Saturday, June 15, 2013

Chicken & Vegetables in Sweet & Sour Sauce

Last weekend, I asked my Mom to share her recipe of Sweet & Sour Sauce, and decided to try my hand at it. The result was surprisingly similar to what I had in my memories...

I replaced the traditional fried chicken chunks in the original recipe with chicken chunks prepared in "Spicy Shake & Bake" - This was done in order to "parallelize" the cooking process...


  • 1/2 lb boneless chicken breast, chopped in chunks
  • 1 pkg Spicy Shake & Bake (won't be using the entire pack, only enough for the amount of chicken used)
  • 1 capsicum/green pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 250-300g frozen vegetables (carrots, lima beans, cauliflower) (optional)
  • 3-4 cloves pressed garlic
  • 1 Cup ketchup
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Tbsp Sambal Oelek (chili paste)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  • Boil the frozen vegetables for about 2-3 minutes (over-boiling will make the vegies too soft). Heat one tablespoon of oil in a wok. Stir fry the vegetables for a few minutes. Remove from wok.
  • Heat one tablespoon of oil in the wok. Add chopped onions and green peppers. Stir fry for a few minutes. Remove from wok.
  • Mix ketchup, soy sauce, sugar, chili paste and black pepper in a bowl.
  • Heat one tablespoon of oil in the wok. Add garlic and sauteed for a few minutes.
  • Turn stove to medium heat, and add the ketchup mixture to the work. Mix thoroughly.
  • After a few minutes of cooking, add a cup of water to the wok. Stir. Once bubbles appear, turn the heat to low, continue stirring every now and then.
  • Prepare the chicken chunks by following instructions on the Shake & Bake package. For me, this involved coating the chicken in the Shake & Bake mixture, placing on an aluminum-foil-covered baking tray and baking for about 20-22 minutes.
  • When the chicken is almost ready, turn up the heat on the wok with the sauce mixture. Add a tablespoon of cornflour to thicken it, and stir. Add the vegetables, onions and green peppers to the sauce.
  • Remove chicken from oven and add to the sauce.

Voila! The Sweet & Sour Sauce is ready!

Serve with boiled or fried rice...

Chicken & Vegetables in Sweet & Sour Sauce with Boiled Brown Rice


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