Sweet and Sour Chicken
- 2 pounds chicken breasts, diced 1 inch cubes
- 1 egg white
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 teaspoons corn starch
- 10 ounce pineapple chunks, canned
- ½ cup pineapple juice, reserved from can
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ½ cup ketchup
- 4-6 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
- 1 cup onion, cut into 1 inch cubes
1) In a bowl, combine the chicken with the egg white, salt and cornstarch. Stir to coat the chicken evenly. Let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
2) In the meantime, whisk together the pineapple juice, vinegar, ketchup, salt, and brown sugar.
3) Heat a large frying pan or wok over high heat until a bead of water instantly sizzles and evaporates. Pour in the 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and swirl to coat. It's important that the pan is very hot. Add the chicken and spread the chicken out in one layer. Let the chicken fry, untouched for 1 minute, until the bottoms are browned. Flip and fry the other side the same for 1 minute. The chicken should still be pinkish in the middle. Dish out the chicken onto a clean plate, leaving as much oil in the pan as possible.
4) Turn the heat to medium and add the remaining 1 teaspoon of cooking oil. Let the oil heat up and then add the bell pepper chunks and ginger and onion. Fry for 1 minute. Add the pineapple chunks and the sweet and sour sauce. Turn the heat to high and when the sauce is simmering, add the chicken pieces back in. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Timing depends on how thick you've cut your chicken. The best way to tell if the chicken is done is to take a piece out and cut into it. If it's pink, add another minute to the cooking.
Taste the sauce and add more brown sugar if you’d like.