March 09, 2011

Sweet-and-Sour Chicken with Lots of Vegetables!


I would really like to expand my knowledge and cooking abilities to include Asian foods.  I'm sure, in fact, I'm positive that this recipe I am making up for dinner tonight is completely and totally Americanized. Don't get me wrong, that's not a bad thing.  I'm just looking to expand beyond Americanized Asian dishes.  That's my 2011 project to tackle.  For now, I give you the Americanized version of sweet-and sour chicken.  Besides, I'll take the lesser calories and the advantage of not having to leave the house for this dish any day!




Sweet-and-Sour Chicken with Lots of Vegetables

2 cups long-grain white rice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and halved
16 oz. bag of frozen stir fry vegetables
1 cup chopped celery

2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts (optional)


Cook rice according to package instructions.  Meanwhile, in a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce, and vinegar.  Set aside.

In a large skillet or wok, heat oil over high.  Add chicken, green beans and frozen stir fry vegetables, and chopped celery and cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.  Add ginger, and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes.


Whisk soy sauce mixture, add to skillet, and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Fluff rice with a fork.  To serve, spoon chicken mixture over rice and top with peanuts if desired.





This sweet and sour sauce was da bomb!  I'm gonna make some up for my cereal in the morning, maybe put some in my coffee!

~ Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. Awesome! I have to make this sooooonnn!!

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  2. Radhika, this recipe is so versatile! I can't wait to see what you come up with :)

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  3. what a great healthy looking meal :)

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  4. Thanks Jenny! It was super yummy too. Can't beat that, healthy and super yummy. What more could a girl ask for! Thanks for stopping by :)

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