Sometimes I get some pretty neat stuff in the mail. I don't really do reviews here, but, if someone's going to send me free food, I usually try it out. And, sometimes, it ends up in a recipe. This one is pretty cool. Darrell Lea, which apparently, accordinging to an Aussie friend of mine, really IS Australia's favorite liquorice, sent me four flavors of "soft-eating" liquorice recently. I received Mango, Strawberry, Green Apple and Black liquorice.
At first I wasn't sure if I could incorporate these into a savory recipe. Ideas floated around about desserts while I happily munched on a few pieces of the strawberry flavor (delicious by the way, and I dig the softness compared to the usual American-style candy). Then I thought of this recipe from the Crockpot lady: Brown Sugar Chicken. My husband loves this recipe with real chicken, but we add diced bell peppers and onions. So I guess our version is more Sweet and Sour Chicken.
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Adapted from Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet and Sour Chicken.
Alternately, you can pan-brown a bag of Quorn chicken tenders dredged in egg and cornstarch.
For the Sauce:
4-6 pieces mango-flavored liquorice (or sub 1/2 C brown sugar or equivalent jolly ranchers)
4 Tbsp. ketchup
1/2 C vinegar (rice or white)
1/4 C lemon lime or gingerale soda
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 bell pepper, diced
Yield: 4 servings
Place the vegetables in a little dipper or 4 quart slow cooker.
Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and pour evenly over the vegetables.
Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or on high for 1 hour.
Serve "chicken" over a bowl of white rice with a ladle full of the broth.
Mmm....delicious. I actually made this two ways to test it. I much preferred NOT putting the crispy chicken in the slow cooker. It was super delicious with the sauce over it at the end. I thought that not cooking it with the onions and peppers might take away from the flavor, but the crispiness was the most important part.
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