Chinese sweet & spicy boneless chicken bites

My family and I love sweet and spicy chicken bites. I make it when we go to potlucks, picnics and when football season start this is most common food that we munch on. Simple recipe with burst of flavor. 

Ingredinets:

  • 1 pound chicken breast (you can use boneless chicken thighs)
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Few pinches of salt (to taste)
  • Cornstarch, as needed (or flour)
  • Oil for frying
Sauce:
  • 1 Tbs. Chinese rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 Tbs. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. Chili paste or sauce
  • 3 Tbs. chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. ginger, minced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoons cornstarch or flour for thickening sauce, 
  • Soy sauce to taste
  • Small dried red chili peppers, according to taste
Garnish:
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Toasted Sesame seeds 
Directions:
  1. Cut the chicken into about 1-inch cubes. Combine the chicken cubes with the egg, soy sauce, and pepper. Add enough cornstarch to nicely coat the chicken by turning it few times. 
  2. Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl, stirring to dissolve the sugar and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan to between 350 and 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Drop the chicken cubes into the hot oil; ADD few pieces at a time, and deep-fry until  golden and crispy ( about 4 minutes). Remove the chicken cubes and drain on kitchen paper towel.
  4. Drain and clean out the wok or frying pan and heat a tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot add the dried chili peppers. Stir-fry until aromatic (about a minute or less).
  5. Add the deep-fried chicken cubes back into the wok. Stir-fry until the chicken cubes are browned, take it only the chicken out on a clean paper towel, leaving chili peppers in the wok or frying pan. 
  6. Give the sauce a quick stir and add into the middle of the wok. If you added cornstarch or flour to the sauce, stir it continually until it thickens, add soy sauce until it reaches your desirable taste.
  7. Put the chicken back in the wok and mix it with the sauce. Cook and stir for another 2 minutes, until the chicken is nicely coated with the sauce.

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