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Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Ingredients:
1 (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained (save syrup)
2 green bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 3/4 cups water
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
2 drops orange food coloring
8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 egg
2 cups water
1 quart vegetable oil for frying

Directions:
In saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, vinegar, reserved pineapple syrup, and orange food coloring; heat to boiling. Turn off heat. Combine 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water; slowly stir into saucepan. Continue stirring until mixture thickens. Combine flour, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, salt, white pepper, and egg. Add 1 1/2 cups water gradually to make a thick batter. Stir to blend thoroughly. Add chicken and stir until well coated. Heat oil in skillet or wok to 360 degrees. Fry chicken cubes in hot oil until golden. Remove chicken, and drain on paper towels. When ready to serve, layer green peppers, pineapple chunks, and cooked chicken on a platter. Pour hot sweet and sour sauce over top. Serve with rice. Makes 8 servings.

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