Sweet and Sour Chicken Trial: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free
During Joseph’s naps, I like to write stories. The novel I’m currently writing involves a young man sailing along the coast of a fantasy nation heavily influenced by chinese culture. There are no allergies in this story, but the protagonist is heavily fixated on food (to the point of ignoring pretty girls nearby). This has left me craving chinese food, so I picked out a sweet and sour recipe from Taste of Home to make this week.
This recipe is already Joseph-safe (hooray for him being able to eat gluten-free soy sauce!). Instead of pork, I decided to use chicken, and I substituted carrots for the pepper, since that would be better liked by my family.
Mix cornstarch and water in a small cup and set aside. Brown chicken in oil in a large skillet (or wok if you have one). Add pineapple and juice, corn syrup, vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, and garlic powder.
Bring to a boil and simmer for ten minutes, adding the carrots in the last couple minutes. Add the cornstarch mixture and stir until combined. Bring to a boil again and cook for two more minutes, or until thickened. Serve over rice.
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Adapted from Taste of Home
Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 3/4 pound chicken breasts, cubed (I used two medium breasts)
- 1 Tablespoon canola oil
- 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple tidbits (I used a portion of a 20 ounce can, which came to 1/3 cup of juice, with enough pineapple added to bring it to 3/4 cup)
- 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons gluten-free soy-sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 carrots, sliced
In a small cup, mix together cornstarch and water. In a large skillet, brown chicken in the oil. Add pineapple and its juice, corn syrup, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add carrots, and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir the cornstarch and water and add to the sauce. Bring the sauce back to a boil, and cook and stir for 2 minutes, or until thickened. Serve with rice.
Makes 2-3 servings
What I Thought
This tasted nice, although I felt like I was cheating by using ketchup and corn syrup. I would have preferred something more authentic. My daughter refused to touch any rice that had been “contaminated” by the sauce. Joseph quite enjoyed the chicken. The carrots and pineapple, however, remained on his plate. (He’s starting the toddler picky phase). My husband, unfortunately, was sick, and opted to have soup instead.