Everyone loves takeout. I don't care if you're willing to admit it but I know it's true. Come on, you're a foodie I would never hold that against you. I do, however, recognize the drawbacks of the usual takeout foods like that they're greasy, full of MSG, fat, and everything else that makes them good. So how can you resist a recipe that is homemade and BETTER than what you get for $8.00 a portion at a restaurant? I don't think you could.
What You'll Need:
2 1/2 lbs of chicken breast
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup cornstartch
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
Oil for frying
Start by cutting your chicken into cubes. We're going for bite-size here.
Add the soy sauce and salt to the chicken. Cover and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Don't be afraid of the soy sauce here because you're not going to be adding any salt later. Now's the time to get salty.
When the chicken is almost ready get your oil hot. You'll need about 2 inches of oil. You can also get your batter ready. In a bowl mix your cornstarch and baking powder. When it's mixed add your eggs and pepper. It's going to be hard to mix because of the cornstarch so you'll have to mix pretty fast in order to get everything incorporated. It's kind of like a science project.
Put your chicken in and get it all coated.
Put small batches of chicken in the oil in order to control cooking temperature. We were able to get everything done in two batches. Cook until the chicken is "the right color" (Mike's words, not mine) then use a meat thermometer to make sure chicken is fully cooked. Put it on a paper towel covered plate to drain any excess oil.
Remove this sauce and place in a bowl so you can add the remaining cornstarch. Wisk it together. When it's all mixed heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in the sauce pan so it get's really hot. When it's ready add the sauce back into the pan and mix frequently until it thickens. If you want make the sauce pop a little more add two drops of yellow food coloring
|The sauce pre-food coloring and thickened.|
|With the food coloring added. A little really goes a long way.|
Pour the sauce over the chicken and coat it evenly. Mmmmm.....
We usually serve this dish with rice and broccoli. Honestly the chicken is great base for any sauce or just as-is. The soy sauce marinade gives the chicken a really great seasoned flavor that makes it hard to resist eating the chicken on the spot (hard until the sauce is ready, anyway). The sauce is really sweet and has a great tang. It really is the best homemade takeout dish and better than what you find at a restaurant.