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Sweet & Sour Chicken For Chilly Nights (a tongue twister recipe)

Originally posted on June 8, 2015


It has been unusually cold in Sydney. But I  should really try to keep it all in perspective because only three years ago ‘cold’ for me was about five months long and much of it buried under lots of snow. I think you girls might have had it even colder in your cities  last week than us in Sydney- at least Aussie winters stay green and camellias just keep flowering like crazy!


Your aunty the Salsa Queen was in town recently for conferences….and dancing. We had the pleasure of sharing a meal with her.  I must put this recipe up as she thinks it will be one that her household will enjoy. I think it will work well for yours too. Easy, spicy and sweet and quick to make.Perhaps you can cook it one night for you new housemates in the East Village. We’ll miss you dearest Izzy, but have the BEST time!




Sticky Chicken


  • 1.5 kg chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite size pieces

  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder

  • 1/2 cup corn flour

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • 1 large purple onion, sliced

  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce

  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons sambal olek

  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  1. Place the chicken pieces in a large plastic ziplock bag and add the corn flour, chilli,  pepper and salt. Shake vigorously until the chicken is evenly coated.

  2. Mix all the other ingredients together in a bowl except the onion and oil.

  3. Heat the oil in a large fry pan, and brown the chicken pieces in batches. Set aside.

  4. When all the chicken pieces are browned, add a little more oil to the pan, and stir in the onions. Cook until melted and soft.

  5. Add the browned chicken, and the sauce, and stir well.

  6. Cover with a lid, turn the heat down, and simmer for a further twenty minutes, until the sauce is thick and coats the chicken well.

  7. Serve with some yummy green veggies!





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