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There is one thing I really don’t understand – spammers. I have been getting spam comments galore these last couple weeks. As soon as I’m notified that they are there, they automatically go in the garbage. But I don’t understand them to start off with. Does anyone really click on those links that they leave? And why is it that they are always in broken English? And don’t these people realize that the comments get deleted and they are wasting their time? Regardless, I’ve had to change my comments for the time being. You can no longer comment as an anonymous commenter. I hate doing this because I know that there are people who leave valid anonymous comments, so this won’t be permanent, but hopefully this pesky spammer I have will leave and I’ll be able to go back to normal in a week or two.

I am convinced that I have something for sweet and sour chicken. Anytime I see a recipe with those 4 words in it, I always bookmark it. This would be the 3rd that I’ve made and posted here on my blog!! The first is still my favorite, the second was mighty tasty as well, but the third? It was ok. I loved the idea of this recipe, and I may try it again to see if I can perfect it. It was good, just not great. But it was so easy that it’s worth another try!!

Sweet & Sour Chicken III
adapted from Food Network Magazine November 2009

Serves 4

Cooking Time: about 30 minutes

3 to 4 pounds of chicken legs
salt and pepper
all-purpose flour, for dusting
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound onions, cut into large chunks
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Position rack in upper third of the oven and preheat to 450F.

Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Dust the skin side with flour. Place a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and heat until shimmering. Add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook until the skin is golden, about 5 minutes. Turn the pieces and pour off the excess fat. Tuck the onions under and around the chicken and cook until just golden, about 2 more minutes.

Push the chicken aside, then stir in the tomato paste and thyme and cook until the paste darkens, about 30 seconds. Add the vinegar and apple cider, bring to a boil and simmer 1 minute. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the chicken until just cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

Transfer the chicken, skin-side up, to a heatproof serving dish and return to the oven (turn the oven off). Bring the sauce left in the pan to a boil and reduce by half, 3 to 4 minutes. Lower the heat and whisk in the butter. Spoon the sauce over the chicken.

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12 Responses to Sweet & Sour Chicken III

  1. Sook says:

    Yeah, what is up with those spammers?? I don't get it either. This sweet and sour chicken looks different from the one that we are used to but looks healthier. 🙂

  2. Katerina says:

    That is one of the things I love about my wordpress move is the Akismet plugin, It totally saves the day.

    This chicken looks delicious, so often they have scary ingredients but not this one.

  3. Lizzybee says:

    I think Blogger has a setting in comments where you can set it up for the little word mix up comes up. This way people have to fill that up before their comment goes live.

  4. grace says:

    shocker of all shockers–i don't think i've ever had apples and chicken together! unacceptable! this is a nifty-sounding dish, as i also like the sweet and sour party in the mouth. also, spam comments stink.

  5. teresa says:

    yeah, spammers are annoying, i always feel like they are such a waste of a comment, lol!

    i'm going to have to check out your other sweet and sour chickens, although this one looks really awesome too!

  6. Abby says:

    I got some AWFUL comments way back. It was spam, but it had horrible racial things in it and it went on for paragraph after paragraph. I turned on the word captcha and it went away. Phew.

    I have a weakness for anything even remotely related to Chinese. It's my crack.

  7. Jamie @ Bungalow Bee says:

    I just made Sweet & Sour Chicken the other night. It was yummy! Not as fancy as yours, but still good. I love it 🙂

  8. Ingrid says:

    Hmmm, I don't know if I've made a sweet & sour chicken recipe yet. I guess I'll have to go back to your first one and check it out.

  9. ~~louise~~ says:

    Darn those spammers.

    I had to laugh when I saw those puckering words. I adore Sweet & Sour Chicken. So much so, I was thinking of declaring a day; Sweet & Sour Chicken Day!!! I surely am not waiting to National Chicken Month to try these babies. They look scrumptious! Nice change from pineapple. Uh Oh, Bookmarked!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Deborah

  10. dobetter says:

    Those onions look amazing!

  11. Sweet and Savory says:

    Sweet and sour chicken is a winning dish and yours sounds like it belongs on the top of the list.

  12. alex's pearl says:

    Ah, I have been looking for ideas for my packed lunch. This looks very very promising! By the way, are you from the Philly? Because adobo is one of our signature dishes.

    Your photos look great, and so does your food! I also host a food blog but it's not as good as this one.

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