Monday, August 12, 2019

BAKED SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN

Easily probably probably the foremost desirable recipe on my blog, this baked candy and sour hen is a miracle of a dish. Baked, now not fried, it's been a household favourite for over a decade!

Scoop of baked candy and sour hen from the pan.

BAKED SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN




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Invented on a school price range nearly 20 years ago, this baked candy and sour hen is probably probably the foremost desirable recipe on my blog. And even better, it nonetheless stays certainly one of our household favorites.


Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
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You would possibly have viewed this recipe floating round the internet; it’s everywhere! And for nice reason. It’s loopy delicious.

But I’m pleased (and yes, a section proud) to recognize that the delectable candy and sour hen recipe originated proper the following (posted method again in 2008, it was certainly one of the primary recipes I ever shared on my blog!).

Baked candy and sour hen items over white rice with steamed broccoli.


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With over 800 comments, 50+ 5-star reviews, and nearly half a million pins/shares, that fast look will inform you there's anything various about this recipe.

If you’re new to the international of baked candy and sour chicken, permit me provide you a fast rundown.

First, this recipe, whereas delicious and fully and completely value it, goes to be a section extra work than your natural Tuesday evening spaghetti.

It’s now not complicated. It’s now not hard. But it’s also now not a 30-minute meal. So with that caveat in place, here’s the 5-second overview.

Side by aspect pans of unbaked and baked candy and sour chicken.

Chicken items are coated in cornstarch adopted by a fast dunk in a tub of calmly crushed eggs. They are then dropped correct into a piping hot skillet with a smidgeon of oil and browned soon earlier than being stuffed in one layer in a baking pan.

The tremendous simple sauce is whisked together, poured on top, and the complete candy and sour hen concoction bakes for about an hour.

There is simply the proper quantity of sauce for the breaded hen items to bake in with out fitting saturated and soggy (and permitting the sauce to thicken and caramelize whereas baking).

But in case you're a saucy variety of user (like my husband), as I point out within the notes of the recipe, you'll be able to very simply whip up one other batch of sauce, simmer it at the stove, and serve it along the tender, amazing, baked candy and sour chicken.

Baked candy and sour hen over rice on white plate being drizzled with candy and sour sauce.

Because this recipe has been round for a lengthy time and simply due to the fact there were rather a great deal of questions within the comments, I’ve positioned collectively a fast FAQ in your studying pleasure.

That method you'll be able to take a seem to be at a few of probably probably the foremost requested questions and the solutions with out having to filter out via loads of comments. 🙂

SWEET AND SOUR FAQ:
Question: Can I reduce the sugar?
Answer: Many of us have commented that they have decreased the sugar to 1/2 cup and I’ve finished the identical (if now not more) over the years, too.

Question: The vinegar odor is actually overpowering after I bake this. Is that normal?
Answer: Yes. Vinegar, whereas baking, offers off a stable aroma, however the stable aroma/taste bakes off throughout the advised time within the recipe leaving a delicious candy and sour taste.

Question: Can I reduce at the quantity of vinegar as a consequence of the aforementioned question?
Answer: That’s as so much as you. Many of us within the feedback have adapted the recipe ingredients; however, various than usually chopping the sugar to 1/2 cup and utilizing a various sort of vinegar (see the query below), I make the recipe as written and can’t vouch for effects for various adaptations. I actually have made this candy and sour hen recipe at the least 50 instances (probably more) and even although the vinegar appears overpowering, the recipe works. Promise. If you're determined to adapt the vinegar, a few others have used half vinegar and half pineapple juice for a milder style (but you’ll lose a section bit of the candy and sour punch).

Top down view of baked candy and sour hen over rice on white plate.

Question: I don’t have apple cider vinegar OR I hate apple cider vinegar OR {insert a purpose you don’t desire to make use of apple cider vinegar}, can I replace one other sort of vinegar?
Answer: Why yes! I typically replace rice vinegar which has a relatively milder/sweeter style and lots of others within the feedback have substituted the identical and even used white vinegar. Feel unfastened to experiment.

Question: Can I sub anything for the cornstarch? Flour?
Answer: All-purpose flour won't provide the identical faded coating simply due to the fact the cornstarch. The in basic terms respectable replace I’ve discovered is tapioca flour/starch. Works great!

Question: Surely there's a misprint in baking time. An hour for small hen pieces? What’s the deal?
Answer: I inspire you to make the recipe as written. Like I mentioned above, I’ve made this recipe many instances and the hour baking time isn't a typo. Keep in thoughts which you simply don’t desire to prepare dinner the hen via whereas browning it. That step ought to be a fast flash within the pan in hot oil so as to present the hen a crispy outer layer, however the items ought to nonetheless be uncooked within the center. Many have commented that they have cut the baking time down to 30 minutes. You can attempt that; the sauce won’t thicken as rather a great deal as though baking for the complete hour.

Question: Are you certain I’m meant to lay the hen within the cornstarch combination earlier than the egg? That simply appears wrong.
Answer: I’m now not typically right, but within the case of cornstarch and egg, I am. The hen is coated with cornstarch after which dipped in egg.

Question: Can I upload pineapple or various veggies to this whereas baking?
Answer: I don’t see why not! Many commenters have tried that with nice results.

Question: Can I prep this forward of time? Can it's made correct into a freezer meal?
Answer: I actually haven't tried both but actually sense unfastened to experiment! Someone commented within the 500’s about freezing the candy and sour hen in case you desire to seem to be up specifics.

Question: What variety of ketchup do you use?
Answer: I all of the time attempt to apply the Heinz Natural model (without HCFS) but if I can’t discover it, I pass with common Heinz.

What To ServeBaked Brown Rice
Steamed Broccoli
Creamy 5-Cup Fruit Salad or fresh, seasonal fruit

BAKED SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN

YIELD:  4-6 SERVINGS  PREP TIME:  30 MINUTES  COOK TIME:  1 HOUR  TOTAL TIME:  1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
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INGREDIENTS


CHICKEN:
 3-4 boneless, skinless hen breasts (about 2 pounds)
 Salt and pepper
 1 cup cornstarch
 2 huge eggs, beaten
 1/4 cup canola, vegetable or coconut oil
SAUCE:
 1/2 to 3/4 cup granulated sugar (depending on how candy you desire the sauce)
 four tablespoons ketchup
 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (see be aware for substitutions)
 1 tablespoon soy sauce
 1 teaspoon garlic salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 325 stages F.

Cut the hen breasts into 1-inch or relatively greater pieces. Season calmly with salt and pepper. Place the cornstarch in a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Put the hen into the bag with the cornstarch and seal, tossing to coat the chicken.

Whisk the eggs collectively in a shallow pie plate. Heat the oil in a huge skillet over medium warmth till extremely popular and rippling. Dip the cornstarch-coated hen items within the egg and region them intently in one layer within the hot skillet.

Cook for 20-30 seconds on every aspect till the crust is golden however the hen isn't all of the method cooked via (this is the position it is actually major to have a hot skillet/oil). Place the hen items in one layer in a 9X13-inch baking dish and repeat with the ultimate hen pieces.

Mix the sauce foods collectively in a medium bowl and pour over the chicken. Bake for one hour, turning the hen as soon as or twice whereas cooking to coat evenly with sauce. Serve over hot, steamed rice.source