Pineapple Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sauce
1 frying chicken (or 6 thighs)
1 can pineapple slices (reserve the juice)
1 green pepper*
2 - 4 cups oil for deep-frying
*For variety, try using 1/2 green pepper and 1/2 red pepper instead.
Marinade for Chicken
1 T. Oyster Sauce
1 T. Soy Sauce
1 t. salt
Pepper to taste
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1 t. sugar
1/4 C. vegetable oil
1 1/2 C. water (approximately)
1 T. finely diced green onion
Sweet and Sour Sauce
Make 1 cup from: Juice from the canned pineapple
3 T. vinegar (white or rice vinegar)
3 T. water
2 - 3 T. brown sugar
2 T. cornstarch mixed with water
De-bone the chicken, and cut into small bite-sized pieces. Add the marinade
ingredients to the chicken, mixing with chopsticks. Add the cornstarch and
marinate the chicken for about 15 minutes.
While the chicken is marinating, prepare the vegetables and mix together the
ingredients. Cut the carrot into thin slices. Core and seed the green pepper,
and cut into chunks or as desired. Set aside.
For the Batter: mix the baking powder and baking soda together well, and add to
the other dry ingredients. Mix well. Add the oil gradually. Add 1 cup water,
then more if needed. Mix well, and add the diced green onion. Mix the chicken in
the batter until it is well coated.
Deep-fry Chicken: Heat oil on high heat in wok. Test the oil with chopsticks -
when bubbles form around the chopsticks the oil is ready. (It should be about
375 degrees). Deep-fry the chicken.
While the process is very quick, the chicken should not turn brown immediately -
if it does the oil is too hot. Place the deep-fried chicken pieces on a tray
lined with paper towels (do not cover).
For the Sauce: Melt brown sugar in a heavy saucepan on high heat, stirring
rapidly, until it is brown but not burnt. Add the juice mixture, and salt to
taste. Bring to boil until brown sugar is melted (it will harden temporarily
after the juice mixture is added). Add the carrot, green pepper, and pineapple.
Bring to boil again and thicken with cornstarch mixture, stirring. Check the
sauce one more time and adjust seasonings, adding salt and/or vinegar if
desired. Serve hot over the chicken.
Serves 3 - 4