Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sweet & Sour Sauce

This recipe originally came from "Deseret Recipes", a cookbook published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I altered the recipe to better suit our tastes and it is definitely a favorite in our house. It is great served over the homemade chicken nuggets I posted a couple of weeks ago. It is also good served over chicken that has been baked or sauteed if you are trying to cut the amount of fat in your diet. This makes quite a bit of sauce, so you may need to halve the recipe if you have a small family. :)

Sweet & Sour Sauce

2 cans (13 0z) pineapple tidbits - drain juice and reserve

add enough water to pineapple juice to equal 3 3/4 cups of liquid

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 Tablespoons soy sauce or gluten free, low sodium Tamari sauce

1 1/8 cups vinegar

Cornstarch (about 2-3 Tablespoons) Sorry I don't have an exact measurement on this...the original recipe calls for flour and to make it gluten free I switched to cornstarch.

Optional: thinly sliced onions, celery, and carrots

If using the veggies, saute them lightly in just a little bit of oil until crisp tender. Add all other ingredients except cornstarch and pineapple tidbits. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Dissolve cornstarch in a bit of cold water and add to mixture. Stir quickly to keep it from clumping together and stir until thickened. Add pineapple tidbits and serve over steamed rice and chicken.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

Wow! I can't believe I've neglected this blog for so long! I've been dabbling in gluten free cooking over the past few months since my diagnosis of gluten intolerance. One of the foods I have missed the most is chicken nuggets....and I had especially been craving chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A.

I should warn you now that I am notorious for not measuring when I cook (especially main dishes). Hopefully this recipe will turn out as yummy for you as it did for me. We've made it a couple of times now and it's become a family favorite. My daughter even made it one night for her and hubby while I was out of town (she's gluten intolerant too). They poured homemade sweet and sour sauce over them and served over steamed rice. Yum!!! I'll share the sweet & sour sauce recipe another day soon. Probably next week since we'll be camping this weekend and enjoying the last bit of summer. :)

If you don't need these to be gluten free, simply use regular flour instead of gluten free flour.

equal amounts of gluten free flour blend & cornmeal (approx. 1 cup of each)
Spices (I used Mrs. Dash, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder)
2 eggs beaten and thinned out with about 1/4 cup of milk
1 1/2 - 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces

Blend gluten free flour, cornmeal, and spices together. Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture and then in the flour & spice mixture. Fry in hot oil until golden brown and cooked all the way through. Drain on paper towels and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.