Saturday, June 25, 2011

Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken with Sesame Seeds

I'm so excited, I did this recipe a few weeks ago and somehow the recipe disappeared, could it be I have too many recipes, anyway Leslie called Rlynn to tell him they were coming to fertilize our lawn, and I asked her if I could have this recipe again as it had been in a Fertalawn newsletter. She e-mailed it to me and here it is.  Leslie did this in a crockpot, I adapted it to the pressure cooker.  I will do this recipe  again. The crock pot took 3 to 4 hours and the pressure cooker took 20 minutes.

One 3 to 5 pound broiler/fryer.
2/3 cup soy sauce
2/3 cup brown sugar or 1/3 cup agave
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup apple juice
2 Tlb. ketchup
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, optional or reduced, it does make it spicey) (My favorite spice)
1 clove garlic, pressed
2 green onions, trimmed and halved or 1/4 onion cut up
4 Tlb. cornstarch
2 Tlb. water
1 or 2 Tlb. sesame seeds.
Cooked rice

Wash and dry the chicken thoroughly. Cut off any lumps of fat, can also remove the skin.  Put the chicken in the cooker, breast side up. Leslie doesn't say too, but I browned the chicken.  Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, water, apple juice, ketchup, red pepper flakes and garlic in a small bowl.  Pour over chicken.  Pressure cook for 20 minutes, natural release.  If it doesn't seem done enough, cook 10 more minutes.  When I did it, it was done enough for me. Transfer chicken to a platter and pull off all the meat from the bones and cut or shred in small pieces.  Combine the cornstarch and water and stir into the juice mixture.  Cook until thickened. I had to do the cornstarch mixture twice as I didn't stir fast enough and the cornstarch went into one big blob.  Put cut up chicken over rice, then sauce, then your green onions and sesame seeds.  So Good!

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