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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Jessica Gavin

Yield: 4 servings | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • ½ cup honey, plus 2 tsp.
  • 6 Tbsp. rice vinegar, NAKANO® Natural Rice Vinegar
  • 4 tsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp. pineapple juice, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch

Chicken

  • 1½ lb boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into ¾-inch cubes (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into ¾-inch cubes (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 cup white onion, ¾-inch dice
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, canned, reserve juice for sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds, (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium sized bowl whisk together honey, NAKANO® Natural Rice Vinegar, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, tomato paste, and 1 Tbsp. pineapple juice (from pineapple chunks).
  2. In a separate small bowl whisk together 1 Tbsp. cornstarch and 2 Tbsp. pineapple juice. Water can be substituted for pineapple juice if desired.
  3. In a small pot add sauce mixture, heat over medium-high heat. Once boiling, add the cornstarch mixture. Whisk constantly until sauce thickens, about 30 seconds. Turn off heat and leave on stove top.
  4. To a large bowl add chicken, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup cornstarch, stir to coat the chicken.
  5. Heat a large sauté pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil and 1 tsp. sesame oil.
  6. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken in a single layer. Cook until light golden brown, about 4 minutes. Flip the chicken pieces to cook the other side, about 3 additional minutes or until no longer pink.
  7. Add 1 tsp. minced garlic, red and green bell peppers, and onions to the pan. Sauté until vegetables are crisp tender, about 2 minutes. Add pineapple and sauté for 1 minute. Add the sauce, stir to coat and cook another 2 minutes, or until sauce is warmed through.
  8. Serve sweet and sour chicken over rice. Enjoy!

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