Taste Test Tuesday #4: Healthy Sweet n Sour Chicken (under 350 calories!)

Taste Test Tuesday #4: Healthy Sweet n Sour Chicken (under 350 calories!)

Growing up, my sole go-to meal when ordering out from Chinese restaurants was Sweet n Sour Chicken. I’ve got a huge sweet tooth (as if you couldn’t tell, from all my baking recipes!) and anytime I can order something sweet as my main meal, I’m gonna go for it. I didn’t pay much attention to the fact that the meal was fried, and loaded with sugar until I got older. Still craving it, I had to find a way to lighten it up!

Enter…this recipe. It combines my favorite things – the ease of a slow cooker, a sweet entrĂ©e AND a filling meal that I won’t feel guilty about. img_5057

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup low-sugar ketchup (or tomato paste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup edamame (or 2 cups snow peas)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained
  • Sesame seeds, to garnish

Directions

  1. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Spray a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the chicken in the slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together the cider vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic powder, salt, and sweetener, and add it to the slow cooker.
  2. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
  3. During the last hour of cooking, add in the carrots, bell peppers, snow peas, and water chestnuts, and stir to combine.
  4. Remove the chicken and veggies from the slow cooker, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve warm with whole-grain rice or quinoa, if desired.

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