This is almost crockpot gourmet! I mean, who knew you could have steak, shrimp, potatoes, and corn on the cob out of a slow cooker!? The greatest thing about it was it's simplicity and the ability to sub ingredients for whatever you are in the mood for.
This is my all time favorite dinner, no joke. Which is also why I am linking up with It's a Keeper which is being guest hosted over at B & the boy!! I could probably live off of this meal and nothing else! It's funny to realize that now, because growing up my mom made it about once a week and I got so sick of it that I never wanted to eat it! To go straight to the recipe, click here!
The great thing about this recipe is that it takes so little to make something so tasty! Here is what you need:
I've been making this recipe for over a year now and it is by far my favorite sweet n sour chicken recipe - it beats out Wanchai Ferry and any packet you may buy (trust me I've tried quite a few varieties) and it is super easy!! I am linking up (a day late!) with the Tuesday Lineup of Bloggers: Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, and Tuesdays at the Table! Thanks to all of you for hosting!
Here's what you'll need to get started:
Cut up chicken (this is about 1.5lbs), 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 egg white. All you'll need to do here is mix the cornstarch and egg white (also can add a little salt here but I always forget) and pour it over the chicken, mix it in well and then let the mix rest for 15 minutes.
NOPE! I don't. Not a penny. It's shameful really (j/k). I usually use what my mom uses and she uses what my grandma uses... this goes all the way back to prehistoric times. If you like another brand name, by all means, use it! It won't affect the recipe. If another brand is on sale - DEFINITELY buy it, there is no shame in saving money, and even I will vary on brands from time to time if I get a good deal.
Don't a lot of these packets have recipes already on them? Or even on the brand website?
They sure do. Most packets contain a recipe on the back and you can also visit their website for even more variations. If you want to use those, feel free, but I typically always tweak and add in order to please myself and my family.
Do you really think it is easy, or even cost-efficient, to use packets instead of using your own mix of seasonings?
Easy? Yes, very easy. Think of the time you spend looking through your spice drawer/cabinet/rack, then digging around looking for your measuring spoons, dirtying them up and then putting everything away, when instead you could just rip open a packet and throw it away. Of course, if you are a super organized person this may not be an issue for you, but we can't all be perfect.
As for cost-efficient? I'm going to go with probably not. But we aren't talking millions of dollars here - packets cost anywhere from 50 cents to 2 dollars and if you stock up when they are on sale you really aren't losing that much. Plus some recipes call for some crazy spice you only need once and then you have more clutter you don't need!
One final note on this issue - I used to always buy taco packets. BUT, I just recently got my hands on an excellent recipe for taco seasoning that is almost identical to the packet. So now I mix up a big batch of that, seal it in Tupperware and store it in my pantry, taking out what I need as I go through the month. I will post this recipe eventually, when I run out of the massive supply I currently have.
Will you only post recipes that use packets?
Originally I had planned to do only recipes that involved packets, but then I wouldn't be able to keep this blog going for very long. So instead, I decided that really when people think of cooking with packets they think of easy meals they can throw together quick, sticking with that I will post recipes along those lines. Word of warning though, sometimes I might feel dangerous and throw in something complicated, but only if it is REALLY worth the time and trouble.
Has anyone ever told you that your pictures need a little work?
Shockingly enough, I am not a photographer, if the pictures hurt your eyes, scroll down and just read the recipe!