Vegan Sweet Hot and Sour Chicken
This is quickie filler post but the Breakfast Blues part 2 is coming up when I get better. Yes I made this even if I am sick I am someone who needs the tastiest food to recover.
I have a love hate relationship with Chinese takeout because it is usually sickly sweet and the protein is never seasoned and just heavily sauced. My partner however has a hate relationship for takeout and even if we are in a bind for food he avoids the restaurants even if they have many vegan options. I started to make my own takeout making more nutritionally sound swaps and here is one of my dishes that I make often at home and honestly if you are skillful and follow my steps you can have this done in 30 minutes.
Hot Sweet and Sour Chicken on Brown Rice and Steamed Vegetables
The Art of Making Good Takeout Style Sweet and Sour Chicken
Batter, Coat and Serve
Step 1: I seasoned my Morning Star Vegan Chicken strips first with Bajan Seasoning to give me that familiar flavouring on the protein. I proceeded to make a batter with cornstarch, flour soy sauce, cayenne, lemon pepper and salt and soymilk. I battered the chicken and in minimal when I say minimal oil I cooked the battered chicken briefly to brown the outsides and drained it and stuck it in a warm oven for the rest of the time.
Step 2: I proceeded to put the rice on the stove as it takes a hell of a time to cook and then cut up my fresh vegetables to steam as the rice was cooking.
Step 3: I made my sauce with this recipe as the loose base as I never measure anything then I added pineapple chunks, Worcestershire sauce, chopped fresh garlic, chopped fresh ginger, asian chilli sauce, sriracha sauce. and onion powder. I let it cook on low heat simmering so the pineapple could add some flavour to the sauce. Just before serving you have to add some cornstarch to the sauce to make it thick and sticky and immediately add your chicken that has been sitting in the oven and stir and turn off the heat. The chicken will absorb all the flavour in the fake skin you made with the batter.
Step 4: Serve in a bowl with hot steamed rice and veggies and eat.
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