Easiest Sweet and Sour

I’ve tried sweet and sour before on this blog, when the blog was just a tiny baby, making its first little peeps.

Let’s just say that meal was not one of my finer moments. I was just learning how to cook and used some weird recipe from the internet. My family graciously ate it, although I think it was decidedly more “sour” than “sweet.”

Since then I’ve found a foolproof sauce recipe!

Chicken and Veggies
1 lb chicken breast, cut into cubes
1 lb mixed veggies (frozen or fresh will do)

Sweet and Sour Sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
4 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp ketchup
2 tsp cornstarch mixed with 4 tsp water
1 tsp soy sauce

Directions

Cook whatever meat you’re using (we used chicken in just a tiny bit of oil) in a wok or large frying pan.

When it’s cooked through or mostly cooked through, add vegetables. Today, I used “key largo blend” frozen vegetables containing green beans, red bell peppers, and orange & yellow carrots.

I put the lid on, allowing the vegetables to steam themselves. I try to never overcook veggies so they keep most of their nutrients. Plus, overcooked veggies are mushy and yucky. It’d be safe to say that I usually undercook them–I heat them through but they stay firm, fresh and crunchy.

Once the veggies are un-frozen, pour the sauce in!  Heat it until simmering and let it boil down some so it’s thicker.

Unless you bread the chicken at the start, it won’t be like restaurant sweet & sour, but it’s healthier and tastes great

Sweet and Sour… Everything

My beginner’s luck had to run out sometime, and the second half of my eggplant was not destined to be as successful as the first. The overall outcome of this meal was just “okay.”

Correction: the eggplant turned out okay, but the general disposition of the dish as a whole was not as expected. Anyway, I made sweet and sour eggplant! and chicken. It was looking a little weak so I added chicken. And half a can of pineapple. Which was the best addition in my opinion.

eggplant, bell pepper, chicken, and pineapple
eggplant, bell pepper, chicken, and pineapple

I think the sauce is where I went wrong. I would be willing to try again and add MUCH more sugar to the sauce. I was following a recipe though, and since I’d never tried making such a concoction before I didn’t deviate from it. My old roommate said something once about using ketchup to make a sweet and sour sauce? Maybe  I’ll give that a try next time!

Also someday I hope to own a rice cooker. A real one. A Japanese brand.