Rating: 3.28 stars
81 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 29
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 5

Add distinctive flavor to dinnertime with this easy recipe for a Chinese buffet favorite.

Everyday Food, April 2005

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prep:
45 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, toss chicken with 1 tablespoon each soy sauce and cornstarch, salt, and pepper. In another bowl, combine remaining soy sauce and cornstarch, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, and 1/2 cup water; set aside.

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Cook half the chicken, turning occasionally, until browned and almost cooked through, 4 minutes; remove. Cook the remaining chicken in another tablespoon oil; remove.

  • Add remaining oil to the pan. Add peppers, white parts of scallions, and garlic; cook over medium-high, stirring, until peppers are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.

  • Whisk soy sauce mixture; add to pan. Return chicken; add scallion greens. Cook, stirring, until sauce has thickened and chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately over rice, if desired.

Cook's Notes

Cut the vegetables ahead of time; refrigerate, in separate airtight containers lined with damp paper towels, for up to a day. For sweeter flavor, add up to a cup of cubed pineapple along with the scallion greens in step 4.

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Reviews (12)

81 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 29
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 1 stars
04/13/2016
If you've never had decent Chinese food before, this probably tastes OK; it definitely caters to the midwestern palate. However, for those of us who know what decent Chinese food tastes like, this is horribly disgusting. I should have known when I saw ketchup as an ingredient, especially in that quantity, and when ginger wasn't included. The dish tasted like ketchup, but not in a good way. Kids who normally devour Asian flavors (and who love ketchup) wouldn't touch it. Had to throw it away.
Rating: Unrated
08/02/2015
Incredibly easy and delicious! Our 4 and 6 year old absolutely loved it, and we all had seconds!
Rating: Unrated
02/08/2013
This dish has a beautiful presentation. We did not care for the sauce, however...it was bland...should have been sweeter in my opinion...but the dish was gorgeous looking!!
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Rating: Unrated
10/04/2011
Great meal. Thumbs up from the family who have all lived in Malaysia. Seemed to be too many peppers even with using three.
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2011
This was a really good meal. I have to say 5 stars. I served with whole grain rice.
Rating: Unrated
04/09/2010
This recipe is awesome. It is always delicious. Definitely add the optional pineapple!
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Rating: Unrated
02/08/2010
This dish tasted primarily of ketchup. If I can find something to reduce that taste it would be quite good. For a quick meal it is still ok.
Rating: Unrated
11/11/2008
AWESOME!! My no-vegetable-eating husband LOVED this dish and asked me to make it again. Great for my 5 year old too!
Rating: Unrated
09/22/2008
This was great! I made it this weekend and it was a real hit. I found the pineapple really added the right about of tang to this dish. It was not the same without it.
Rating: Unrated
09/17/2008
I made this last night. While not gourmet both of my kids enjoyed it and the picky one even at some pepper. I used yellow and orange peppers. Thanks!
Rating: Unrated
09/16/2008
Great recipe. Easy and flavorful. The whole family liked it. Plus I didn't have to run out and buy any odd ingredients to make the sauce - everything was in my pantry!
Rating: Unrated
09/16/2008
I'm droolng!!! I find that regular white vinegar works fine too if you don't have rice vinegar on hand. I also always add pineapple chunks in their own juice to the mixture which will cut down on the amount of sugar used.