Sweet & Sour Chicken with Pineapple and Red Onion

I decided to try this recipe from Jamie's Cookbook despite the fact that I'm not a fan of fruit in my dinners. I must admit I liked the bites I took without pineapple better, but even those with it were pretty dang good. I really liked the overall flavor of the dish...especially with some soy sauce on top.

2 chicken breasts (thinly sliced)
1 T soy sauce
1 T rice vinegar
2 T vegetable oil
1 medium red onion (long, thin strips)
20oz can pineapple tidbits, drained and reserve some liquid
3 medium scallions (green parts: ¼" lengths & white parts: minced)
1 T garlic (minced)
1 T fresh ginger (minced)
1 recipe sweet and sour stir-fry sauce (see below)

-Toss the chicken with the soy sauce and vinegar in a medium bowl; set aside for 15 minutes, tossing once or twice.
-Heat skillet over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add 1 T oil and swirl it so the oil evenly coats the bottom of the pan. Heat the oil until it just starts to shimmer and smoke.
-Drain the chicken and add it to the pan. Stir-fry until seared and about three-quarters cooked, 2 ½ to 3 minutes. Scrape the cooked chicken and all of the liquid into a bowl. Cover and keep warm.
-Let the pan come back up to temperature, 1 to 2 minutes. When it is hot, drizzle in 2 teaspoons oil. When the oil just starts to smoke, add the onions and stir-fry until just tender-crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the pineapple and cook 1 minute. Add the scallion greens and cook 15 to 30 seconds.
-Clear the center of the pan and add the white parts of the scallions, garlic, and ginger. Drizzle with ½ teaspoon oil. Mash into the pan with the back of a spatula. Cook until fragrant but not colored. Remove the pan from heat and stir the scallions, garlic, and ginger into the vegetables for 20 seconds.
-Return the pan to the heat and add the cooked chicken. Stir in the sauce and stir-fry until the ingredients are well coated with sauce and sizzling hot, about 1 minute. Serve immediately with rice.

Sweet and Sour Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients:
3 T red wine vinegar
3 T sugar
1 ½ T tomato sauce
1 ½ T pineapple juice
¼ t salt
*Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.


Anonymous said...

Soy sauce is not gluten free is it?

Marci said...

It depends on the brand that you get. Just check your labels (La Choy is a popular brand).
I do sometimes label meals with a sauce in them gluten free though since I personally still eat them if it's only a small amount.
Under my link "Other Recipe Blogs" there is one for Kill the Gluten and they have some great and easy truly gluten free recipes. They haven't been posting a lot recently, but there is a good supply on there.

Heidi said...

You have some great looking recipes!