Recipe courtesy of Robert Irvine
Total:
32 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Sauce:
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 red chile pepper, stem and seeds removed and diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, lightly crushed with the side of a knife blade and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon peeled fresh ginger root, diced small
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Chicken:
  • 1 liter canola oil, or enough as needed to deep fry
  • 1 cup rice flour or all-purpose flour (or enough as needed for dredging)
  • Salt and freshly round black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts cut into "chicken-finger"-sized strips

Directions

Microwave the lime in a small bowl and set aside until it is just cool enough to handle. In a small bowl, create a slurry by gradually whisking 2 tablespoons water into the cornstarch. Through the feed tube of a running blender add, 1 at a time, the vinegar, chile pepper, garlic, ginger, salt, black pepper, and sugar. Then squeeze the lime from the micro-waved lime through the feed tube into the mixture. Then, leaving the blender running, add the slurry to the sauce, and pour the olive oil in a slow thin stream.

Heat the oil in the deep-fryer to 375 degrees F, or as directed by the manufacturer's instructions for similar foods.

Season the flour with salt and pepper and dredge the chicken strips, allowing any excess flour to fall away. Deep-fry the chicken and drain on paper towels.

Serve with sweet and sour sauce.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali

Sweet and Sour Chicken: Pollo in Agrodolce

Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali

"Buo-luo Ji" Sweet and Sour Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Ching He-Huang

Sweet and Sour Smoked Chicken Sausage and Apricot Skewers

Recipe courtesy of Dan Pashman|Laurie March

Crispy Chicken Fingers with Sweet and Sour Blood Orange Sauce, Blood Orange Watercress Salad

Recipe courtesy of Roger Mooking

Sweet and Sour Pork

Recipe courtesy of Ching-He Huang

Sweet and Sour Pork

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

Unwrapped

7am | 6c

Unwrapped

7:30am | 6:30c

Unwrapped

8am | 7c

Unwrapped

8:30am | 7:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

9:30am | 8:30c

Donut Showdown

10:30am | 9:30c

Donut Showdown

11am | 10c

Sugar Showdown

11:30am | 10:30c

Sugar Showdown

12pm | 11c

Sugar Showdown

12:30pm | 11:30c

Cupcake Wars

1pm | 12c

Cake Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c

Carnival Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

8pm | 7c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here