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Fast & Easy Dinner: Sweet and Sour Chicken

Fast & Easy Dinner: Sweet and Sour Chicken


Instead of ordering out tonight, consider whipping up this homemade rendition of the classic takeout dish. Chunks of chicken are tossed with crisp vegetables and an uncomplicated sauce made of apricot preserves and soy sauce.

Served on brown rice, this dish is healthier than the restaurant counterpart because there's no deep-frying involved. If you're a vegetarian, substitute tofu for the chicken. Look at the recipe when you read more.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Ingredients

2 cups instant brown rice
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pound chicken tenders, cut into bite-size pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons finely grated or minced fresh ginger
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
6 cups bite-size pieces of vegetables, such as snow peas, broccoli and bell peppers
1 5-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained

Directions

  1. Prepare rice according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch and apricot preserves in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, undisturbed, for 2 minutes. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink on the outside and just starting to brown in spots, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, garlic and ginger to the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 20 to 30 seconds.
  5. Add broth and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add vegetables, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the vegetables are tender-crisp, 4 to 6 minutes.
  6. Stir in water chestnuts and the chicken.
  7. Whisk the reserved sauce and add to the pan. Simmer, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened and the chicken is heated through, about 1 minute. Serve with the rice.

Serves 4.

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