A Family Favorite

Our family absolutely loves Japanese and Chinese food-even the kids love it.  I thought I would share a couple of our favorite recipes.  They are not authentic Chinese recipes but they sure are good. . .

Sweet and Sour Chicken

2 ½ cups cut up cooked chicken

1 egg, slightly beaten                                      ½ cup sugar

¼ cup cornstarch                                            1 green pepper, cut into 1” squares

2 tablespoons shortening                                 ¼ cup water

1 can (13 ½ oz) pineapple chunks,                 2 tablespoons cornstarch

    drained (reserve syrup)                              1 teaspoon soy sauce

½ cup vinegar                                                   1 can (16 oz) small carrots,

3 cups hot rice                                                      drained


Toss chicken and egg until all pieces are coated.

Sprinkle ¼ cup cornstarch over chicken; toss until all pieces are coated.

Melt shortening in medium skillet.  Add chicken pieces; cook over medium heat until brown.  Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

Add enough water to reserved pineapple syrup to measure 1 cup.  Stir liquid, vinegar and sugar into skillet.  Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Stir in green pepper; heat to boiling.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer 2 minutes.

Blend water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch; stir into skillet.  Cook stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils.  Boil and stir 1 minute.  Stir in pineapple chunks, soy sauce, carrots and chicken; heat through.  Serve over rice.  4 servings

If you like shish-ka-bobs try these:

Hawaiian Chicken

3 whole chicken breasts, cut into 1” cubes

20 oz can pineapple chunks, reserve juice

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup soy sauce

¼ cup butter

green and red pepper chunks


Drain pineapple, reserving juice.  Boil reserved juice, 1 cup brown sugar and soy sauce for 5 minutes.  Stir in butter.  Pour over chicken.  Chill 1 hour.  Remove chicken.  Cook marinade until syrupy.  Skewer chicken, pineapple and pepper chunks.  Brush with syrup.  Broil turning and brushing until chicken is done, about 10-12 minutes.  Serves 4

These are 2 recipes that my family really likes and I hope yours will also!


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