Sweet & Sour Chicken

Recently I've been struggling to find a decent Chinese restaurant. Luckily I have a perfect recipe for sweet&sour chicken which tastes just like Chinese takeaway (in a good way). The only downside is that the chicken has to sit in a marinade for some time (preferably overnight). But once that is done, the dish can be prepared easily. Sorry for the awful photo, it's from last autumn. I've been planning to post this ever since and actually I cooked it again today. I have no daylight to photograph this, as when I'm home from work, it's already dark. This is so good that it really deserves to be posted NOW. I might later add nicer photos :P

Sweet&Sour Chicken 

adapted from CHINA modern by Ching-He Huang

serves 3-4

400 g chicken breast, cut to bitesize pieces
1 big red bell pepper, cut to big pieces
1-2 onions, cut to wedges

1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp blackpepper
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
4 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar

Sweet&Sour Sauce:
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, grated
1 Tbsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp (white wine) vinegar
2 tsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp ketchup
2 Tbsp water (or fruit juice)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp honey (or light syrup)
sriracha chili sauce according to taste ( I use 1 tsp)

Mix all ingredients of the marinade in a bowl and add chicken. Leave to marinade for 2 hours minimum, preferably over night.

Meanwhile you can prepare the sauce: heat the vegetable oil in a (small) pan, add garlic and ginger, stir-fry under 1 minute (don't let it burn). Add soy sauce, vinegars, ketchup, water, sugar, honey and chili sauce. Let it boil a bit and take the pan off the heat. (If you are planning to stir-fry the chicken in the same pan, put the sauce to a bowl.

Take the chicken pieces out of the marinade and stir-fry for couple minutes. Add the onion ja let it cook for a couple minutes. Add the bellpepper and the sweet&sour sauce, mix and let the sauce coat all the pieces evenly. When the bellpeppers are cooked but still "crunchy" take off the heat and serve with rice.

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