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Sweet and Sour Chicken with Cherries

You can use either sweet or tart cherries with this recipe – this is a sweet and sour dish, so adjust the amount of honey or vinegar based on how sweet your cherries are. I love Sweet and Sour Sauce – it’s a healthy version that uses orange juice for a nice fruity zing. If fresh cherries aren’t in your life right now, feel free to use another fruit – both fresh pineapple and mango work great. Oh, I’ve even used frozen, pitted cherries in the recipe with great results as well.

 

People to feed: Family 4
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins

 

Ingredients

Boneless Chicken : 6 ounces, cut into bite sized pieces
Soy Sauce : 1 tablespoon
Cornstarch : ½ teaspoon
Cooking Oil : 2 tablespoons
Onion : ½ cut into 1” chunks
Cherries : 1 ½ cups fresh, pitted and halved
Red Pepper : 1/2, cut into 1” chunks
Yellow Pepper : 1/2, cut into 1” chunksFor the Sweet and Sour Sauce
Fresh Ginger : 1 tablespoon
Honey or Agave Nectar : 2 tablespoons
Orange Juice : 3 tablespoons
Ketchup : 3 tablespoons
Vinegar : 3 tablespoons

Cooking Procedure:

  1. In a bowl, toss the chicken meat with the soy sauce and cornstarch.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce.
  3. Heat a wok or saute pan over high heat. Swirl in just 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. When hot, add in the marinated chicken. Spread chicken out all over the surface of wok in single layer. Let cook for 2 minutes, undisturbed, until browned. Flip chicken pieces and brown the other side, about 1 minute. Chicken should be browned but still uncooked in the middle. Remove chicken from wok and set aside.
  4. Keep the wok on stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Swirl in the remaining cooking oil. When hot, add the onions and stir fry for 1 minute. Add in the cherries, red and yellow bell peppers. Stir fry for 2 minutes, until the bell peppers are cooked, but still colorful and crunchy.
  5. Add the partially cooked chicken back into the wok and pour in the sweet and sour sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook an additional minute, or until the chicken is fully cooked through. Careful not to overcook the chicken!
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