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Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

An addictive Chinese takeout favorite without all the fuss!  This baked sweet and sour chicken recipe is so easy, so flavorful, and will satisfy all your Chinese food cravings.

An addictive Chinese takeout favorite without all the fuss! This baked sweet and sour chicken recipe is so easy, so flavorful, and will satisfy all your Chinese food cravings. passthechallah.com

It’s almost December 25th, which means it’s almost time for me to partake in the Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas.  If you’re Jewish, you know exactly what I’m talking about and count down the days to ordering sesame chicken and egg drop soup every year.  If you’re not Jewish, you are probably scratching your head at this strange custom.  The truth is, I have no idea how it started.  Maybe because Chinese restaurants were the only places open on Christmas?  Fellow Jews, does anybody know how this tradition started?  Why are Jews obsessed with Chinese food, especially on December 25th?  Whatever the reason, I am more than happy to partake.

I love Chinese food, especially the greasy unhealthy kind.  All the sticky, savory, salty sauces coating tender chicken, crisp vegetables smothered in soy sauce, crispy fried wontons and pillowy soft dumplings. . . okay I need to stop before I go into a virtual food coma.  Do you have the same infatuation with Chinese food?  Why is it so insanely delicious and addicting and why isn’t there any in front of me right now?!

An addictive Chinese takeout favorite without all the fuss! This baked sweet and sour chicken recipe is so easy, so flavorful, and will satisfy all your Chinese food cravings. passthechallah.com

Well now that I’ve made my love for Chinese food very clear, I have to make a little confession.  I don’t cook Chinese food.  I know, it’s embarrassing.  You can laugh at me if you want.  I’m usually pretty fearless when it comes to the kitchen, but Chinese food still intimidates me.  It could be because the recipes usually have lots of steps, or lots of hard-to-find ingredients, or maybe I don’t truly believe the mouth-watering taste of authentic Chinese takeout can be replicated.  Whatever the reason, Chinese food is one of the few cuisines I shy away from making.

Then how is it that I’m sharing a Chinese recipe with you?  Because this recipe is so easy that it doesn’t count!  That’s right, it’s the classic flavors of our beloved sweet and sour chicken without all the work.  A Chinese food on Christmas miracle!  I’m telling you, I feel like I’ve hit the lottery with this recipe.  Because the chicken bakes on the bone, there’s no cutting, breading, or frying required.  And the sweet and sour sauce is out of this world.  Honestly.  It fulfills all my Chinese takeout cravings and more.

An addictive Chinese takeout favorite without all the fuss! This baked sweet and sour chicken recipe is so easy, so flavorful, and will satisfy all your Chinese food cravings. passthechallah.com

You’re gonna wanna make this pronto.  Whether it’s to fulfill a December 25th tradition, or treat yourself to Chinese takeout at home, or to serve your family an easy and crowd-pleasing dinner, this baked sweet and sour chicken completely hits the spot.

Head on over to The Nosher where I share the full recipe.  Enjoy!

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  • CakeSpy December 29, 2015, 10:43 am

    Awesome! I love chinese food but sometimes I wonder about the ingredients. Now I can know what I am putting into it!

    • Samantha December 29, 2015, 12:02 pm

      I totally agree! Takeout chinese food is delicious but can also feel a little….mysterious.

      Also, I love your blog! Your whimsical vibe is so fun and different. I have happened upon it before and really like what you are doing :)

  • Kate @ Babaganosh.org January 2, 2016, 5:34 pm

    I also always thought it was because Chinese restaurants were the only ones open on Christmas. I celebrate Christmas with my fiance now, but before that I used to love going into NYC on Christmas eve or Christmas day – there is a peaceful calmness around the whole city because most of the people are inside. And you can always count on a Chinese food restaurant being open if you get hungry :)

    This chicken looks so good, I can practically taste it just from looking at my screen!

  • Claudia Davis January 28, 2016, 6:15 pm

    This will be my next dish of yours I am going to try. I cannot wait. It looks sooooo good.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    I also love love love that red casserole dish. Where did you get it/ what’s the brand?

    • Samantha January 28, 2016, 10:49 pm

      Sticky saucy Chinese food at its best! Let me know how the recipe turns out for you. I actually found the pan at a very unexpected place- it’s from Michaels! The brand is “Celebrate It” and it’s a great deal with their 40% off coupon. I love it. Got it around Christmas time, so not sure if it was seasonal…

  • Miriam Ebrani May 17, 2016, 5:04 pm

    Can’t wait to try it out! looks delicious

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