Recipe: Sweet and sour chicken with plums
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice (or pineapple juice)
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 3 unpeeled firm, sweet plums, cut into chunks
- 1 large stalk celery, sliced
- 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into small cubes
- 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
- salt and pepper
1 In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, sugar, vinegar, pomegranate or pineapple juice, and soy sauce; set aside.
2 Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the plums, celery, and scallions and cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then add the chicken, five-spice powder, salt, and pepper.
3 Stir and cook until the chicken is beginning to brown, another 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat and add the sauce. Stir until it thickens, another minute or so. Serve with steamed rice.
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From Time For Dinner. Published by Chronicle Books. Copyright 2010 by Chronicle Books. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of Chronicle Books.