Sweet & Sour Chicken and Fried Rice

  It has been unseasonably warm here, and on Tuesday, it finally snowed! YAY! 

It was the kind that falls really slow with REALLY big flakes.  We didn’t get much, but it was just beautiful!

  We had some special visitors tonight.  Dale thought they’d look good in the freezer.  Thankfully it’s not deer season, or that just might have been what occurred!!!!! 

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Back to supper, and it’s not Venison.  It’s Chicken and it’s Chinese!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 12 whole Raw Chicken Strips, Or 4-6 Boneless, Skinless Breasts, Cut In Strips
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 12 ounces, weight Jar Apricot Preserves
  • 1 envelope Dry Onion Soup Mix (about 1 Oz. Packet)
  • 1 bottle (10-12 Oz. Bottle) Russian Dressing

Preheat oven to 350F. If using chicken breasts, cut into strips. Flour each strip and lay them in a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Mix apricot preserves with onion soup and spread over chicken. Pour dressing over all and bake for 1 hour.

Sticky and delicious!!!!

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I have always struggled with pasty rice, not matter how much I rinse the rice, watch the pot, carefully fluff with a fork….my rice is sticky. YUCK!

But, that was before I found this recipe for Brown Rice that you bake in the oven. It turns out perfect every time!!!!! YAY!

{If you are making this to go with the Sweet and Sour Chicken above, you will want to double this.}

Brown Rice Bake

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1-½ cup Brown Basamati Rice

2 cups Chicken Broth

½ cups Water

½ teaspoons Salt

Preheat oven to 340*. Combine brown rice, chicken broth, water and salt in a 8×11 baking dish and cover tightly with foil. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before removing foil and fluffing with fork.

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  When you are done with this you can turn it into fried rice if you’d like, or just serve as is, with Teriyaki sautéed vegetables.

  Here is how I do fried rice:

  Cut up 4-5 cups of fresh veggies: broccoli, baby carrots, mushrooms, snow peas, thinly sliced garlic and onion. 

  In a large electric skillet, pour several Tablespoons of Olive Oil and heat up.  Add onions and garlic, then other veggies, stir frying for about 10 minutes. Add mushrooms last, they don’t need as much time.  Then, stir in a double batch of the Brown Rice Bake.  Add 4 T. soy sauce.  Stir and fry for a few more minutes before clearing a spot and adding 2 eggs.  Scramble, then stir in the rest of the mixture.  Cook off any remaining raw egg, then serve on  a plate with Sweet and Sour Chicken on top and Egg Rolls on the side.

Who needs Chinese Take Out when you can make a meal like this?!?!?!

~T

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For other Chinese Supper Favorites, go visit these recipes:

Vietnamese Fried Rice

Korean Style Noodle Bowls

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7 thoughts on “Sweet & Sour Chicken and Fried Rice

  1. It all sounds and looks so delicious!
    I love your snowy deer photo I have a woods behind my house and we get lots of deer as well and we just love to sit out in the summer and just watch them or sometimes just hear them walking in the woods as you can hear the crunch of their foot steps 🙂
    You got just enough snow for a beautiful photo!

  2. This looks soooooo yummy….and we’ve been eating a lot of chicken lately, just last night I decided I AM DONE WITH CHICKEN FOR AWHILE!!! Apparently that lasted until I read this post. Good job, Tonya!

    Your place looks so pretty–all the trees decked out in snow. I think I wouldn’t mind how flat Kansas is if I had pretty trees like yours to look at.

    • Girl, you can always make me smile! 🙂 Pregnancy cravings are a funny thing, aren’t they?! I hope you enjoy this, we sure did. I never did get your review on the Sauerkraut soup. Is no news good news, or don’t ask, don’t tell?!! LOL 🙂 I can handle it.

  3. Yum! Yum! It all looks great. We had brown rice for dinner last night…I’ll have to try baking it your way. The snowy photos are all lovely too. I learned to make fried rice for a Phillipino neighbor years ago…LOOOVE it! Thanks for sharing these yummy dishes. I’ve seen this recipe for the chicken before but don’t believe I’ve ever tried it…that’s about to change.

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