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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet pineapple, chicken, vegetables, and a savory sauce are combined to make a delicious meal for any night of the week.
Plate of diced pineapple, vegetables and chicken served with rice.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 6 Cups
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Ingredients

1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (see Notes)
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced, or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup sliced celery
1 medium onion, cut in eighths
1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 large carrot, sliced diagonally ¼" thick
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup cold water

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Rinse fresh vegetables under running water before preparing.
  3. Drain pineapple and reserve juice.
  4. Place chicken in a large skillet on low heat (250 degrees F in an electric skillet).
  5. Add reserved pineapple juice, chicken broth, vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink when cut.
  6. Add vegetables and pineapple. Cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with water and stir until smooth. Slowly pour into hot mixture, stirring constantly until thickened, about 1 minute.
  8. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

  • Serve over cooked rice or pasta.

  • Broth can be homemade, canned or made using bouillon. For each cup of broth use 1 cup very hot water and 1 teaspoon or 1 cube bouillon.

Comments

This dish is very flavorful with a kick of sweetness! I cooked all the ingredients combined about 15 to 20 minutes longer because I love my onions soft. Next time, I will add even more chicken because it just EXPLODES with flavor from the sauce. Delicious! 

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