So after last night’s dipping sauce, I was obsessed with making a full sweet and sour meal. This recipe was inspired by a recipe for Sweet and Sour Pork from Weeknight Paleo by Amber Bean. If you are just getting started with paleo, this cookbook is filled with easy, flavorful recipes!
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5 dinners, few lunches
2 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 – 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 – 2/3 cup coconut aminos
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup maple syrup, honey or pineapple juice (fresh or from canned pineapple with no sugar added)
- 1/2 – 2/3 cup homemade ketchup or tomato paste
- 1 tbsp. garlic infused olive oil or 1 tbsp. EVOO and 1 tbsp. minced garlic
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 4 medium carrots, sliced
- 2 red peppers, chopped
- 4 scallions, chopped, green part only
- 1 can sliced water chestnuts
- 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
- 1 cup Pineapple chunks (fresh or from a can with no sugar added)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 – 3 tbsp. of arrowroot powder, with equal amount of water for thickening
- Melt coconut oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat.
- Add chicken, then salt and pepper.
- Cook about 3 minutes on each side, until almost fully cooked.
- Remove chicken from pan and set aside. (leave juices)
- While chicken is cooking, mix up the sauce in a small bowl. Whisk coconut aminos, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and ketchup together.
- Add garlic infused oil or EVOO and minced garlic to pan.
- Add carrots and broccoli first and sauté.
- After a minute or so, add peppers and scallions.
- After another minute, add back the chicken and mix in the sauce.
- Simmer for a few minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.
- For a thicker sauce, take 2-3 tbsp. of arrowroot powder and mix it with 2-3 tbsp. water in a small bowl.
- Add it to the pan and stir well. Sauce should start to thicken in a few minutes.
- Taste this dish as some people like their sweet and sour more vinegary or sweet or tangy, then adjust if needed.
- Serve immediately over rice or spaghetti squash.