Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken

Prep and cook time: 30 minutes

1 tablespoon canola oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 cup snow peas, halved
1 green bell pepper , cut into large chunks
1 yellow onion , cut into large chunks
1 14-ounce can pineapple chunks, undrained
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
1 garlic clove(s), minced
1 cup jasmine rice, uncooked

[1] Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add chicken and stir-fry until cooked through and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove to a bowl, leaving the oil behind. Add snow peas, green pepper and onion to the skillet and stir-fry for 1 or 2 minutes, just until the color brightens. Add to the bowl with the chicken.
[2] Drain the juice from the pineapple chunks into a measuring cup. (Reserve the pineapple chunks.) Into the juice mixture, stir in water, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch, ginger and garlic.
[3] Pour this mixture into the skillet, lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, until the sauce simmers and begins to thicken, about 3 minutes.
[4] Return the chicken and vegetables to the pan along with the pineapple chunks and continue to cook, stirring constantly for 3 to 5 minutes or until the sauce is glossy and thick and everything is heated through.
[5] Meanwhile, cook rice according to package instructions. Serve over rice.

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