Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls

Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls - adapted from Company's Coming - Chinese Cooking

Chicken Balls
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 4.5 tsp. water
  • 1 lb. chicken into bite size pieces
  • canola oil, for deep-frying
  1. Preheat oil in dutch oven or deep-fryer on medium heat or to 375ºF (190ºC).
  2. Stir together flour, cornstarch and salt. Make a well in the centre. Crack eggs into the well. Add water. Whisk to first combine water and eggs, then stir together all ingredients until smooth.
  3. Add chicken. Stir to coat.
  4. With a fork, drop chicken one piece at a time into hot oil. Cook in batches, making sure to not over-crowd the pan, until light golden brown and chicken is cooked through. (3-5 min.)
  5. Remove to a paper towel lined baking tray to drain.

* To freeze: Once chicken is completely cooled and drained, transfer to a resealable freezer bag or plastic container and throw in the freezer. For even more convenience divide them into bags depending on the amount of servings required. (one recipe makes 6-8 servings depending on the appetite.)

* To cook from frozen: Place on a baking sheet (frozen) and bake at 400ºF (200ºC) for 15-20 min. until crisp and heated through.

Sweet & Sour Pineapple Sauce
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 (14oz) can pineapple tidbits, do not drain
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  1. Fry onion in a bit of oil, in a saucepan, until starting to softened.
  2. Add canned pineapple (juice and all), brown sugar, vinegar and salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. Combine the cornstarch and water in a separate bowl or cup until dissolved. Add to pineapple mixture along with green pepper. Simmer 2 minutes until thick.
  4. Pour over chicken balls to serve.

* To freeze: Allow to cool. Divide into containers depending on the amount of servings you want per container. Keep in mind that one recipe of sauce covers one recipe of chicken balls.

Serves: 6-8