I do love a good bowl/plate of sweet and sour chicken. When I was going to college, there was a fast food Chinese restaurant that I would visit (frequently) called, The Egg Roll King. The one dish I would order over and over and over was there sweet and sour chicken. The reason I loved it so much at the time was because all it included was battered, deep fried chunks of chicken with a sweet and sour sauce. No veggies, just deep fried chunks of goodness. I tend to over look it nowadays when I'm at a Chinese restaurant - once I branched out and tried new things, I swore I'd never go back to it - but sometimes, you need to set aside silly little statements like that and just do it! And I'm glad I did, this was DE-LIC-OUS! And, if you wanted to use the marinade as a sauce for a stir fry, well, by all means... just do it!! (actually, that was what the original recipe was for...hehe)
Sweet and Sour Grilled Chicken
Adapted from the Food Network Kitchens
2 Tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (such as Sambal Oelek)
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 lb chicken (I used boneless, skinless breasts)
In a saucepan, add all ingredients except the chicken. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Stir until sauce has thickened, this should take only a few minutes. Once sauce has thickened, remove from heat and allow to cool.
Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Place the chicken in a shallow dish or resealable bag. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the sauce. Pour the remaining cooled sauce over the chicken and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Preheat grill to 375 degrees and oil the grill grates. Remove the chicken and discard the marinade. Place chicken directly on the grill grates and allow to cook for 7-10 minutes per side or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Remove from grill and allow to sit for 3 minutes before slicing into. Enjoy!
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