Nutritional Wisdom with Carly Pollack

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Ingredients
SAUCE INGREDIENTS
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp tamari
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp white pepper
NUGGET INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp expeller-pressed coconut oil
1/4 cup tapioca or arrowroot starch
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp white pepper
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small chunks
2 large eggs, beaten
SLURRY INGREDIENTS
1 tbsp arrowroot starch
1 tbsp cold water
GARNISH INGREDIENTS
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
2 green onions sliced

Directions
1. In a saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients. Bring to a simmer over low-medium heat. Reduce to low heart and gently simmer as you prepare the rest of the meal; stir occasionally.

2. Preheat oven to 250F. In a wok or skillet, warm the oil over medium heat. Combine tapioca starch, salt, and pepper, then toss the chicken pieces with the starch mixture. With your fingers, dip a starchy chicken piece in the beaten eggs, shake off the excess egg, and then add to the oil. Repeat until you have filled your skillet, being careful not to overcrowd the chicken pieces. Fry the chicken until cooked through, flipping every 2 minutes, about 6 to 8 minutes per batch. As you finish each batch, place the cooked pieces on a plate lined with paper towel. Put them in the oven to stay warm. You should be able to cook the chicken pieces in 3-4 batches, depending on the size of your skillet.

3. Once the chicken is cooked through, finish the sauce. Taste the sauce and add more salt or pepper if needed. If the sauce is too dark and strong tasting, add a little chicken broth to thin it out. At this point the sauce shold be about as thick as tomato soup and should have a sharp but not overwhelming flavor.

4. In a small bowl, stir together the arrowroot starch and cold water to create a slurry. Raise the sauce temperature to medium; once bubbling, add half of the slurry until thickened, adding more slurry if needed. Remove from heat.

5. Toss the chicken pieces with the sauce, then garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve over steamed rice.

Serving
4 servings


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