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Fengli Chicken with Arborio Rice

Are you ready to make a simple 12-step, Chinese inspired recipe that will wow your family’s taste buds?

Here we go…

Prepare your ingredients:

Chicken
  • 1 lb of boneless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Sauce
  • 1/2 cup splenda brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
Rice
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 cup chicken stock/broth
  • 1 cup water
Garnish
  • Fresh scallions
  • Sesame seeds

Now the magic starts:

Step 1: Heat olive oil in large pan on medium heat.

Step 2: Chop chicken thighs into 1 inch cubes.

Step 3: Add chicken to heated oil then sprinkle with salt. Stir occasionally until all pieces have lightly browned.

Step 4: Moved browned chicken pieces to a bowl and set aside.

Step 5: In the same pan, saute’ the chopped bell pepper until soft.

Step 6: While the bell pepper is cooking, in another bowl, combine the pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, splenda brown sugar, and corn starch. Whisk until fully integrated.

Step 7: Remember to stir your bell pepper around in the pan so as not to burn. When these pieces are soft, pour the pineapple juice mixture into the pan and raise the heat to medium high. Continue whisking every so often as the sauce thickens.

Step 8: Pour the arborio rice into a medium sized pot. Add the chicken stock/broth and water. Stir to combine then turn the heat on to medium.

Step 9: There is no need to stir the rice as its cooking otherwise it will take on a glue-like consistency. Simply leave it alone, checking on it every so often until the rice has completely absorbed the liquid. Then turn off the heat.

Step 10: Once your sauce has thickened, add the chicken back into the pan then turn the heat down to medium-low to allow everything to simmer together while the rice is finishing. About 7 minutes.

Step 11: Check your rice. Once all the liquid has been absorbed, , you can fluff the rice with a fork. Turn off the heat and let it sit with the lid on until your chicken mixture is ready.

Step 12: Once everything is ready, its time to plate it up. Add the rice to your plates, then spoon the chicken and sauce over the rice. Sprinkle the dish with the chopped scallions and sesame seeds and you are ready to serve!

Fengli Sweet and Sour Chicken

Great job! Please enjoy….

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. – Chinese Proverb

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