Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Simple Sweet and Sour Chicken & Fried Rice

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Simple Sweet and Sour Chicken & Fried Rice


Ok ladies and gents...Notice any changes around here? Well last night...err more like this morning...2 am counts for this monring right? I was up changing the ole blog aounrnd. I dropped my blogspot last night. Oop's. I am pretty excited. Now hopefully I won't be getting lost in peoples readers anymore. I know some of you were having trouble knowing when I had updates and stuff. Still figuring out the RSS feedburner thing, but everything else is golden. The only issue is now I have to go through all my posts and relabel them. Yeah who knows when that will happen, but in the mean time I will be putting together a new and improved tutorials page and adding more fun stuff to the sidebar. So there you have it, my update. Oh and sorry to those reading early this morning. I am sure my blog was a big old hot mess. But we are more put together this morning, now that a few hours of sleep are under our belt.

Oh any tips for adding page breaks to posts?
 Debating adding it, wondering if anyone has done it to their blog.... 
pros..... cons?

Now onto today's post.....
get ready for The.Best.Recipe.Ever!

Seriously so good!

This sweet and sour chicken recipe is so simple and yummy to make. It is adapted from a recipe I found here. My whole family gobbled it up and it used up a lot of leftovers, which I always love. Here's how to make it:

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken


The chicken coating:

3-4 boneless chicken breasts (thawed and cut into chunks)
salt + pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil

The sweet and sour sauce:

3/4 cup sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
1 cup of pineapple chunks

       Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs.  Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned but not cooked through. Place the chicken in a 9x13 greased baking dish. Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for 30 minutes.
Now onto the rice...

Simple Skillet Fried Rice


3 cups cooked white rice (day old or leftover rice works best!)
3 tbs canola oil
1 cup frozen peas and carrots (I actually just used my leftovers in the fridge)
1 small onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup green onions

      On medium high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok.  Add the peas/carrots mix, onion and garlic. Stir fry until tender. Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side, then pour your eggs on the other side of skillet and stir fry until scrambled. Now add the rice and soy sauce and blend all together well. Stir fry until thoroughly heated!   

This is seriously so good. Why order Chinese takeout, 
when you can make it for cheap at home. So Yummy!

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  1. love the recipes!!
    good luck with al this blog stuff...i am afraid to change anything because I really don't know what i am doing and winging it has been working so far.

  2. I'm definitely trying this recipe this week. I love that the chicken is baked! Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays! I'm following via twitter now too.

  3. This meal was a BIG hit with my family of 5. I used my home canned chicken, drained it, then breaded it. I also used my canned carrots for the rice. Great results! Then I made home made sweet and sour sauce to go along with some egg rolls on the side. Thanks so much for this recipe! I've never had the chicken bread so well before!

  4. This was delicious! Thank you for a great recipe. FYI - we were out of pineapple chunks so I used crushed pineapple and some diced red bell pepper and it was a hug hit!!

  5. What kind of vinegar are you using?? Thanks so

  6. I made this tonight! The Chicken was a big hit with my family! Very yummy;)

  7. You should try using Sesame Seed Oil...It really makes it taste like it was made at a Chinese restaurant. I've noticed that when using other oils it makes the rice kind of sticky or gooey, but using the Sesame Seed oil locks in moisture but keeps the rice nice and dry. I haven't used the Pineapple yet, so I am excited to try it!

  8. This was so good! My husband kept saying how delicious this meal was! A definite keeper!


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