Chef John

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Chef John’s Cooking Class | Sweet & Sour Chicken Meatballs

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You can learn how to make meatballs that are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and covered in a refreshingly tangy sauce. With this recipe, it will be easy to make a meatball dish that is a feast for the eyes.
Features: Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Refreshing sweet and sour taste, beautiful color, delicious but not fatty.

CUISINES: Chinese
LEVEL: EASY
SERVING: 2 People
TIME: 30 min
COOKING TIME: 20 min
INGREDIENTS:
  • lb. Boneless chicken thigh
  • 【Marinade】
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp Egg white
  • 1 tsp Corn starch
  • 【Crispy Coating】
  • 2 Cups Corn starch
  • 【Deep frying】
  • 3 Qt Corn oil
  • 【Sauce】
  • ½ tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1 stalk Green onions cut Into 1/2 Inch pieces
  • ¼ Large Brown onion, diced
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ cup Crystal sugar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Ground salt
  • ½ cup Strawberry jam
  • ½ cup Green and red pepper, sliced
  • ¼ cup Pineapple
  • cup White vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch slurry (1 to 2 ratio of cornstarch to water)
DIRECTIONS:
Step 1
Step 1
Step 1
First, place the boneless skinless chicken thigh on a cutting board. Using the front part of a Chinese cleaver, pound the meat to break the tendons only. Then cut the meat into small pieces. When pounding the meat, use proper force but don't break the meat.
Step 2
Step 2
Step 2
In a bowl, marinate the chicken pieces with 【Marinade】. Mix evenly.
Step 3
Step 3
Step 3
Coat the marinated chicken pieces with cornstarch one by one then shape them into meatballs. Set aside.
Step 4
Step 4
Step 4
In a cooking pan over high heat, heat enough oil to 350°F/180°C, deep fry the chicken balls for 2-3 minutes and remove from oil.
Step 5
Step 5
Step 5
When the oil temperature reaches 350°F/180°C again, re-fry for 1-2 minutes and remove from oil. Re-fry again for 1-2 minutes until golden crispy before removing from oil.
Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
In a clay pot over medium heat, add a small amount of oil. Stir fry onion and green onion for 1-2 minutes until fragrant, then add ketchup, water, crystal sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, salt, and strawberry jam. Cook for 1-2 minutes then remove the onion and green onion pieces from the pot.
Step 7
Step 7
Step 7
Add green and red pepper, pineapple, whiter vinegar, stir and bring to a boil. Add slurry and quickly mix well.
Step 8
Step 8
Step 8
Add the chicken meatballs into the pot then stir to mix well. Make sure all meatballs were coated with the sauce evenly.
Step 9
Step 9
Step 9
Enjoy!