Main Dish

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Hands-on Time: 25 minutes
Total Time : 30 minutes
Serves 4

  • 1 c long grain-white rice
  • 18 oz frozen chicken nuggets
  • ½ c apricot preserves
  • 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced – optional
  • ½ lb snow peas – optional
  • 1 chili pepper, seeded and sliced – optional
  • ½ c roasted cashews – optional
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced – optional
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions.  Meanwhile, cook the chicken according to the package directions.  (If there’s a frying pan option, choose it; otherwise, bake.)
  2. In a small bowl, make the sauce; whisk together the preserves, soy sauce, vinegar, and ginger; set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the celery and cook, tossing, for 2 minutes.  Add the snow peas and chili pepper and cook, tossing, until the vegetables are just tender, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  4. Add the chicken, sauce, and cashews and toss to coat.  Serve over the rice and sprinkle with the scallions.

A dissappointing Real Simple find. I don’t recommend this recipe. At least not the way I made it. First off, yes, I did omit everything I tagged above as optional. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a veggie lover so why waste them, right? And I don’t think that leaving those items out was the error.

Chicken Nuggets for Sweet and Sour Chicken

I believe the real issue was with the chicken nuggets I used. You may or not be able to tell from the pictures but mine are your run of the mill, frozen, plainly breaded chicken nuggets. And they did not come with a frying pan option.

Chicken Nuggets in Sweet and Sour Sauce

I would only try this recipe again if I could find a McDonalds-esque chicken nugget. Their breading is closer to that of Chinese take-out Sweet and Sour Chicken morsels. Oh and I would also just use store-bought sweet and sour sauce. That would be so much easier!

We did end up with leftovers but, no surprise, those went untouched and got tossed on trash day.

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