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Step-by-step Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken recipe

Author: Canadian Living

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Step-by-step Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken recipe

The method for this easy stir-fry may seem unusual, but it actually streamlines the process by whisking the liquids with the leftover cornstarch mixture in the bowl, which helps to thicken the sauce.

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb (500 g) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) each cornstarch and all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL)  each salt and white or black pepper
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL)  sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) ketchup
  • 1 tbsp ( 15 mL) dry sherry (optional)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) each sodium-reduced soy sauce and rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) minced gingerroot
  • 1 tsp ( 5 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1 each onion and sweet red and green pepper, cut into 3/4-inch (2 cm) cubes
  • 1 cup (250 mL) drained canned pineapple chunks


Place chicken in large bowl; add egg white, cornstarch, flour, salt and pepper.
Using hands, toss to coat well. Let stand for 10 minutes so to allow mixture to adhere to chicken.
Transfer chicken to small bowl (do not wash out large bowl); set chicken aside.
In large bowl, whisk together broth, 1/3 cup (75 mL) water, ketchup, sherry (if using), soy sauce, vinegar, ginger and sugar.
Whisk liquids to combine, whisking side of bowl to incorporate any cornstarch mixture stuck to the sides (this will thicken the sauce). Set aside.
In wok or large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry chicken, in batches, until crispy and golden-brown, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer chicken to plate.
Discard all but 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil from wok.
Add onion and red and green peppers; stir fry until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes.
Add chicken, pineapple and stock mixture to wok.
Cook, stirring, until sauce is thickened and chicken is coated, 2 to 3 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.

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