Monday, May 14, 2012

Frugal Pantry-Style Sweet and Sour Chicken

I don't know what it is about kids and sour stuff, but mine LOVE this chicken!
1 1/2 pounds of diced chicken
2 to 3 cups of self-rising flour
salt and pepper
1/4 cup (or more) of oil or fat for frying

2 T soy sauce (love Kikkoman's for this)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 cups jelly (I used pear-basil for this and it's great!)**
1/3 cup ketchup*opt
1/2 t ground ginger *opt

Dredge chicken pieces in flour. Fry in large pan, in oil or fat, just until golden on all sides. Salt and pepper in the pan.
(You may need a little more oil/fat. You want this to fry up a little dry, not in a pan full of oil.)

Sprinkle soy over chicken and drizzle vinegar into the pan. Pour jelly and ketchup over and stir lightly. Sprinkle ginger over and stir gently.
Simmer until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened. Approx. 10 minutes.

** I make lots of jelly so this is a great way to use last year's leftovers, those that didn't set up so well, or wacky flavors that my kids didn't go bonkers over, despite my enthusiasm. But- if you don't have extra jelly, use 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water.

Served over rice here, with steamed broccoli.

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