Sweet and Sour Chicken

  • Patten Posted: 11/30/08
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    really enjoyed this dish. husband wants to have it again soon. finished it up in one dinner - just the two of us. we loved the pineapple. was a great substitute to take out.

  • dbshade Posted: 10/15/09
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    I felt it was lacking something, but I couldn't put my finger on it. It was a little labor intensive (chopping onions, cleaning and chopping celery/red pepper and having to cut up all the chicken). Having said that, the bottled ginger and garlic omitted having to chop those as well! It tasted good, but again, I felt something was missing. I did not alter the recipe and I served it over brown rice. 16-year old daughter liked it, as did my husband. Will probably make again.

  • lilmamamac Posted: 11/22/08
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    Our family loves this dish and we make it at least once a month! It's perfect for a weeknight meal. I think the cashews add a nice touch!

  • BeckyA Posted: 11/30/08
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    We felt like the sauce had too much soy sauce, it was about all we could taste. I would not make it again unless I figured out how to revise the recipe.

  • summersquash Posted: 02/18/09
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    Great, easy recipe. I spiced it up a little more. More sugar, pineapple and soy sauce. I think it would be good with a little cabbage shreded in just before vegetables are done. I'm going to try it next time.

  • shcox01 Posted: 02/20/10
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    my husbands LOVED this dish! he said it was better than any restaurant dish he's had....BIG compliment. i did use 1/4 tsp of ground red pepper instead of crushed red pepper, so it kicked up the heat a bit (but not too much). an added bonus, it was SO EASY to make and required ingredients we usually have on-hand already. definitely will make this again.

  • cloebser Posted: 01/13/09
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    This recipe is a great light version of the take out- use fresh pineapple instead of canned.

  • vibeguy Posted: 01/22/09
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    This dish isn't anything like the sweet and sour chicken you get at chinese restaurants, but it is still a tasty dish. Will make again.

  • karenkley Posted: 02/18/09
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    My very picky kids love this easy recipe. They especially love the pineapple and cashews. We serve with rice. Very filling! We've made it several times.

  • csher90210 Posted: 02/16/09
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    This was super easy to prepare, only 2 cutting boards and 2 pans! The flavor and consistency are great, though not exactly what you think of with the dyed red sweet and sour from your local "chinese" joint. also a very inexpensive meal. In the future, I'd add water chestnuts. Also, I did 1 1/2 x the suace mixture, which seemed just about perfect.

  • dikaiosune7 Posted: 04/10/09
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    I will never eat Chinese take-out again! This was WONDERFUL! Pretty easy to make and will definitely go on our regular rotation. I would absolutely serve it for dinner guests.

  • SHANN1105 Posted: 04/29/09
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    Better than most Chinese restaurants!

  • Irish1921 Posted: 03/30/10
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    The recipe was pretty good, but there is room for improvement. The sauce was a little dull, and there was too much soy sauce for my tastes. Next time I will use more pineapple juice, less soy sauce, and more brown sugar. I added green pepper for color and ground red pepper instead of crushed. The prep time put me over 20 minutes, but it was still relatively quick. A make again, but with some tweaks.

  • souleado Posted: 06/22/09
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    Delicious!!! I added the whole can of pineapple and juice, a red pepper and an orange one and a little extra garlic. I wouldn't use the cashews. They didn't add much for the extra calories and fat. New family favorite.

  • Ash0290 Posted: 08/24/09
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    This was really good and super fast! Definately tasted like it took a lot longer. It took 20 minutes maybe a little less for me. I had some onion already chopped leftover from another dish and I use frozen pepper strips since fresh bell pepper is really expensive where we are. My husband doesn't like nuts so i omitted them but it would be really good with nuts, I'll probably add them for me next time.

  • ncparkins Posted: 01/28/10
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    I enjoyed it except for the fact that it had too much soy sauce for my liking....I would not use 1/2 cup again...other than that it was super!!

  • GotRecipes Posted: 12/07/09
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    I found this recipe to be tasteless. I added 2 tablespoons of Hoisin sauce which added some flavor.

  • Tbjk09 Posted: 11/06/09
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    My entire family loved this dish...even my three year old son who is a very picky eater. Maybe it's because I let him help me in little ways while cooking. I changed it up a bit. I changed the process and used one bag of frozen chopped onions, celery and peppers. The order of the recipe changed but it came out great. I also used rice wine vinegar instead of sherry. We loved it! I'll make it again for sure.

  • radiohigh Posted: 10/29/10
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    I thought this recipe was good, but not fantastic. I found it to be a bit bland, however, every bite with a pineapple chunk always bursted with flavor. I might add a little more brown sugar next time. I also might add more red bell pepper next time. Overall the dish was good. I will try this again with some added to taste subtle changes of my own.

  • jlyn1030 Posted: 11/10/10
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    It was okay, not great--the sauce was slightly off (not authentic, maybe too much pineapple juice for the sauce?) I probably won't make it again

  • rtallerico Posted: 10/11/11
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    Didn't taste like sweet and sour chicken at all. The soy sauce over powered everything else. I would consider making again with much less soy sauce.

  • Jojolynf Posted: 09/12/11
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    Amazingly good alternative to an unhealthy version. My family loves it. Probably have 2-3 times a month. We use the recipe as is with great success!

  • NY1000 Posted: 09/13/11
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    Hello, Made this for dinner this evening did not add the nuts, allergic. It was served with Jasmine rice and sauteed/steamed seasoned shredded cabbage. It was a hit. Thank you.

  • KittyD22 Posted: 01/08/12
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    Great recipe! I skipped the celery and the cashews (because I was out) and even the kids loved it! And it killed the chinese craving. I wll definitely be making this again. Yum!

  • Deshala Posted: 01/07/12
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    The first day I ate this I thought it was okay. A lot of effort (chopping everything) for something to be good but not great. The second day it was much better. The flavors need to marinate together on this. My mother and husband really liked it. I used brown rice, omitted the cashews and used fresh ginger.

  • MarloM Posted: 02/25/13
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    Was good. Since I'm cutting back on sodium cut soy sauce in half... Skedaddle a little, but was pretty good. Kids and dh liked it.

  • cherylou Posted: 09/27/12
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    I make this regularly at our house. Not a favorite but a good solid meal. My husband likes it plenty and I'm just so-so about it. The flavors are really strong so plain rice really helps out.

  • Stinkinkitchen Posted: 02/19/13
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    As other reviewers have noted, it was too much of something (ginger and sherry?) and lacking something else (salt and something tangy). I added fresh string beans and shredded carrots, which were yummy. Thinking this would be nice in a hoisin sauce right out of a jar. I did like the red pepper flakes, added the right amount of hot. Not bad, will try again with some tweaks.

  • FoodsTeacher1 Posted: 05/03/13
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    My students made this in my foods class and everyone really liked it. We did make a couple of changes though. We did not use the Sherry. We used 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic instead of bottled. We used about 1/2 t of ground ginger instead of bottled. We had to improvise since I forgot to get the pineapple so we used the juice from a can of oranges instead. We also used bok choy instead of celery. I will definitely make this again, both at home and in class.

  • karenfar Posted: 10/11/13
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    Huntington Beach, CA

    This is really good for a weeknight dinner. I made half the recipe for 2 of us but used fresh garlic and added more veggies than called for. Also used a green pepper instead of red because I had it on hand. I made a full recipe of the sauce and it was a little too thick so less cornstarch next time. I garnished with toasted sliced almonds which worked perfectly.

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