Going through the grocery flyers this week, I noticed that corned beef, cabbage and red potatoes were all on sale and realized that St. Patrick’s Day was just around the corner. A good food blogger would have been prepared to feature some St Patty’s Day food-related item today. I am apparently not a good food blogger.
Honestly, it just slipped my mind. It’s not my favorite holiday, although I am a big fan of corned beef and cabbage. Unfortunately my past couple attempts at making one have been borderline epic fails.
Okay, less borderline and more epic fail.
Obviously I experienced another epic fail when it came to whipping up a special treat to celebrate this holiday. The good news is that I still have a delicious dish to share, but it is about as non-related to St. Patrick’s Day as you can get. It’s sweet and sour chicken.
Yup, people are gearing up to drink green beer and pinch those foolish enough to not wear green, and I decide to share a Chinese (well, sort of) entree instead. I am a rebel. Or just ill-prepared. Take your pick!
I used to intensely dislike Chinese food, although in absolute fairness I never tasted truly authentic Chinese food growing up. That stuff in a can is NOT real Chinese food, not matter what the label says. Eventually, a Chinese restaurant opened in my small hometown and my world changed after just one bite.
For many years, I always ordered sweet and sour chicken. And when I felt adventurous, I ordered the sweet and sour pork. 🙂 Now days, I actually do try other dishes, but sweet and sour chicken still remains a favorite. It’s possible that I am slightly enamored with the raspberry colored sauce. It’s just pretty.
This version tastes just as good as your favorite restaurant. I loved, loved, LOVED it. The chicken was crispy and juicy, and the sauce was a nice bright raspberry color. However, please note that it did not reheat well. The chicken not only lost it’s crispiness but seemed a bit mushy to me, so I recommend only making enough for one meal. I definitely plan on making this again because waiters look at me funny when I order it at a restaurant. Of course, it goes from side-eye looks to laughter when they see me attempt to eat with chopsticks. 🙂