Sweet Sour Shrimp with Chicken

Sweet & Sour Shrimp and Chicken

What was for dinner last night? Well, it was supposed to be pizza, but this momma wanted something that was Sweet and Sour. We had chicken and shrimp ready to be eaten, so I busted out a recipe for Sweet and Sour Sauce and made a quick meal with Shrimp and Chicken tossed in a hearty vegetable stir-fry. Pair this meal with brown rice and you have a winner-winner for chicken dinner.

sweet and sour shrimp and chicken with green onions on top

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What makes this recipe awesome

There are a few ways in which this recipe for Sweet and Sour Shrimp is awesome.The main one is by using tail-on shrimp. Once the raw shrimp has thawed, removing the tails is quite easy as they are already de-veined and cut. Pulling the slice open and holding the tail, you can then carefully pull the shell and taill off leaving a raw shrimp behind. Once the shrimps are peeled, you can then rinse them in a strainer to make sure all of the shells are off before cooking them. By using raw shrimp, instead of pre cooked, you allow the flavors of the meal to become infused into the shrimp.

In addition to the shrimp, making Sweet & Sour sauce from scratch helps to make this recipe so much tastier. However, feel free to use a jar that has been bought if you have some or no desire to make your own. Personally, once you make sauces from scratch, you will fall in love and not want to go back to store bought varieties!

Additionally, this Sweet and Sour sauce would be great to dip egg rolls into. Check out my recipe for Egg Rolls or Crab Rangoons by clicking the links below.

Sweet and Sour Shrimp with Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

Brown Rice
4 Chicken breasts, cut into 1-2 inch chunks
16-oz Shrimp, thawed and peeled
4 Tbsp oil
2 Bell Peppers
4 Carrots
1 Onion
Soy Sauce
Ketchup
Brown sugar
White Sugar
Garlic

ingredients to make sweet and sour shrimp and chicken

Directions

1. Measure and add brown rice to a medium saucepan and add water, then swirl the water around the rice and strain it out. Do this three times to clean the brown rice. After it is rinsed, add enough water in the pot that when your hand rests on the rice, the water comes up to your middle finger knuckle. Then, cook the rice on medium until it boils, turn the heat to low and cover the pot, then simmer for 30 minutes or until cooked.

2. Wash the carrots and peppers in a sink colander, then on a cutting board peel the carrots and dice the peppers, onion and garlic.

3. Warm 2 Tbsp oil in a large saucepan and add the diced onion and diced peppers and cook until tender.

4. Add the diced carrots to the large saucepan and then cook until tender, stirring often.

cooked vegetables for sweet and sour sauce with shrimp and chicken

5. Cut the chicken into 1-2 inch chunks. Warm 2 Tbsp oil in a large saucepan and place chicken into the pan to cook. When the edges of the chicken are white, flip the chicken and then cover the pan, turn off the heat and set a timer for 10 minutes leaving the pan on the still warm burner.

6. Remove the chicken from the large saucepan and then place it into the pan with the vegetables.

cooked chicken removed from saucepan and added to cooked vegetables

7. Add the shrimp to the large saucepan and cook until just pink on both sides of the shrimp, then remove the shrimp and place them in a bowl. Using raw shrimp is best as it will be cooked perfectly without being over cooked and rubbery. Typically, I buy frozen raw shrimp with shells and tails still on, once they are thawed, remove the shells. These are much less expensive than already peeled shrimp.

Make the Sweet & Sour Sauce

1. Make the sweet and sour sauce in a separate saucepan by adding all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan and heat to boiling.

2. Mince the garlic on a cutting board and add it to the sweet and sour sauce, then bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes until it thickens.

3. Finally, add the shrimp back to the large saucepan with the vegetables and chicken and pour the cooked sweet and sour sauce into the pan and sprinkle with green onion. Serve with rice and enjoy!
~Monica

Shrimp and Chicken with Sweet and Sour sauce in large saucepan

Recipe for Sweet and Sour Shrimp with Chicken

Ingredients for Sweet and Sour Shrimp

Brown Rice
4 Chicken breasts, cut into 1-2 inch chunks
16-oz Shrimp, thawed and peeled
4 Tbsp oil
2 Bell Peppers
4 Carrots
1 Onion
Soy Sauce
Ketchup
Brown sugar
White Sugar
Garlic
2 green onions

Directions for Sweet and Sour Shrimp

1. Measure and add brown rice to a medium saucepan and add water, then swirl the water around the rice and strain it out, make sure to do this three times to clean the brown rice. When the rice is ready to be cooked, add enough water in the pot that when your hand rests on the rice, the water comes up to your middle finger knuckle. Then, cook the rice on medium until it boils, turn the heat to low and cover the pot, then simmer for 30 minutes or until cooked.
2. Wash the carrots and peppers in a sink colander, then on a cutting board peel the carrots and dice the peppers, onion and garlic.
3. Warm 2 Tbsp oil in a large saucepan and add the diced onion and diced peppers and cook until tender.
4. Add the diced carrots to the large saucepan and then cook until tender, stirring often.
5. Cut the chicken into 1-2 inch chunks. Then, warm 2 Tbsp oil in a large saucepan and place chicken into the pan to cook. When the edges of the chicken are white, flip the chicken and then cover the pan, turn off the heat and set a timer for 10 minutes leaving the pan on the still warm burner.
6. Remove the chicken from the large saucepan and then place it into the pan with the vegetables.
7. Add the shrimp to the large saucepan and cook until just pink on both sides of the shrimp, then remove the shrimp and place them in a bowl.

Make the Sweet & Sour Sauce

1. Make the sweet and sour sauce in a separate saucepan by adding all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan and then heat to boiling.
2. Mince the garlic and add it to the sweet and sour sauce, then bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes until it thickens.
3. Add the shrimp back to the large saucepan with the vegetables and chicken and pour the cooked sweet and sour sauce into the pan and sprinkle with green onion. Finally, serve with rice and enjoy!

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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