Want a recipe for an easy spicy sweet and sour fried chicken? There are a million ways to prepare sweet and sour sauce, but I think I have found a super-easy way if your home is regularly stocked with Thai sweet chili sauce, tomato ketchup, and soy sauce. The sauce comes together in minutes, and if you want an even faster dish, use thinly sliced chicken strips instead of fried chicken strips. 🙂
How do I prepare the fried chicken strips?
I won’t dispute that you can make this dish with thinly sliced chicken, but trust me, make the bite-size fried chicken strips. They are not difficult, and are good enough to eat on their own!
The fried chicken strips will need:
- 600 gram chicken strips, from chicken breast/thigh
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
First, marinate the chicken strips with bruised garlic cloves, lime juice, and salt for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the batter, and you will need:
- 100 gram all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tablespoon tapioca starch, or cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
Coat the chicken with all the batter mix. Then heat enough oil in a pot for deep frying. And once the oil is hot, fry the chicken strips until golden brown.
Next, we’ll make the easy sweet and sour sauce to go with the fried chicken strips.
What goes into this spicy sweet and sour sauce?
This easy spicy sweet and sour sauce needs only simple ingredients.
For the aromatics:
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 50 gram shallots, thinly sliced
For the vegetables:
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 fresh pineapple, bite sizes
For the sauce, I come up with this super easy combination from:
- 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
- 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 cup chicken broth
- salt and pepper, as needed.
Different brands of sauces have different salt levels, so be sure to taste first before adding more salt and pepper.
And finally, to get that thick luscious sauce and garnish, we will need:
- 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water, to make cornstarch slurry
- thinly sliced scallions
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