Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Drum roll please, here is my long awaited Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken! I know I’ve been promising it for a few weeks but it’s worth the wait. I’ve adapted a recipe by Jo Pratt, Jo’s recipe can be found on the BBC Food Website.  Don’t bother phoning your local takeaway with this recipe you’ll have it on your plate in half the time, plus you’ll enjoy it more because you’ll have made it!

I’m not a massive sweet and sour fan myself but my mother is, she loves it so I found this on the net and because it was so straightforward and (because I had a pineapple to use 😀 ) I thought I’d cook it and see how it turned out like.

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken - The Ingredients

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken – The Ingredients

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken  - The Equipment Required

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken – The Equipment Required

There are a few ingredients for this one, but it’s quick to make and easy to follow. If you haven’t got a pineapple then you can add tinned pineapple, that’s what Jo uses on her recipe. The first thing you’ll need to do is chop all your ingredients up. You know me, I usually always keep everything small dice but this wasn’t for me. I chopped the ingredients slightly larger than I would have for myself, for two reasons. Firstly my mother’s teeth aren’t as bad as mine and secondly I wanted the peppers to still have a bit of bite and not turn into a mush!

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken - Chopping The Ingredients

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken – Chopping The Ingredients

Once you’ve chopped all the ingredients set them safely aside for later. Remember you are cooking chicken so it is important to follow food safety guidelines. I know I’ve already said this in Alice’s Mid Week Piri Piri BBQ Chicken and Patatas Bravas but I’m going to say it again

if you have any doubts on cooking chicken check these websites http://www.food.gov.uk/ or http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/homehygiene/Pages/Foodhygiene.aspx.

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken - Initially Cooking The Ingredients

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken – Initially Cooking The Ingredients

Heat the wok on a medium to high heat then the chicken, peppers, onions, garlic and ginger. You are going to cook that for 2 – 3 Minutes and then add the pineapple and spring onion and cook for a further minute. Before you add the pineapple and spring onion you’ll need to make the sauce. I’ve got to say I really enjoyed the sauce on its own… I could have probably eaten that with a bowl of rice… ( 😥 , I wish I’d done that now).

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken - The Sauce And The Wok After It Was Added

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken – The Sauce And The Wok After It Was Added

To make the sauce add all the ingredients to a sauce pan and let it cook for a couple of minutes, then mix the Cornflower and water and pour it into the sauce. Mix thoroughly and allow to thicken, after a minute or so pour the sauce into the wok.

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken - After The Sauce Had Thickened

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken – After The Sauce Had Thickened

Once you’ve poured the sauce in stir thoroughly to allow all the flavours and ingredients to meet each other and swap the life stories! Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 6 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and all the flavours have combined.

I served this for my mother with some boiled rice, you could however (if you were a potato freak like me use mashed potatoes). Something I’ve just thought of doing while writing the recipe up is freezing the sauce, I’m not sure how that would work, but you could make a batch of the sauce (before you poured it into the wok) and freeze it to use in the future… I’m going to have to try that one. You can download a pdf step-by-step version of this recipe here.  My mother really enjoyed it, it had a good balance of sweetness and sourness, which is what you want.  Jo recommends white pepper in her recipe… does anyone know why?  I shall have to find out?

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken and Boiled Rice - Plated and Ready To Eat

Speedy Sweet and Sour Chicken and Boiled Rice – Plated and Ready To Eat

On Tuesday we’ll have a Time-Saving Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice. A combination of a tin of Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala and a sachet of John West Egg Fried Rice – did I enjoy it? Was it Time-Saving? Will these questions ever end? Come back Tuesday and find out!

You can find Wheelie Good Meals on Pinterest come along and see what I’ve pinned and maybe you can help me get my head around it because I’m a wee bit confused. I’m not sure if there’s going to be a recipe next week, see how I’m feeling and how much time I’ve got but there will be a review of my meal at Stephen Terry’s The Hardwick… that’s one not to miss!

See you Tuesday 😆

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Pig Sty Pie Logo

I came up with the idea of this pie because I was thinking one day we’ve got Shepherd’s Pie for lamb and cottage pie for beef but nothing for pork…. so here it is. You can add or remove most of the ingredients (apart from the Pork Mince naturally)! If this dish had a theme tune it would be “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” from Toy Story as I didn’t come up with it alone, Jo Pratt helped me tweak the recipe and my long suffering best friend Rhian (Rant from Rant’s Cod) drew the logo! I’ve uploaded it today as it’s Jo’s birthday and it’s in her honour as a thanks for all the help she’s given me since we became friends – Happy birthday Jo 🙂

Ingredients for Pig Sty Pie

Ingredients for Pig Sty Pie

Some of the Equpment for Pig Sty Pie

Some of the Equpment for Pig Sty Pie

I’ve used some store cupboard items like Lazy Garlic, you can substitute that for 2/3 cloves of Garlic (in the photo above I used Garlic Granules). I also used some leftover Mashed Potato, I’ll cover the makings of that another time. The one thing I wouldn’t scrimp on is Cider, I usually use a Welsh Cider, that wasn’t available for the purposes of the photograph but any dry cider will do, not the type you drank as a teenager in the park though.

This is one of my personal favourites and one that I’ve had a lot of success with, Ben (as of Ben Way), Alice, my mother and others have really enjoyed it, I’m hoping you will to. When I actually made it for the purposes of photographing for the blog I didn’t use the Lardons or the Grated Cheese but I normally would.  It’s so quick and easy it’s ideal for a Mid-Week Meal and can be on the table in very little time.

Thanks to two other people for their help in re-creating this dish for the blog. Thanks to Alice for testing the recipe and for Ben’s photography skills. Click here to get step by step instructions on how to make this recipe.

Final Presentation of my Pig Sty Pie

Final Presentation of my Pig Sty Pie

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