Sweet and sour chicken…quick and simple

So what do you get when you have two people too tired to go to the store but willing to try to be creative in the kitchen? This time, we got an excellent Asian creation, sweet and sour chicken in ramen noodles.

We both love Asian food and every now and then we would visit Pei Wei in fort worth for something quick and easy. We haven’t been to Pei Wei since we moved up here (mainly I don’t think we have found one and also trying to do more cooking) and actually haven’t had too much Asian food either. So as I was scrounging around in the closet trying to find something for us to eat, I came across some Ramen noodles. I started to remember a dish that Pei Wei had that I really liked with Ramen and that got my brain going. I remembered we had some chicken left over from another dish we made and that gave me two ingredients. Now all I needed was something to tie it all together. That is where Rachel came in. as I was voicing this idea, she told me about a sweet and sour sauce she found on Pinterest. It was simple enough and boom, we had everything we needed for dinner.

This is a real simple dish, but can be very flavorful if done right. Let your creativity go wild with this. Simply pan sear some chicken and season them with some salt and pepper. We didn’t think to season it too much since it was mainly going to be coated in a sauce. Also, you can coat the chicken in a type of batter and fry it if you would like.

While the chicken is going, drop the ramen noodles in the water and let them cook. I think the package said 3 minutes but we had a lot going on so they have stayed in 5 minutes or so.

The sauce is quite simple, it is ¾ cup of sugar, 4 TBS of Ketchup, ¼ cup of vinegar, 1 tbs of soy sauce, 1 tsp of garlic salt (Rachel added aa little bit of sesame oil as well which increased the flavor)… Mix all of the ingredients up and that is it.

Once the chicken is done or near completion, add the noodles and sauce to the chicken (I forgot to mention that this should probably be done in a large skillet). Let the sauce meld together with the noodles and chicken over a medium heat and you are done. Also, the sauce makes a lot so you won’t need the whole thing.

We had this with some leftover white rice, but would also go well with fried rice. Also, since I love to doctor things and Rachel is starting to get that way too, I added a little extra soy sauce to the overall dish. Also, we had had some chile sauce that added an extra flavor to it with the spice which I thought made it fantastic.

If we had more time, we probably would have added some veggies like carrots or broccoli or snap peas, but we just didn’t have time. It ended up being a wonderful dish that we will make again.

Trying to figure out this cooking thing,

Matt and Rachel

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