Today was a long day. Then my daughter came home and shouted, "Its my turn to cook!" I love her enthusiasm. Kids are great like that, right?! So we dove right in! She chose Sweet and Sour Chicken- pretty simple. We cooked our rice in a rice cooker (I didn't even know this was a real thing until I was in college and now I love having it). I prefer to add chicken broth in lieu of just water to our rice- makes a world of difference. You could add some pineapple juice to the rice for this dish instead though with a little bit of garlic powder.
Kid Friendly Sweet and Sour Chicken
3 chicken breasts thawed (or use pre-cut and cooked kind or leftovers)
1 egg yolk
1 T milk
2 T flour (or 1 1/2 T cornstarch but I have a corn allergy)
Black Pepper to taste
4 T chicken stock
2 T Ketchup
2 T Sugar
Pineapple cut up into bite sized pieces
1. Cut chicken breasts into small bite sized pieces and toss into a skillet. Make a circle in the middle of the chicken and put mix up the egg yolk, milk, flour, and black pepper there. After it is combined, stir in to coat the chicken. Cook chicken until its no longer pink.
2. Add some veggies. If you have fresh veggies, then remove the chicken and cook the veggies until tender. If you have frozen veggies, just add them in and cook until warmed through. We just used peas tonight but matchstick carrots, green beans, baby corn, etc. would be good too.
3. While the veggies are cooking, whisk the stock, ketchup, and sugar together. If you like soy sauce, add 1 T but if you are like me and are allergic to soy try some garlic, onion, and a little bit of salt to taste. Add mixture to chicken and veggies.
4. Once all the ingredients are warmed together, add the pineapple and set on low until the rice is done. Serve chicken on top of rice.
That's it. My daughter did everything except cut the chicken. She was awesome! Part of being the chef on Friday means serving everyone too. She definitely took great pride in handing out her dish tonight which is nice to see. She took her job very seriously.
Tonight's Silly Supper was....Fancy Nancy Dinner! We dressed up the table with the nicer plates and cups, cloth napkins, candles in the middle of the table and brought some flowers over. We tried using some French words and fancier words (i.e. big words) for things as well. As the dinner progressed, so did the fancy rules. "Remember you must lift your pinky when you drink." "You must say Excuse-moi if you need to get up." "Let's dim the lights a little so the candles are brighter." It was a fun meal.
Here's some of the topics we discussed tonight (add your answers in the comments):
1. What food would you be willing to try for $100? (Tuna fish)
2. If you had a baby and had to name him/her after someone at this table, what would it be? (My kids, obviously!)
3. If you had to marry someone in your church class who would it be and why? (Good to know....)
4. What's the one chore you would like to never have to do again? (Clean the toilets.)