I love Chinese food. Sweet & Sour Chicken ranks right up there with Sesame Chicken for me. On one condition though, the chicken can’t be breaded. Well. Let me clarify. I don’t like breaded sweet & sour chicken from Chinese restaurants. There’s so much breading and hardly any chicken. Sometimes I wonder of there’s any chicken at all. Have you ever felt that way? I went to make sesame chicken the other day and grabbed the sweet & sour sauce. I was going to just swap sauces with the recipe I had, and then I found the recipe on the back of the label. I had all the ingredients (even the bamboo shoots.. it’s crazy what I keep on hand right?) and it was quick to throw together. It ended up being so good we didn’t have hardly any left over (we served it for a dinner get together with friends). So good I made it again the next night!
Source: La Choy Sweet & Sour Sauce label
2 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
1 small onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper, seeded, cut into 3/4 in. chunks
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken, sliced into 2 x 1/2 in sclies
1 can (8 oz) La Choy Bamboo Shoots, drained
1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks, drained
1 jar (10 oz) La Choy Sweet & Sour Sauce
1 tbsp La Choy Soy Sauce
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. water
La Choy Chow Mein Noodles (optional)
Heat 1 tbsp oil in large skillet or wok over high heat. COok and stir onion and bell pepper about 2 minutes, or until crisp tender. Remove from skillet and set aside. Pour remaining 1 tbsp oil into skillet. Cook and stir chicken about 4 minutes or until no longer pink. Add onion and bell pepper back into skillet. Stir in bamboo shoots and pineapple chunks. Combine sweet and sour sauce and soy sauce in small bowl; add to skillet. Stir together corn starch and water until smooth; add to skillet. Cook until heated through and sauce thickens. Serve with chow mein noodles, if desired.
[My 2 Cents]
I don’t really know what the bamboo shoots have to offer. The first night we made this I didn’t add them. The second night I did add them. It’s good both ways but I wouldn’t specifically buy the bamboo shoots again for this recipe.