This recipe comes pretty darn close. It's delicious and actually fairly nutritious as well. The sauce definitely makes the dish. Be sure to serve the remaining sauce on the side so your diners can add as much or as little as they like. We used some of ours as dipping sauce for our eggrolls - yum!
Sweet & Sour Chicken
adapted slightly from Evil Shenanigans
3/4 cup pineapple juice (I bought a whole pineapple and pureed 3/4 cup in the blender.)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (I used ground ginger because I was too lazy to get mine out of the freezer.)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 boneless-skinless chicken breasts cut into 1″ strips (I cubed mine.)
1 cup red bell pepper, cut into 1/2″ chunks
1 cup onion, cut into 1/2″ chunks
1 cup sliced button mushrooms
1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks
2 cups steamed white rice (I used brown rice - it's all about your health people!)
In a medium saucepan combine the water, pineapple juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic, and ginger. Bring to a boil over medium heat then reduce to a simmer and allow to reduce by half.
While the sauce reduces heat half of the vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken chunks and cook until the internal temperature reaches 160F and the chicken is lightly browned. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
Add the remaining oil and once it shimmers add the bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Cook until they are just tender, about three minutes. Add the pineapple and cook until the pineapple is hot and tender, another three minutes. Add the chicken back to the pan and heat through.
Once the sauce has reduced mix the cornstarch and water to form a slurry. Bring the sauce back to a boil an whisk in the slurry. Cook for thirty seconds then turn off the heat. Pour half the sauce over the chicken mixture and toss to coat. Pass the remaining sauce.