Toddler Meal: Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Cynthia Dermody

Cantonese Sweet-and-Sour ChickenHere's a favorite recipe rom my own kitchen! I made Cantonese Sweet-and-Sour Chicken stir fry for my fussy complainers (my 4-year-old, my 5-year-old, my husband) last week and it was a huge hit. The chicken pieces came out buttery tender when I marinated them overnight. And I sprinkled in some almonds for a nice crunch -- but you can easily leave those out if your tots are too young or allergic.

This yummy toddler-friendly dish comes from Relish!, an online recipe site I subscribe to. For $7 a month, I get weekly menus and shopping lists. I love that all the dishes are simple and quick, and mostly made with fresh ingredients that are always handy or easy to get. 

Every once in a while, I like to branch out and expose my toddlers to different culinary tastes. I thought this dish's tangy and sweet flavor was a good one to try, and I was right. The plates were clean, and everyone qualified for dessert!

Cantonese Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

Prep time: 25 mins.

Cook time: 5 mins.

You'll need:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 1/2 tbs. cornstarch

2 tbs. soy sauce (low-sodium)

1 teaspoon ginger, minced or grated

1 8-oz can pineapple chunks in juice

10 ounces sweet-and-sour sauce (in the Asian food section)

3 tsp. canola oil, divided

2 cups snow peas (I used snap peas -- my toddlers like them better!)

1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds (optional)

Make it:

1. Cut chicken in 1 inch pieces. Combine cornstarch, soy sauce and ginger in medium bowl. Add chicken, toss to coat, and let stand for 15 minutes. (I actually let the pieces marinate overnight and it made the chicken incredibly tender!)

2. In small bowl, drain the pineapple juice from the can and combine it with the sweet-and-sour sauce.

3. In a wok or large skillet (that's what I used) over medium high heat, heat oil until hot but not smoking. Add chicken and stir fry 2 minutes; transfer to plate. Add another couple of drops of oil, then add peas and stir fry for a few minutes or until tender enough for your toddler.

4. Add chicken, almonds and sweet-and-sour mixture and cook, stirring, until chicken is cooked through and coated with sauce. Gently stir in pineapple and heat through.

Tip: Serve atop white, fluffy Jasmati Rice!

Check back next Thursday for another great recipe. Got a favorite toddler friendly meal or snack of your own to share with other idea-strapped mamas? Let me know about it and I may feature it here.

Past Toddler Meals:

Italian Goulash

Parmesan Risotto

Chicken Sausages

Easy Quesadillas

Barbecue Cups

Healthy Ketchup

Cinnamon Raisin Roll-Ups

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