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25 March, 2014

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple

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Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce

A versatile sweet and sour sauce that will get even your kids to eat their veggies!

The inspiration for this dish comes from a recipe my mom used to make when my brother and I were younger. Her version was “Hawaiian Hamburgers”, and she would make hamburger patties and top them with this sauce and slices of pineapple. I adapted the recipe some and added some veggies to round out the dish. The beauty of this dish is you can use bone-in or boneless chicken, pork or even shrimp as long as you adjust your cooking times accordingly. For this version of sweet and sour chicken with pineapple, I used drumsticks since that is what I had on hand.

Searing Meat

Browning your meat helps seal in flavour and moisture.

Begin with searing the meat you will use in your dish. The idea is to get a nice browning on all sides without cooking the meat through.

Bite-Sized Vegetable Chunks

Do not cut your vegetables too small as they will overcook before your meat is done.

While your meat is browning, cut your vegetables into bite-sized chunks. I used onion, carrot, red and green peppers. You will also need one large can of pineapple chunks, reserving the liquid in a 4-cup measure or medium-sized bowl. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Saute Vegetables for Sweet and Sour Sauce

Lightly saute the vegetables in an oven-proof pan.

In an oven-proof pan, lightly saute your vegetables and pineapple chunks without browning. As they are cooking, prepare the sauce with the following ingredients:

  • Reserved pineapple juice with enough cold water added to make 2 cups.
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 3 tbsp rice or white vinegar
  • 2 heaping tbsp cornstarch
Sweet and Sour Sauce

Pour the sauce over the vegetables in the pan.

Stir the sauce ingredients well and pour over the vegetables in the pan. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a low boil, stirring often. As the sauce thickens, the cloudiness will clear.

Meat is Added to Sweet and Sour Sauce

Add the meat to the sauce.

Once the cloudiness has cleared and the sauce has thickened, add your browned meat to the pan. Cover and bake for twenty minutes or until meat is cooked through.

Serve over cooked rice or noodles.

Pineapple and Chicken Sweet and Sour

A tasty dish that is easy to make!

This dish reheats well as leftovers however; you may need to add some water to thin out the sauce once it has been refrigerated. I don’t recommend freezing it as the vegetables will get mushy.

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on : Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple

  • March 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

    OMG Tami!! This is TERRIBLY good!! (But how dare you posting something like this when I’m starving?) LOL
    Just kidding! This is of course a recipe I’ll keep to try! And it looks so fantastic, my mouth is watering! *sigh* ;-)

    • March 25, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Thank you, Raani! Can you guess what I’m having for lunch today? LOL That’s one problem with doing this blog… I always make too much food!! Care to join me? ;)

      • March 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

        Sure!! I’ll be right there! LOOOOOL ;-)

  • March 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    This looks very similar to a Filipino dish called, “Pininyahang Manok”. :3 This looks soooo good!

    • March 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you very much! :) I’ll have to check out that version too!

  • March 31, 2014 at 6:16 am

    You never cease to amaze with your beautiful recipes Tami.

    • March 31, 2014 at 6:39 am

      Thank you, Laurie. I really appreciate your support, and kind comments!!

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