Rabu, 14 Agustus 2019
Easily the best recipe on my blog, this baked candy and sour hen is a miracle of a dish. Baked, now not fried, it’s been a household favourite for over a decade!
Scoop of baked candy and sour hen from the pan.
Invented on a faculty price range virtually 20 years ago, this baked candy and sour hen is the best recipe on my blog. And even better, it nonetheless stays certainly one of our household favorites.
You might have viewed this recipe floating round the internet; it’s everywhere! And for nice reason. It’s loopy delicious.
But I’m pleased (and yes, a section of proud) to recognize that the delectable candy and sour hen recipe originated proper the following (posted method again in 2008, it was certainly one of the primary recipes I ever shared on my blog!).
Baked candy and sour hen items over white rice with steamed broccoli.
With over 800 comments, 50+ 5-star reviews, and virtually half a million pins/shares, that soon look will inform you there’s anything unique about this recipe.
If you’re new to the global of baked candy and sour chicken, permit me provide you a soon rundown.
First, this recipe, whereas delicious and completely and completely value it, goes to be a section additional work than your common Tuesday evening time spaghetti.
It’s now not complicated. It’s now not hard. But it’s also now not a 30-minute meal. So with that caveat in place, here’s the 5-second overview.
Side by aspect pans of unbaked and baked candy and sour chicken.
Chicken items are coated in cornstarch adopted by a soon dunk in a tub of calmly crushed eggs. They are then dropped suitable into a piping hot skillet with a smidgeon of oil and browned soon earlier than being stuffed in one layer in a baking pan.
The tremendous simple sauce is whisked together, poured on top, and the entire candy and sour hen concoction bakes for about an hour.
There is simply the proper quantity of sauce for the breaded hen items to bake in with out fitting saturated and soggy (and permitting the sauce to thicken and caramelize whereas baking).
But in case you’re a saucy sort of user (like my husband), as I point out within the notes of the recipe, you’ll be able to very simply whip up one other batch of sauce, simmer it at the stove, and serve it along the tender, amazing, baked candy and sour chicken.
Baked candy and sour hen over rice on white plate being drizzled with candy and sour sauce.
Because this recipe has been round for a lengthy time and simply due to the fact there had been rather lots of questions within the comments, I’ve placed collectively a soon FAQ on your studying pleasure.
That method you’ll be able to take a appear at a few of probably one of the foremost requested questions and the solutions with out having to filter out by masses of comments.
Sweet and Sour FAQ:
Question: Can I reduce the sugar?
Answer: Many folks have commented that they have lowered the sugar to 1/2 cup and I’ve performed the similar (if now not more) over the years, too.
Question: The vinegar scent is actually overpowering once I bake this. Is that normal?
Answer: Yes. Vinegar, whereas baking, provides off a solid aroma, however the solid aroma/taste bakes off throughout the advised time within the recipe leaving a delicious candy and sour taste.
Question: Can I reduce at the quantity of vinegar resulting from the aforementioned question?
Answer: That’s as a lot as you. Many folks within the feedback have adapted the recipe ingredients; however, assorted than typically slicing the sugar to 1/2 cup and utilizing a assorted sort of vinegar (see the query below), I make the recipe as written and can’t vouch for effects for assorted adaptations. I actually have made this candy and sour hen recipe at the very least 50 occasions (probably more) and even although the vinegar appears overpowering, the recipe works. Promise. If you’re determined to adapt the vinegar, a few others have used half vinegar and half pineapple juice for a milder style (but you’ll lose a section of bit of the candy and sour punch).
Top down view of baked candy and sour hen over rice on white plate.
Question: I don’t have apple cider vinegar OR I hate apple cider vinegar OR insert a cause you don’t desire to make use of apple cider vinegar, can I change one other sort of vinegar?
Answer: Why yes! I usually change rice vinegar which has a relatively milder/sweeter style and plenty of others within the feedback have substituted the similar and even used white vinegar. Feel loose to experiment.
Question: Can I sub anything for the cornstarch? Flour?
Answer: All-purpose flour won’t provide the similar faded coating simply due to the fact the cornstarch. The basically respectable change I’ve discovered is tapioca flour/starch. Works great!
Question: Surely there’s a misprint in baking time. An hour for small hen pieces? What’s the deal?
Answer: I inspire you to make the recipe as written. Like I stated above, I’ve made this recipe many occasions and the hour baking time isn’t a typo. Keep in thoughts which you simply don’t desire to prepare dinner the hen by whereas browning it. That step ought to be a soon flash within the pan in hot oil so as to offer the hen a crispy outer layer, however the items ought to nonetheless be uncooked within the center. Many have commented that they have cut the baking time down to 30 minutes. You can strive that; the sauce won’t thicken as rather lots as though baking for the complete hour.
Question: Are you certain I’m intended to lay the hen within the cornstarch combination earlier than the egg? That simply appears wrong.
Answer: I’m now not usually right, but within the case of cornstarch and egg, I am. The hen is coated with cornstarch after which dipped in egg.
Question: Can I upload pineapple or assorted veggies to this whereas baking?
Answer: I don’t see why not! Many commenters have tried that with nice results.
Question: Can I prep this forward of time? Can it’s made suitable into a freezer meal?
Answer: I actually haven’t tried both but actually sense loose to experiment! Someone commented within the 500’s about freezing the candy and sour hen in case you desire to appear up specifics.
Question: What sort of ketchup do you use?
Answer: I all of the time attempt to apply the Heinz Natural model (without HCFS) but if I can’t discover it, I move with usual Heinz.
What To ServeBaked Brown Rice
Creamy 5-Cup Fruit Salad or fresh, seasonal fruit
Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
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3-4 boneless, skinless hen breasts (about 2 pounds)
Salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 big eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola, vegetable or coconut oil
1/2 to 3/4 cup granulated sugar (depending on how candy you desire the sauce)
four tablespoons ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (see observe for substitutions)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt
Preheat the oven to 325 ranges F.
Cut the hen breasts into 1-inch or relatively increased pieces. Season calmly with salt and pepper. Place the cornstarch in a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Put the hen into the bag with the cornstarch and seal, tossing to coat the chicken.
Whisk the eggs collectively in a shallow pie plate. Heat the oil in a big skillet over medium warmth till extremely popular and rippling. Dip the cornstarch-coated hen items within the egg and location them intently in one layer within the hot skillet.
Cook for 20-30 seconds on every aspect till the crust is golden however the hen isn’t all of the method cooked by (this is the position it is actually essential to have a hot skillet/oil). Place the hen items in one layer in a 9X13-inch baking dish and repeat with the final hen pieces.
Mix the sauce meals collectively in a medium bowl and pour over the chicken. Bake for one hour, turning the hen as soon as or twice whereas cooking to coat evenly with sauce. Serve over hot, steamed rice.
See the recipe publish for a ton of FAQ’s about this recipe (substitutions, etc).
If you love additional sauce, double the sauce meals – pour half over the hen and comply with the recipe instructions; pour the assorted half in a small saucepan and prepare dinner the sauce at the stovetop at a simmer for 8-10 minutes till it reduces and thickens. Serve it at the aspect of the chicken.