Sunday, 5 July 2009

Really Simple Sweet and Sour Chicken

Do you love Sweet and Sour Chicken? Have you often wondered how Sweet and Sour Sauce is made? Perhaps you have looked at the ingredients of same in a supermarket and been horrified and put off by the number of strange sounding substances, such as monosodium glutamate? Alternatively, maybe you have looked up Sweet and Sour recipes online or in a cookbook and been put off by the lengthy list of ingredients and the complex sounding preparation procedure?

This recipe for Really Simple Sweet and Sour Chicken has but three ingredients in the sauce. It is simple, delicious and easy - I promise. This recipe is for two people and incorporates the two breast fillets from our chicken, prepared in the previous post.


2 chicken breast fillets (pre-cooked)
4oz basmati rice
1 small can of crushed pineapple in pineapple juice - about 8oz
1 small can of chopped tomatoes in tomato juice - about 8oz
1 tbsp dark soy sauce


Open the cans of pineapple and tomato and pour the contents of both in to a small saucepan. Add the tbsp of dark soy sauce. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer for around twenty minutes, until a thick, lush sauce is formed, stirring frequently. Do not add sugar, salt or any other form of seasoning - it is not necessary.

Different cooking instructions are provided on different types of basmati rice but the type which I purchase usually requires that it be boiled in a large pan of water for twelve minutes. Remember to rinse the rice in cold water first and put it on that it will be ready at the same time as the sauce.

Slice the chicken breasts and when the rice is ready, drain it well and arrange the sliced chicken on top. The sauce can then either be spooned over the chicken or arranged as a moat in the picture included in this post.

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