quick and easy sweet & sour chicken

It’s  Monday.   need I say more? I’ve spent the day recovering the house from ‘weekend house’.. how do 4 people make such a mess?

Oh yeah.. because I leave a trail everywhere that I go….. oopsie  I should work on that.

It’s just the two girls for dinner tonight ( that I know of, I never really know who will walk through that doors with a pillow in hand and an overnight bag 😉 )

They are also at an away soccer game which means that I have no idea what time they will get home.

I also know that they will be starving!

One of my favorite ways to cook is to take inventory of what I have and come up with an idea.

I have cooked chicken

I have cooked rice ( if I didn’t that would be easy enough to do )

I have a can of mandarin oranges

I have jalapeno in the garden. And a spicy red pepper 😉

I have a small red onion…

Ii’m going to make sweet and sour chicken!

I’m basing it loosely off of THIS recipe…. but I dont; want to use orange food coloring or tons of oil… so this is what I’m thinking….

1~ dice the chicken ..

2~Add a small amount of oil to a saucepan. Sautee onion and peppers just until translucent.

* yes, I buy my vinegar in gallons… I use it to make hom made cleaning solutions 🙂  and just pretend that I had the sugar in this pic….*

3~ To the veggies add

juice from the oranges

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups water

3/4 cup vinegar ( regular old white)

bring to a boil, then reduce heat.

4~ Mix 1/2 cup cornstarch with 1/2 cup COLD water. Stir into sauce & keep stirring until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

  5~Stir in cooked chicken breast, and drained mandarin   oranges and frozen peas. ( 1/2  cup or so…?)   heat up rice & serve on top !

I also have a few Trader Joe’s potstickers in the freezer, so I’ll cook them up as well.

I love cleaning out the freezer 🙂

If you don’t have cooked chicken, then cube up chicken breast and season with salt & pepper, saute…. then continue.

Or make them the way the original recipe calls. But I think it sounds kinda heavy….

fast forward….. they are home and dinner has been served 🙂

and the girls LOVED this recipe! I’ll certainly be making this for them again… The chicken that I used was actually from a chicken that I cooked a bit back & froze the leftovers.. Next time I make chicken I will cook extra and freeze it again so that I can throw this together on another weeknight 🙂

Laundry Tree has all of the winners addresses, I will let you know as soon as they ship ( they will be coming directly form the company 😉

happy Monday evening, friends!  ….  I’ll be watching the new fall TV line up and working on finishing up the next give away ….

hint.. it’s home made AND I’ll include a tutorial for those who want to be all crafty 🙂


psst… a few of you have asked me about the cleanse…  I have added a ‘page’ over to the right with a complete recap of my last summer and info on what I am currently doing.. I will update by editting in nightly 🙂   smooches


  1. Yum. I have to try this. How do you come with new ideas all he time?


    • I was too lazy to go to the store today… My sweats feel REALLY nice.. and I took inventory and knew the girls like Chinese food (imagine that! ) Tian’s eyes got HUGELY wide when she saw it 🙂


  2. Mmmmmmm i am def. Going to make.this sometime!


  3. Sounds good. I’m going to try it.


  4. Cathy Thomas says:

    I was surprised… Do you eat chicken? I think it looks great and I could easily see using baked tofu in this!
    Ok so I am a pottery freak and someday I will make my own!!! My dream is to have a studio some day! But where did you get that bowl!???


    • first of all, no, I do not eat chicken… but since my family does I still cook it. ( Plus I am doing the cleanse right now.. otherwise i would have saved a bit of the sauce for my tofu. my dinner is listed in the link to the right that says my thoughts about cleansing 🙂 I found that bowl somewhere on the internet ( I love pottery as well) ( I think I have it pinned on my Pinterest page) and Scott surprised me for Christmas! this was seriously that first time that I used them.. the are noodle bowls.. there are holes in the side to rest chop sticks!


  5. This looks sooooo good! I’ll be using tofu 🙂 And I already have all the ingredients!! This might just be dinner tonight with steamed broccoli and brown rice 🙂


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