineapple and a drop of ketchup lend a trademark sweetness— without extra sugar.

An Extra Buck Will Buy You...toasted sesame seeds. Sprinkle on top for rich, nutty flavor and extra crunch.


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 3/4 cups water and 1/2 tsp. salt to a boil; stir in the rice. Cover, lower the heat and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the pineapple juice, vinegar, soy sauce, 2 tsp. cornstarch, the ketchup and ginger. In a bowl, toss the chicken with the remaining 2 tsp. cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.

  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add the bell pepper and cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the pineapple chunks and reserved chicken.

  4. Whisk the pineapple juice mixture into the chicken mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Serve over the rice.

From: Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine; June/July 2011 Budget Cook article.

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