Sharing a Meal: Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken or General Tso’s Chicken

Sharing a Meal: Braised Chicken Tacos || Penne with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes (Spring) || Chicken Pot Pie


Skill Level: Easy
Expense: Moderate
Cuisine: Asian
Special Equipment: None
Serves: 3-4

Summary

We love Chinese food. Claire, my four year old, could eat her weight in sweet and sour chicken. And I’m not far behind her. This recipe is stellar for entertaining people because you’re baking the chicken after a quick fry. You could do the quick fry the night before so that all you will need to do is add the sauce and bake. Also, because you bake it, you could easily take it with you to someone’s home. My wife made the sweet and sour but I love spicy food and thought this recipe would work brilliantly for General Tso’s chicken. And it does. So below I will have sauce for either recipe.
The New Testament church so loved each other that many sold their property and shared it amongst the poor in their covenant communities. Are we caring for the poor and down-trodden in our churches? If we’re not, maybe you could share a meal for a single mom that would provide HUGE relief or maybe you could share a meal for the opportunity to speak the gospel into someone’s life.

Adapted from my wife’s recipe at The Modest Homestead

Ingredients

Chicken
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup canola oil

Sweet & Sour Sauce
3/4 cup sugar
4 Tbs ketchup
¼ cup vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1-2 clove roasted and crushed garlic
½ green bell pepper, julienned (watch here if you’re not sure how to julienne)
1 8 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained

General Tso
1 cup hoisin sauce
½ cup rice vinegar
6 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch

3 tablespoons tomato paste
3-4 roasted and crushed garlic
3 cups water

1-2 Thai chile pepper OR
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Cooking Instructions

The Prep
     Step 1. preheating your oven to 325 degrees

The Sauces
     Step 2.  Cut the very tip of the garlic clove off and place on cookie sheet or equivalent to roast for 30 minutes or until golden brown on outside. There should be a sweet, pleasant aroma when roasted correctly.
     Step 3. After roasting garlic, remove papery exterior and crush the garlic. Set aside to add to other ingredients.
     Step 4. Mix all your sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk (excluding the green bell peppers and pineapple for the sweet and sour sauce or the Thai chile pepper for the General Tso’s sauce; you will stir those ingredients into the sauce after you have combined all the other ingredients).

The Chicken
     Step 5. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes.
     Step 6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
     Step 7. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs.
     Step 8. Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned (it doesn’t need to be cooked through).
     Step 9. Place the chicken in a 9x13 greased baking dish.
     Step 10. pour evenly over the chicken and bake for one hour.
     Step 11. During the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.

So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
Psalms 63:4-7