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Sweet and Sour Chicken with Green Beans

If you’re looking for the usual fried “chicken” pieces (is that grisly stuff really chicken? It seems rather suspicious to me!) served with scary hot pinkish-red sauce, you’re in the wrong place! What I have instead is a wonderful version that does not involve frying, but does involve real chicken, with the only red in it coming from the peppers.  It’s real.  It’s healthy.  It’s bright & colorful.  It’s delicious!  For reals.

Although I found this recipe unique and refreshing, I balked a little at the green beans.  They just seem so random!  I considered subbing green peppers, but I went with it and it all worked great, plus they made for a some nice visual variety amidst the square-ish chunks of chicken and peppers.  I’d recommend following the directions, however, and cutting the green beans in half, because I discovered that forgetting to do so makes serving and eating them kind of tricky. Oh well, it was still delicious and there’s always next time!

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Green Beans

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1 cup long-grain brown rice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 bell peppers (any color) seeded and diced large
1/2 lb green beans, trimmed and halved
5 scallions, thinly sliced
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
3 garlic cloves, minced

Cook rice according to package directions. Heat oil over high in wok. Add chicken, peppers, green beans and cook until softened, 5 min. Add scallions, ginger garlic and cook until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender, 4 min. Whisk soy sauce mixture, add to skillet, and cook until sauce is thickened, 3 min.

Serves 4. Per serving: 470 calories; 7 g fat; 63 g carb; 7 g fiber; 39 g protein

Recipe source: Everyday Food January/February 2011

This post is linked with Cupcake Muffins for this week’s BSI: green beans!


About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

14 responses »

  1. I’ve done the same thing with green beans, realized too late that they are too big! This looks GOOD! I was drooling over your chocolate something post! I had to stay away!!


  2. Well you know I already love this dish!!! :) I love how we have the same taste in food!


  3. Ah yes, i do like the fried version, but some days frying is just not sensible. I like this, but i will def omit the green beans and add the peppers.


  4. Yum! It’s so funny that we both posted stir fry recipes this morning using bell peppers. Huh. We must be cosmically aligned or something. =)


  5. I always love these Chinese food, your recipe looks lovely. You have a lovely collection of recipes here with all yummy photographs.


  6. This looks soooo gooood — definitely much better than any takeout! Just a question about the sugar — was it very sweet with 1/4 c sugar? I only ask because while I’m a fan of the sweet/savory combo, I don’t like my savories too sweet, if that makes sense. :) Bookmarking! If (or I should say, when ;) ) I make this I think I’ll half the sugar at first and adjust upwards from there.


    • Well, it was sweet but not overly sweet. I think it was about the usual sweetness of sweet & sour sauce. yeah, that’s probably best to just start with less and add more as you like. Hope you enjoy!


  7. I actually love having green beans in my stir fry – great BSI entry! :D


  8. I am trying the sweet & sour chicken with green beans for supper tonight. I cook by pictures, glad to see great coloured pics.



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