Friday, March 30, 2012

Homemade Chinese Food

I love Chinese food.  I mean, really, who doesn't?  I don't love; however, all the extra sodium in Chinese food and the inevitable belly ache after eating.  So I've been trying my hand at making homemade Chinese food.  

This Sweet & Sour Chicken with Fried Rice and White Sauce was delicious!  Below are the recipes that I made.  They were altered and put together from a few different sources so it's my own, right? :P

Sweet & Sour Chicken


  • For the chicken coating:
  • 2-3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • For the sweet and sour sauce:
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Cut chicken into cubes.
    3. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs.
    4. Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook chicken until browned and mostly cooked through.
    5. Place the chicken in an 8x8 baking dish.
    6. Mix all of the sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and then pour evenly over the chicken.
    7. Bake for 45 minutes, turning the chicken every 15 minutes.

Fried Rice


  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 4-6 cloves garlic
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce


  • 1. On medium high heat, heat the oils in a large skillet or wok.
    2. Mince garlic and add to oil.
    3. Add chopped carrots and stir fry until tender.
    4. Move mixture to one side of the pan.
    5. Beat eggs and pour into empty side of skillet. Stir fry until scrambled.
    6. Add the rice and soy sauce and blend everything together.
    7. Stir fry until thoroughly heated.

White Sauce


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper


  • 1. Melt butter.
    2. Whisk together with all remaining ingredients, except water, until creamy.
    3. Add water until desired consistency is reached.

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