Hello there! My family loves eating takeout from our favorite Chinese restaurant. It’s a family-owned place, and the food is always wonderful and made from scratch. Plus, it’s never loaded down under buckets of heavy sauce. As much as we love the food, it can be a little pricey, so I came up with my own easy sweet and sour chicken. It’s light on the sauce, chock-full of veggies, and the kiddos just gobble it up! It’s also super easy to make.
Do you ever notice how often characters in certain TV shows eat Chinese takeout? I’m hooked on watching Law and Order reruns, and whenever I see them with those little white boxes, I get a sudden craving for Chinese food — weird!
Anyway, I like to make sweet and sour chicken as colorful as possible, so I really pile on the fresh veggies. The kids love pineapple, so I include that too. After everything is cooked, I add a little bit of bottled sauce. That way, it has plenty of flavor, but it’s not drowning in sauce. If people want to add more sauce, I’ll put some out on the table, and they can always add it later.
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
- 1 whole onion, chopped in large pieces
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 head of broccoli, chopped
- 2 peppers, chopped (I use both red and yellow for extra color.)
- 1 can pineapple chunks, drained (but save some juice!)
- 1 small can of water chestnuts, drained
- 2 teaspoons Penzeys Bangkok Blend seasoning mix
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon sweet and sour sauce
In a large skillet, brown the chicken in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat.
Add the seasoning mix and pepper flakes, and stir well.
Add the remaining ingredients, along with some of the pineapple juice.
Then, cover loosely with foil, and let the veggies cook until just tender. You can stir the mixture if you need to, just to make sure it cooks evenly.
You can always add more sauce or pineapple juice if you need to. Sometimes, I even add a little bit of orange juice.
Dont’ you just love those gorgeous colors?!
When the chicken is almost done, I turn the heat to low and whip up some brown rice. I usually use Minute Rice, so this only takes about 5 minutes. Then, it’s time to eat!
I love the convenience of skillet meals, don’t you? Just serve the chicken and veggies over the rice, and you’ve got a tasty dinner or lunch all in one bowl. And like I said, the family just loves this version of sweet and sour chicken, so it goes fast! And, it costs a lot less to make your own.
Do you ever make your own takeout favorites at home?
Thanks so much for visiting today!
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