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    Sweet & Sour Popcorn Chicken

    Sweet & Sour Popcorn Chicken. Photo by Halcyon Eve

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    25 mins

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    Halcyon Eve's Note:

    From Simple & Delicious. You could probably also use popcorn fish or other frozen, breaded or battered, bite-sized meat or seafood or even Quorn nuggets for vegetarians. I served it with Egg Drop Soup #185685 and Fried Rice #185688, plus some chicken & vegetable egg rolls. It's very delicious and simple to throw together. There's a lot of sauce, which was great for dipping the egg rolls into. The serving sizes for this and the other two recipes were fairly generous, too--we ate heartily and still had leftovers for DH's lunch. My toddler couldn't get enough of the chicken in the sauce (though I wish he'd done better with the fruit and veggies!).

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    1. 1
      In a large skillet or wok, heat oil. Stir-fry pepper and onion for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender.
    2. 2
      Drain pineapple, reserving juice in a 2-cup measuring cup; set pineapple aside. Add enough water to the juice to make 1 1/3 cups. Stir in the vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup.
    3. 3
      In a bowl, combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in pineapple juice mixture and mix until smooth. Gradually add to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add pineapple. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 4-5 minutes or until heated through.
    4. 4
      Meanwhile, microwave chicken according to package instructions. Stir into pineapple mixture. Serve immediately.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 14, 2011


      Very easy. Lots of sauce. Used entire bag of Popcorn Chicken from Costco. I baked the chicken and didn't coat with sauce until we served.

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    • on August 07, 2012


      Pretty good! My husband loved it. I omitted the onion (personal preference) and used the whole bag of popcorn chicken. I ended up keeping the popcorn chicken out separate from the dish, and added it as plates were made. I learned from the last time that I made it that reheated, the chicken is soggy and gross! Best to just allow it to be mixed into the sauce as needed if the dish won't be eaten all at once. The sauce is a bit overpowering, but still not sure how to combat that, even with multiple variations tried. Maybe... perhaps it's just me!

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    • on April 16, 2012


      My whole family loved this! Hubby thought it was even better on the second day.

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    Nutritional Facts for Sweet & Sour Popcorn Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (241 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 230.0
    Calories from Fat 32
    Total Fat 3.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 359.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 49.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    Sugars 42.1 g
    Protein 1.6 g

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