Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken and Fried Rice

I have to admit, my luck is a bit hit or miss when it comes to trying to reproduce Asian recipes that I see on Pinterest. Sometimes things that look awesome on camera turn out tasting like an abomination that ends up in the garbage can, pin deleted never to be seen again (I’m looking at you, tamale pie). Other times, you happen to stumble upon a recipe that tastes as good as it looks. This baked sweet and sour chicken tastes just as good as the fried version, and is a dead on reproduction of the stuff with the bright orange sauce that you get at your favorite Chinese takeout. In my book, that makes this recipe a winner. I served it with leftover fried rice from earlier that week, but the recipe for fried rice below sounds like it’s a perfect partner for the chicken.

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken and Fried Rice

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
recipe courtesy Life in the Lofthouse

3-4 boneless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1 c. cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
¼ c. canola oil

Sweet and Sour Sauce:
¾ c. sugar
4 tbsp. ketchup
½ c. distilled white vinegar
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. garlic salt

Start by preheating your oven to 325F. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat, then dip into the eggs.

Heat ¼ cup oil in a large skillet and pan-fry chicken pieces just until slightly browned but not cooked through. Place chicken in a 9 x 13-inch greased baking dish.

Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk. Pour evenly over the chicken. Bake chicken for one hour, uncovered. During the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.

Serve immediately with the fried rice recipe below.

Fried Rice

3 cups cooked white rice (day old or leftover rice works best!)
3 Tablespoons sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
1 cup frozen peas and carrots (thawed)
1 small onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3-4 Tablespoons soy sauce

On medium high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok. Add the peas/carrots mix, onion and garlic. Stir fry until tender. Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side, then pour eggs on the other side of skillet. Stir fry until scrambled.

Now add the rice and soy sauce and blend all together well. Stir fry until thoroughly heated!