I love Chinese food. Or at least, my American rendition of Chinese food. :-) This recipe is NOT for those of you living in Asia - I don't mind if you laugh at the severely non-authentic dish I'm about to share! But it's a family favorite at my house, and even yummy enough to serve to company if you're living in Africa.


Sweet & Sour Chicken

1 onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped (or any color sweet pepper)

1 clove garlic, minced

1" ginger, grated

1/2 pineapple (or a whole small one)

1 c green beans or other veggie (optional)

1-2 c. cooked chicken, chopped (pork is good also)

1/4 c. soy sauce

1/2 t.salt

1/2 c. vinegar

1/3 c. brown sugar (white is fine too)

1 c. chicken broth or water w/chicken bullion (if using bullion, reduce salt)

3 T. cornstarch


Fry onion and green pepper in a small amount of oil until soft. Add garlic & ginger for the last few minutes, but be careful because they burn quickly. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT cornstarch. Cook 20-30 minutes, or until pineapple and green beans are tender. Add more water if needed while cooking. Just before serving, mix cornstarch with a small amount of water (1/4 c.) and slowly add, stirring vigorously to avoid lumps. Serve over steamed rice.

This recipe can also be used to cook chicken legs or breast pieces, if you want to serve more meat with your meal (nicer for company meals.) Follow the same instructions, except add raw chicken pieces instead of chopped meat, and use water without bullion. Be sure to cook at least 30 minutes, or until chicken is done.

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