This simple recipe for sweet and sour chicken doesn’t use any crazy Chinese ingredients. It’s basically the american-ized version of the dish. It’s also very delicious.
This recipe is intended to be served with rice, but there is no rice in the recipe. Serve it with rice anyways.
This sweet and sour chicken recipe uses this simple sweet and sour sauce recipe. An abridged version will be included below to keep everything on one page, but the sauce can be used for many other dishes as well.
Ingredients for Sweet and Sour Chicken
For this recipe, you will need:
Four boneless, skinless chicken breasts
One red pepper
One green pepper
Some finely chopped ginger
Five to seven garlic cloves, depending on how much you love garlic
In a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
With your chicken (probably) about cooked, add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil to a frying pan and begin cooking your peppers, your garlic, and your ginger. Once the peppers have started to soften, add your onions. Cube up your chicken breasts and add those as well.
Pour your sweet and sour sauce overtop and allow to simmer for a few more minutes, and you’re done.
Tips for Making Sweet and Sour Chicken
This recipe is written in an order that allows for the cooking times to align with your prep time. You can pre-make the sweet and sour sauce if you consider it simpler.
If you choose to use the pineapple, add it at the same time you re-add the chicken.
Some recipes suggest you cook the chicken along with the peppers. This one doesn’t. It’s for health reasons and for simplicity’s sake. Do what you will.
Traditional red sauce isn’t quite as quick to make as alfredo sauce, but it’s another simple option. This simple recipe will produce a very nice, yet simple, homemade pasta sauce.
Meatballs not included
Pasta Sauce Ingredients
You’re going to need:
six to eight nice large tomatoes
two green peppers
four garlic cloves
and a bunch of salt and pepper
How to Cook Homemade Pasta Sauce
Chop your tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic as finely as you want. If you prefer a smooth pasta sauce you can chop everything as finely as possible. For a chunky tomato sauce, leave everything big. In chunks, even.
Pour a quarter cup of olive oil into your pot and heat over medium heat. Wait until the oil is hot before you add all of your veggies and your garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and simmer for at least thirty minutes. Longer is usually better.
If the mixture seems too thick for your liking, add water and continue simmering.
Pasta Sauce-Making Tips
There are hundreds of possible variations you can make on pasta sauce. Don’t be scared to experiment with different spices and ingredients.
Mushrooms are a nice addition, if you’re into that sort of thing.
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