Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry

I know we keep promising an actual meal around here and then keep getting sidetracked with fun Halloween stuff so I’m finally going to give you something dinner-worthy!  (Not that doughnuts or cookies aren’t dinner-worthy, because they totally are.)  I actually do have another dessert to share and I let all of you Facebook fans vote what would go up today.  I’ll be honest, I stopped counting half way through (I didn’t know that many people would pipe in!) and when I tallied up the votes dinner won by ONE vote over dessert.  It was seriously that close!  But no fear; the dessert is coming next week 🙂  This is actually a little variation from one of the recipes I contributed to the Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy.  It’s one of my go-to meals when I need something warm and filling without a lot of fuss.  I love it because it’s a basic sweet and sour sauce (for which I almost always have the ingredients for) and you can really throw any vegetables in there that you happen to have around and you’ve got a better-than-takeout meal in under 30 minutes.  Much healthier than take-out too!

Somehow I forgot to take photos of the sauce preparation, but it’s super easy.  you’ll just combine a little cornstarch and cold water and stir those together and then add some other yummy stuff like soy sauce, pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, etc.  So pretend you’re looking at that right now.  Are you visualizing?  Take your time…okay good.

Now, start by sauteing some boneless, skinless chicken breast with some fresh garlic and ginger in a large skillet or wok.  You could also use pork tenderloin, or chicken thighs.  I’m going to give you a little hint about pans too.   I’m using a stainless steel pan here because it’s easier to photograph than my black nonstick ones.  If you use a stainless steel pan, you may have to add a little extra oil to make sure the garlic and ginger don’t burn.  In a nonstick pan I never have that problem because there’s naturally a little extra moisture.

You’ll also notice when the chicken finishes cooking, you’ve got lots of brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.  These are great; this is what you’re looking for when you make pan sauces, but in this case, if we continue with the recipe and cook the veggies, those brown bits will turn to black bits and that’s no good.  So remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

And now we’ll take advantage of all that flavor and de-glaze the pan! I’m using the juice from my can of pineapple to simmer the browned bits right off and add flavor to the sauce.  If you’re using a non-stick pan then you can completely skip this step.  The pineapple juice will just get mixed in a separate bowl with your sauce.

Once the pan is de-glazed, just pour the pineapple juice into the bowl where you started the sauce.

To your clean pan, add a drizzle of oil and some veggies.  I’m using onion, broccoli, and red bell pepper, but really you can be fairly creative here and clean out the fridge.

Just cook those for a few minutes until they are crisp-tender.

Then you can add your cooked chicken back in, and also your pineapple.

Then you’ll pour the sauce in

and just let it come to a simmer for a couple of minutes to thicken.

Serve it over brown or white rice.  And if you want, you can sprinkle it with sesame seeds and something green.




We’d love for a couple more of you to enjoy the Good Bite Cookbook “Delicious Made Easy” so we’re giving away 2 more copies!  Head on over to The Scoop to enter.  Did you hear that?  The Scoop.  If you’re reading this via email, the posts sometimes run together so click here to make sure you are at the right spot!  Do NOT leave your comment on this recipe post.  Comments on this recipe post should be telling me how delicious and amazing this Sweet and Sour Chicken is and how I have great hair and adorable children and am super hot and crazy intelligent.  If you tell me you just want a book I will not be happy.  But I will be happy if you try out this Sweet and Sour and love it as much as my family does!

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  1. We were just trying to figure out what we should do with the pork chops that I found on sale….this is perfect. We love stir fry and pineapple, it’s quick, easy and nutritious. Thanks for the post!

  2. I love stir fry. Marked in my *to be made* file. Oh, today I am going to my son’s school to make those cute Oreo bats with his class. Huzzah!! Mother of the Year award. Thanks for all your great ideas!

  3. I knew pumpkin would get edged out. I voted for pumpkin, but I’m not disappointed after reading this. Looks like I don’t have to figure out what is for dinner tonight.

  4. This Sweet and Sour Chicken is delicious and amazing! You have great hair and adorable children. And you are super hot and crazy intelligent! I look forward to more chinese flavors! Waiting for one my hubby might actually eat (he’s weird and believes that fruit and their juices have no place in sauces). Perhaps you have a Bourbon Chicken Recipe laying around…I can’t seem to duplicate it very well.

    1. Yes, jarred is just fine! I usually keep a jar in my fridge for “emergency” use, lol. But also, you can freeze fresh ginger. It’s actually easier to work with when frozen. Just peel the whole thing and wrap it up in a ziplock bag in the freezer. Then when you need some, just grate it with a cheese grater. It’s kind of like ginger snow- works great!

  5. This looks fabulous and I am not usually a fan of sweet and sour chicken but my wonderful husband is. I am ready to take it on and make it this weekend for us. Thanks for a great idea.

  6. This looks amazing!! My weirdo husband doesn’t like pineapple so I will save that for me to snack on later (will still use the juice though). I have a bag of frozen diced chicken in my freezer that’s just dying to be used in this. Hopefully I’ll get to make it next week 😀

    1. my ex felt the same way (weirdo), but I still added it and then removed and put it aside for me, pretending it never made it into the mix. He never noticed!

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