Mandarin Chicken (Sweet and Sour Chicken)

This sweet and sour chicken recipe is outstanding. It is a popular Chinese dish with the added bonus of being homemade!

Mandarin Chicken (Sweet and Sour Chicken)

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    Ingredients

    3 lb frying chicken 3 tablespoon white vinegar
    1 1/2 teaspoon peanut oil 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
    1/2 onion, diced 1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 green bell pepper, diced 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    3/4 cup catsup 1/2 cup canned mandarin oranges drained & 6 tablespoons syrup from canned mandarin oranges

    directions

    Prep: 1 hour 45 min (105 mins) Total:
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    • 1

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    • 2

      Rinse the chicken and pat dry.

    • 3

      Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika.

    • 4

      Place the chicken skin side down in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

    • 5

      Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.

    • 6

      Remove from the oven.

    • 7

      Drain off the liquid.

    • 8

      Return the chicken to the oven.

    • 9

      Bake another 15 minutes.

    • 10

      Heat the oil in a medium saucepan.

    • 11

      Add the onion and green bell pepper.

    • 12

      Sauté until just barely tender, about 3 minutes.

    • 13

      Add the catsup, vinegar, brown sugar and salt.

    • 14

      Blend the cornstarch and the syrup from the mandarin oranges.

    • 15

      Stir into the sauce.

    • 16

      Cook, stirring steadily, until the sauce thickens and becomes smooth.

    • 17

      Pour the sauce over the chicken.

    • 18

      Bake until the chicken is tender, about 10 minutes.

    • 19

      Add the mandarin oranges.

    • 20

      Bake until the oranges are heated through, 3-5 minutes.

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