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Sweet-and-Sour Chicken with Green Beans

I’ve made this lighter version of Sweet-and-Sour Chicken a few times now. Each time it get’s better and better. According to the January issue of Everyday Food the takeout version has some 1,009 calories in the dish verse the 447 calories in this dish I’m blogging about today. This is a great alternative to the caloric filled take out version. To be honest, I like this version way better than the takeout version. Essentially you can make your own home takeout for half the calories and not miss any flavors while doing so.

Source: Everyday Food, January 2011 issue
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1-1/4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch pieces
2 bell peppers (any color), seeded and decided larger
1/2 lb green beans, trimmed and halved
5 scallions, thinly sliced
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp chopped roasted peanuts (optional)

Directions:
1. Cook rice according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce, and vinegar. Set aside.

2. In a large skillet or wok, heat oil over high. Add chicken, bell peppers, and green beans and cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables begin to soften about 5 minutes. Add scallions, ginger, and garlic and cook, stirring, frequently, until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. 

3. Whisk soy sauce mixture, add to skillet, and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Fluff rice with a fork. To serve, spoon chicken mixture over rice and top with the optional peanuts if desired. 

   

3 Responses to “Sweet-and-Sour Chicken with Green Beans”

  1. Ashley posted on July 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm (#)

    yum! sounds good =) I really think John would enjoy this dish =)

  2. Katrina @Katrina Runs for Food posted on July 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm (#)

    I made stir fry yesterday with similar ingredients (I used pork instead of chicken). However, I have never made sweet and sour. This looks easy and yummy! I have learned that stir frys and soups are my two favorite ways to incorporate tons of veggies and little sugar/white processed stuff.

  3. Christy posted on July 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm (#)

    i love stir fry…i don't know what they put in the store-bought version to make it so caloric..because homemade is just as flavorful! thank you for sharing your version…it looks amazing!

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